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December 2018 Bulletin 38

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. We would always be very happy to hear from you. Visit our website for more!

Here’s our opportunity to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year

In this issue:

  1. HCCA AGM “Celebrating Women”
  2. Hotwells Cliftonwood Clean Air Group HCCCAG
  3. Air Pollution Monitoring
  4. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group
  5. Cliftonwood Town Green
  6. Jacob’s Well Hub and Baths
  7. Lifeskills Charity Volunteers required 
  8. Neighbourhood Forum
  9. Community Payback
  10. Waste and Recycle Calendars
  11. 20 mph Review
  12. Bristol’s Equality Charter
  13. Help for Syrian Refugees
  14. Bristol Consultations.
  15. Christmas Sale 9th December
  16. Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance
  17. Bristol Older People’s Forum BOPF
  18. Know Your Place


1. HCCA AGM “Celebrating Women”.  Those of you who were not able to come to our AGM missed an informative talk from Jane Duffus, now busily working on her second book about the “Women who built Bristol”. Apparently there are still more who could be included even under the criteria that you have to be dead before you have a chance! Your Community Association is still looking for volunteers to assist us in our work. Please contact us if you think you have time and energy to offer. admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

2. Hotwells Cliftonwood Clean Air Group HCCCAG. There was a good turnout for the first meeting on the 15th November. The next step is to form a Hotwells and Clifton Wood Group and campaign for change. If you are interested in helping with the practicalities of getting the group set up please contact Bill Venables at billdeven@gmail.com or ring 07552193006. There will be lots to do: Setting up regular meetings, designing and writing leaflets and posters, leaflet distribution, setting up and running a website/Facebook group and organising individual campaigns. In the meanwhile there is always something you could do. i.e.Lobby the Mayor. More information at https://www.cleanairforbristol.org/get-involved/. and https://www.bristol.gov.uk/pests-pollution-noise-food/smoke-control-areas See also the next item

3. Air Pollution Monitoring  You might also be interested to be involved in air pollution monitoring. The HCCACG is fortunate to have an offer from Dr Chris Adams at Bristol University Chemistry Department (a resident in the area) to provide Nitrogen Dioxide monitors and have them analysed by his students. A number of people at the meeting expressed an interest in getting involved in this and “hosting” a monitor. If you are interested get in touch directly with final year student Farrah Hassan email:   fh16855@my.bristol.ac.uk or call her on 07932400137.  Feel free also to email or call her if you’d like to provide more insight into problem areas other than the main road, which will help a lot with her project research.  She is keen to hear from you.

4. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group The group has recently written again to the Mayor on 3 particular issues. Firstly the use of images which are unacknowledged and have caused at least some to assume that they are the Mayor’s plan. Secondly we have asked for access to the ARUP report at the earliest opportunity. This is the report that should indicate the possibilities (or otherwise) for a new crossing over the river. Thirdly we have asked for a redrawing of the boundary of the “Western Harbour” development such that a new line would leave out the Avonquay island where the Sea Cadets are based and Channel Yacht Sales are housed. This is because the uncertainty surrounding possible developments here means that no one on this island is getting a reasonable length of lease that would allow them to apply for grants which are essential for their futures. We wait to see how the Mayor responds.

5. Cliftonwood Town Green.  On Sunday 9th December at 3 pm a fun event of dressing the Christmas tree will take place (whatever the weather!) on the Town Green. Followed or accompanied by carols, mince pies and mulled wine. There will also be notelets and Christmas cards of the Town Green and Cliftonwood for sale. All welcome

6. Jacob’s Well Hub and Baths. JW Hub await to hear more from Fusion about a start date for work on the Baths. We do know they are making progress with similar developments in Newcastle and Ipswich. JW Hub activities continue but with the expected seasonal break. More information to be found on http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/

7. Lifeskills Charity Volunteers required.   Lifeskills is a safety education charity based in the CREATE centre. Every year, thousands of Year 6 children come to Lifeskills to learn how to deal with potentially dangerous or difficult situations in a safe environment. The Lifeskills Centre is a realistic village with houses, a road, shops, a railway and more. We need volunteers to guide small groups of children through the different scenarios, teaching them how to stay safe in their day-to-day lives. Sessions run from 9.40am – 12pm and 12.40pm – 3pm weekdays during term time. Volunteering is completely flexible and you can choose to do a half day or a whole day. The minimum commitment we ask for is 2 days a month. If you are interested, please call 0117 9224511 or email johanna@lifeskills-bristol.org.uk or head to our website: https://lifeskills-bristol.org.uk/volunteers/ for more information.

8. Neighbourhood Forum. As mentioned last month there is money we could get for local projects and we have not heard from anyone yet about ideas! Do get in touch if you have an idea that might improve things in our area. More information about the new arrangements can be found here. https://www.bristol.gov.uk/people-communities/area-committees  If you have ideas of projects we might pursue please get in touch with us. admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

9. Community Payback  Community Payback are able to assist communities by doing projects that range from litter picking and fly tipping removal, painting out graffiti and cutting back overgrown foliage, to redecorating community centres. They would be pleased to hear from you if you think there are things they could do in our area. You can Email neil.burwell@bristol.gov.uk the location and the type of job; if you could send photos then this would help to identify the location and the size of the job in question. We have already supported someone who has asked them to tackle graffiti on the Mardyke/Church Lane steps and we have asked them to consider a general steps and paths clear and clean up such that they are safer to navigate particularly in the dark.

10. Waste and Recycle Calendars.  The 2019 waste and recycling collection calendars are available online for residents to download. They can be downloaded from www.bristol.gov.uk/recycle more information can be found at http://www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk/learn-more-home/festive-need-know/ Bristol Waste are encouraging us to self-serve and download their calendar. They are very happy to also provide paper copies of calendars to those who prefer that version or do not have internet access. On top of that, they can also help with special requests for calendars, i.e. Braille or large print versions. There is more helpful information on the second page of the calendar.

11. 20 mph Review.  Headline results from those who responded to the summer’s 20mph Review reveal    95% of people support 20mph outside schools, 74% of people support 20mph on residential roads and 44% of people support 20mph on main roads. The Bristol 20mph team are inviting people to support the idea with appropriate “selfies”! See https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0f8400eb4ca0bb0dd4c508b59/images/b11a0040-7c5a-47d0-909e-9d8a4f640988.png more information can be seen at    https://mailchi.mp/bristol/bristols-20mph-speed-limit-review-what-next

12. Bristol’s Equality Charter. Organisations from across Bristol have joined together to launch the City’s first collective agreement to promote the values of equality, diversity and inclusion. The Bristol Equality Charter was launched on 12 November. The charter is a set of pledges to support creating a fairer, safer, accessible and inclusive city, and encourages both individuals and organisations to sign up. Marvin Rees, speaking at the launch of the charter, said: “One of Bristol’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our city. That diversity brings with it a variety of approaches to life, insights and creative thought. This diversity also raises different challenges and needs that need to be met and this charter is a positive step forwards. By bringing individuals and organisations together to work towards shared values we will unlock opportunities for people across the city and ensure the Bristol we are building is a place where everyone can share in its success.” This raises the question of what individuals can or should do, as well as requiring your CA to decide what it should do. Comments and suggestions would be welcome. Tell us what you think. Email admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk  More information at www.bristol.gov.uk/bristolequalitycharter.

13. Help for Syrian Refugees.  We learn from a Paul Williams of Southville, who chairs a group that is working under the Home Office's Community Sponsorship Scheme, that they want to bring to Bristol a desperate refugee family from the Middle East. They urgently need a 2/3 bedroomed house to rent for a minimum of 2 years from the middle of next year. Please check out their website to learn about the project: cliftonrefugeesponsorship.co.uk. Further information may be obtained by emailing pw472661@gmail.com

14. Bristol Consultations. The Budget Consultation on Bristol’s 1919/20 budget ends on Dec. 17th. The consultation is available at www.bristol.gov.uk/budget2019-2020. West of England Joint Spatial Plan this consultation ends on 7th January. Information here www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk/consult.ti

15. Christmas Sale 9th December. Don’t forget 22 Cornwallis Crescent. 10.30am-5pm. Affordable gifts by local artists and designers with a drinks and nibbles opportunity!

16. Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance. The HCCA has added its name to the signatories on a letter from the PSBA to the Mayor asking him to cease the use of Glysophate in Bristol. We have yet to hear what he says in response. More information at https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/pressure-on-bristol-city-council-to-ban-toxic-weed-killer/

17. Bristol Older People’s Forum BOPF. Date for you diary.  Thurs 10 Jan 2019, 7-9pm, Triodos Bank An Economy for the Future , Speaker Shaun Murphy. Further information at www.bopf.org.uk

18. Know Your Place. An interactive mapping website created by Bristol City Council to help people explore their local heritage has been shortlisted for a prestigious Historic England Angel Award. Know your Place is a website featuring historical maps of Bristol which are scanned from original archives held at the City’s record office. To find out how to use the site and how to contribute to Know Your Place go to https://news.bristol.gov.uk/news/historic-mapping-website-recognised-at-national-awards



November 2018 Bulletin 37

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 30th November. We would always be very happy to hear from you. Visit our website for more!

In this issue

  1. HCCA AGM “Celebrating Women”
  2. Hotwells Cliftonwood Clean Air Group HCCCAG
  3. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group
  4. The Cumberland Piazza
  5. Jacob’s Well Hub and Baths
  6. Neighbourhood Forum
  7. Volunteers for CREATE Eco-home
  8. Friends of Clifton Library
  9. Friends of Redland Library
  10. Jacob’s Well Road pedestrian crossing
  11. Remembrance Sunday 11th November
  12. Sarah Guppy – The Bridge, the Bed and the Truth
  13. Christmas Sale 9th December
  14. Museums and stuff
  15. Crime Watch
  16. Community Toilet Scheme
  17. The Community Farm


1. HCCA AGM “Celebrating Women” Monday 12th November Holy Trinity Church Hall 7.30pm AGM business first including reports of activities followed by Author Jane Duffus who will talk about the “Women who built Bristol”. Come and support you Community Association, give us your feedback and help us look to the future. Refreshments will be served.

2. Hotwells Cliftonwood Clean Air Group HCCCAG Public meeting 7.30pm Thursday 15th November Holy Trinity Church Hall. Are you concerned about the poor quality of the air we breathe locally and the damage that it is doing to our health? Want to find out more about the causes of air pollution and what can be done? Come along to this public meeting. Everyone is welcome. Speakers from: ClairCity, a local and international project working to combat air pollution (find out more at https://www.claircity.eu/ and Bristol City Council, who will provide the latest information on the planned Clean Air Zone and other initiatives. There will be space for questions and contributions and an opportunity to get involved in a local clean air group.

3. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group. The Group met recently. There have been further references by the Mayor in his recent speech to developments in our area. There were also pictures projected for that speech – which we are sure are only “impressions” – but which might alarm. The Group is therefore following this up with the Mayor and we will be keeping you informed of developments. You can see the details here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTvRcKLknzM at about 17 minutes in if you don’t want to watch it all. 

4. The Cumberland Piazza has expanded its sedum bed and its rain garden this week with the addition of hebe, ferns and viburnam. HCCA is in discussion with the council about more tree planting. We are also continuing our conversation with Bristol Waste about bin emptying and future rubbish solutions. We’ve had no tagging for months now which is great. In the new year we’ll be consulting with you for future developments. Thanks to all those who volunteer http://artundertheflyover.com

5. Jacob’s Well Hub and Baths. Good news for the Hub as they have been granted a licence to continue to use their room in Jacob’ Well Baths, so they will be able to continue their good work from there for the time being. See http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/events/ for more information

6. Neighbourhood Forum. The last Forum was held in The Pavilion on the harbourside on 8th October. The main message to relay to you is that there is still the opportunity to get money for small projects in our area. Projects are expected to fall under one of two main headings – environmental or traffic/transport related. We are hoping to get more trees planted this winter. This is in fact money granted for tree planting by the old Neighbourhood Partnership but, we hope, it will be an example of what might be done in future too. More information about the new arrangements can be found here. https://www.bristol.gov.uk/people-communities/area-committees If you have ideas of projects we might pursue please get in touch with us. admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

7. Volunteers for CREATE Eco-home. This is located just outside the Create Centre and is a purpose-built show home demonstrating sustainable and efficient ways of living. Volunteers are needed to refurbish the 20 year old Create Ecohome and help with tasks such as gardening, tidying and painting. More information is available here https://do-it.org/opportunities/3a263c5e-015b-48de-8f12-1ade8fc4af75 This is not the only volunteering opportunity near you. Go to https://do-it.org/ and put in your postcode and you can see plenty.

8. Friends of Clifton Library. There is, of course, a continuing need to support our local library. Bristol will, we understand soon be consulting further on all its libraries, details here https://www.bristol.gov.uk/libraries-archives/future-of-bristols-libraries-consultation In the meanwhile see what’s on and how to get involved. Go to https://www.foccal.com/

9. Friends of Redland Library. Not much further afield is the Redland library. Check what’s on here https://friendsofredlandlibrary.org.uk/future-events/

10. Jacob’s Well Road pedestrian crossing. It is now nearly 3 years since the idea of a crossing on this road was approved with support and money from the Neighbourhood Partnership. Sadly lack of resources has long delayed implementation but we now understand this will be done in 2019! Let’s hope that’s right.

11. Remembrance Sunday 11th November. It is expected that there will be a short service and wreath laying in St Andrew’s churchyard at 1.30pm on the 11th – the 100th anniversary of the armistice day at the end of the First World War. All are of course welcome

12. Sarah Guppy – The Bridge, the Bed the Truth. A new show about a truly extraordinary woman - Sarah Guppy - the first woman to patent a bridge (in 1811)! She lived in Bristol from 1794 to her death in 1852 and had much to do with the Brunels.  See at the Hen & Chicken, Bedminster 6/7 November, or Create Centre, Hotwells 8/9. Details and bookings at www.showofstrength.org.uk

13. Christmas Sale 9th December. 22 Cornwallis Crescent. 10.30am-5pm. Affordable gifts by local artists and designers with a drinks and nibbles opportunity!

14. Museums and stuff. There’s something here to suit all tastes. Best way to see what’s on, take a browse at https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/

15. Crime Watch. Crime information for Clifton that comes to us suggests a significant increase in vehicle crime in October. As always you are advised never to leave stuff on display in your vehicle

16. Community Toilet Scheme. The Community Toilet Scheme is for businesses and organisations which are happy to allow members of the public to use their toilet facilities.  If you know anyone who has a business and who would like to join the scheme please send them this https://www.bristol.gov.uk/business-support-advice/join-the-community-toilet-scheme You can find details of those places involved here https://www.bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/public-toilets

17. The Community Farm has launched a £20,000 appeal to help support their future growth.

One of the people supporting the farm, and the appeal, is star Angela Raffle, of Transition Bristol, Sustainable Redland  etc. The 15-acre organic farm, located between Bristol and Bath, needs to update its aging equipment so they can continue providing opportunities, and making a difference to the community. The funds will pay for key pieces of kit, including a power harrow, a new cover for a polytunnel, a kitchen for their roundhouse, a fork-lift truck, and a Luton van. Donating is simple Home - The Community Farm

October 2018 Bulletin 36

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. We would always be very happy to hear from you. Visit our website for more!

In this issue

  1. HCCA AGM “Celebrating Local Women”
  2. 500 Club
  3. Jacob’s Well Community Hub
  4. Local History Society
  5. West Bristol Art trail
  6. Anti- Fracking Activism
  7. Green Party Conference City Hall Bristol 5-7 October
  8. Green Great Britain Week
  9. Pedestrian Crossings
  10. Bristol Older Peoples’ Forum BOPF
  11. Bristol Waste Autumn Litter Pick
  12. Bristol Museums
  13. Life Cycle
  14. Bristol High Street Futures
  15. Crimes against older people
  16. Bristol’s Parks and Green Spaces

1. HCCA AGM - Monday 12th November. "Celebrating Local Women".  Jane Duffus will talk about her book the “Women who Built Bristol" and highlight some of the women who lived and worked in our local area. Come and support your Community Association, give us your feedback and help us look to the future. More details will follow in our November bulletin.

2. 500 Club We are pleased to see we have new members since last month. But there is plenty of space for more! The 500 Club is a local lottery with a monthly draw, a possible 1st prize of £150 and 3 further prizes of £25. For there to be a guaranteed full house of prizes we need 500 members! So if you are not a member – why not join up now? Any surplus is used by the Community Association to help fund community projects. Membership is only £18 per year, payable on a standing order. We can also claim Gift Aid on your donation, so your £18 actually gives us £22.50 annually. It’s easy to sign up – just print and fill out the form which you can find on  https://www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk/500_club or email us and we can send to you. Then send it back to: HCCA, c/o 22 Ambrose Road, Cliftonwood, Bristol, BS8 4RJ. If you have queries, or want more details, email us admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

3. Jacob’s Well Community Hub Sunday 7th October Fun Palaces runs at Jacobs Wells Baths on 12.00-16.00.  Our theme is about the patterns in nature.  The Fun Palace is a free family friendly and intergenerational event. The Fun Palace plans to include Thai Chi and Jump Start, a gardeners’ question time, fun with potato prints and lots more. More information at http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/ Monthly Storytelling is in the baths on a Friday evening.  The next Storytelling session is on Friday 12 October 2018 (18.00-20.00). Jacob’s Well Community Hub AGM Sunday 21st October 3pm at Jacob’s Well Baths.@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk or call on 0117 9291883. Thank you so much for your support!

4. Local History Society. Hotwells, Cliftonwood and Clifton Local History Society meeting on Wednesday 10th October 7 for 7.30pm CREATE Centre. Washing in the Well – a new book about Jacob’s Well, John Parke – a talk about local Murder and Mayhem and Sue Stops on Henry de la Beche, who watched the construction of the Cumberland Basin. £5 admission includes a glass of wine or soft drink

5. West Bristol Art Trail. 13/14th October. Loads of details can be found here https://westbristolarts.com/ and you may get a brochure through your letter box, if not there’ll be plenty available in local cafes, libraries now and at venues over that weekend. Anna will be doing a couple of creative activities at the Cumberland Piazza at various times over the weekend, details here

6. Anti- Fracking Activism Public Meeting on Effective Elder Activism on Sunday 21st October from 2 30 - 3 30pm at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY, arranged by Grandparents for a Safe Earth. Gillian Kelly, an activist from Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking (hydraulic fracturing) site in Lancashire will speak. Invitation to all age groups: ee more at https://www.theguardian.com/profile/gillian-kelly

7. Green Party Conference City Hall Bristol 5-7 October. This is not a party political advert but as we have two Green Councillors in our area and their conference is in our city hall you might like to find out more. Details at https://www.greenparty.org.uk/conference/

8. Green Great Britain Week Members of Bristol Green Capital Partnership are coming together to take part in Green Great Britain Week, in collaboration with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). More information can be found at bristolgreencapital.org/greengbweek2018

9. Pedestrian Crossings - “The Good the Bad and the Rationale”. Tuesday 16th October 6.45 – 8.30pm Waterside 3 The Watershed. Free event where the Bristol Walking Alliance, Bristol Health Partners and the City Council will look at issues around crossing the road. Speakers will examine some of the research related to road crossings, challenges for some people in getting across the road, and the rationale for specific designs. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and give your views.

10. Bristol Older Peoples’ Forum BOPF. Open Forum Meetings Thursday 4th October and Thurs 15 November 2018, 10:30-12:30, Broadmead Baptist Church. More information on https://bopf.org.uk/meetings/

11. Bristol Waste Autumn Litter Blitz 15th to 28th October If you’d like to give your street a spruce up, or have noticed litter in a nearby park, why not get together with neighbours, friends or family and pick it up helping your neighbourhood be a better place to live? We will loan you kits, including litter pickers, high visibility vests and rubbish bags and will give you health and safety information to help you on your way. We'll also arrange for all the litter you collect to be taken away for free when you’ve finished. http://www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk/whats-happening/autumn-litter-blitz18/

12. Bristol Museums Fabric Africa, Masters of Japanese prints, Clowns – The Eggs-hibition, Wildlife Photographer and lots more. See https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/

13. Life Cycle. Life Cycle has been exploring the benefits of electric bikes – also known as e-bikes. See a video which shows how e-bikes have changed some peoples’ lives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rAp15If1Uk&t=11s They have conducted a study which shows that e-bikes can have as many benefits as ordinary bikes. Ashley Cooper, Professor of Physical Activity and Public Health, UoB says This was a small study, but we are excited by the results and will be looking to do further research next year into the benefits of e-cycling for people affected by type-2 diabetes.  Anyone with the condition who is interested in taking part in a future trial should email ebike-project@bristol.ac.uk

14. Bristol High Street Futures. Bristol City Council is calling for people to share their views on the future of the city’s high streets and shopping areas. The Deputy Mayor stated that “we want to hear the views of as many people as possible about what they want from their shopping centres, in order to inform planning policy, investment decisions and business support initiatives.” Survey closes 31st October and can be found from https://bristol.citizenspace.com/growth-regeneration/bristol-high-street-futures/

15. Crimes against older people. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have launched a public consultation on the revised public policy guidance on Crimes Against Older People. They would welcome views on five specific questions regarding the policy guidance. Any other comments outside these questions are also welcome. The survey can be found at https://www.cps.gov.uk/consultation/public-consultation-crimes-against-older-people-policy-guidance

16. Bristol’s Parks and Green Spaces. Bristol’s Parks Forum have launched a consultation on a positive future for Bristol’s parks and green spaces. Details at http://www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/vision/ Closes 18th October


September 2018 Bulletin 35

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 30th September. We would always be very happy to hear from you. Visit our website for more!


In this issue:

  1. Rise Up Climate Rally - 8th September 2018
  2. HCCA 500 Club
  3. New Landscape works on the Cumberland Piazza
  4. Sea Cadets on Avonquay
  5. Laurie Lee - The Lost Recordings
  6. Doors Open Day
  7. Antique and Vintage Fair
  8. Local History Society
  9. Register to Vote
  10. Bristol - Tower Blocks or No Tower Blocks.
  11. Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance
  12. Come on Board
  13. New course guide for adult learners
  14. Reading Volunteers
  15. Avon and Somerset Police, Enquiry Office opening times
  16. Vulnerable Victim Frauds
  17. Bristol Waste Re-use video
  18. Bristol Older Peoples Forum BOPF
  19. West Bristol Art Trail


1. Rise Up Climate Rally - 8th September 2018. College Green 12 noon. Grassroots environmental groups in Bristol are assembling on College Green to call for upon our elected leaders for urgent action on climate change. This is part of a global day of action, organised by 350.org and Go Fossil Free.  https://gofossilfree.org/8-september It is planned to precede the Global Climate Action Summit - in San Francisco - September 12th to 14th. This summit has invited every mayor, governor, and business leader in the world to make a bold climate commitment to help the world reach the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.   https://globalclimateactionsummit.org; All are invited to attend, either in a group or as a concerned individual. Local contact - firadford@aol.com

2. HCCA 500 Club. The 500 Club is a local lottery with a monthly draw with a possible 1st prize of £150 and 3 further prizes of £25. For there to be a guaranteed full house of prizes we need 500 members! So if you are not a member – why not join up now? Any surplus is used by the Community Association to help fund community projects. Membership is only £18 per year, payable on a standing order. We are also able to claim Gift Aid on your donation, which means that your £18 actually gives us £22.50 annually to support our work. It’s easy to sign up – just print and fill out the form which you can find on https://www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk/500_club or email us and we can send to you and then send it back to: HCCA, c/o 22 Ambrose Road, Cliftonwood, Bristol, BS8 4RJ.

If you have queries, or want more details, email us admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk or call on 0117 9291883. Thank you so much for your support!

3. New Landscape works on the Cumberland Piazza In mid August in partnership with Alex Patience at Live Graft we have removed the cracked tiles from areas around the trees and re-used all the materials to create a rockery bed under the big Catalpa and another along the railings of the former playpark. We also have a new fern garden in an area that collects rain in the winter months. Thanks to Anna of HCCA for project management and Leon for volunteering to lift and shift countless pallet loads of tiles concrete and soil.

The new landscaping works, are largely self sustaining, but we still need some help and people have enjoyed our community gardening days that we hold three or four times a year.The next one is Saturday 29th September 11am to 2pm- do come along! For more detail please visit our latest blog post https://www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk/sedum_beds_and_rockeries

4. Sea Cadets on Avonquay. Bristol Adventure Sea Cadets, celebrate 80 years on 15th September 2018 with an open day 10am to 3pm at Deal Cottage, Avon Quay. You can find out more about the Sea Cadets at: https://www.sea-cadets.org/about Bristol Adventure is one of the country's oldest Sea Cadet units. Find out more at: https://www.sea-cadets.org/bristoladventure and/or https://www.facebook.com/BristolAdventureSCC/

5. Laurie Lee - The Lost Recordings. Clifton Library Thursday - 13th September - 7.30pm Reflections on love, landscape, childhood, poetry, music and much more from one of the great English writers of the 20th Century. In 1994, the year of his 80th birthday, Laurie Lee shared his memories of an ‘eventful’ early life in a series of interviews with the film maker David Parker. It was quite a coup, Laurie did not ‘do’ television!  He talked with sublime eloquence about his life in the Slad Valley, and the influence of the landscapes and memories of his childhood on his subsequent writing.  In this session David will introduce the recordings, and show the 30 minute film he made with Laurie.  There will be time for questions and comments. Tickets £5 pus booking fee from www.eventbrite.com (search for Laurie Lee Bristol) or telephone 07774 772301

6. Doors Open Day. 14th – 16th September. A chance to look behind normally closed doors and discover hidden things of interest. More information at https://bristolopendoors.org.uk/ Go to their map to see that there are lots of venues in, or within easy walking distance of Hotwells and Cliftonwood.

7. Antique and Vintage Fair. Sunday 30th September Ashton Court Mansion 10am to 3.30pm. Over 40 stalls inside the Georgian Lounges and beautiful Grand Music Hall. Refreshments, cakes and cream teas. £2 entry. Stall enquiries to anniehawksley@blueyonder.co.uk

8. Local History Society. Hotwells, Cliftonwood and Clifton Local History Society meeting on Wednesday 10th October 7 for 7.30pm CREATE Centre. Washing in the Well – a new book about Jacob’s Well, John Parke – a talk about local Murder and Mayhem and Sue Stops on Henry de la Beche, who watched the construction of the Cumberland Basin. £5 admission includes a glass of wine or soft drink

9. Register to Vote. Your vote matters so don’t lose it! It’s quick and easy to register online at: http://bitly.com/21t4rA8. If you’re not registered, you will be unable to vote and you could find difficulty in obtaining a bank account or credit. We understand that it’s a legal requirement to register to vote and you could face a fine of £80 if you don’t register. Please advise anyone you might know who might not be registered to register as soon as possible.

10. Bristol - Tower Blocks or No Tower Blocks. We have heard from Bristol against Tower Blocks that “The final draft of the Urban Living Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on tall buildings has just come out and, to everyone's amazement, the draft SPD greatly strengthens the encouragement of tall buildings by the cityhttps://bristol.citizenspace.com/business-change/urban-living-supplementary-planning-document-forma/ This is despite unambiguous rejection of the new policy on tall buildings by 85% of respondents during the statutory consultation http://bristolcommentary.uk/bristol-overwhelmingly-against-high-rises and despite a clear promise by the planning officers at a June 13 Harbourside verbal presentation that the emphasis on tall buildings would be taken out of the SPD and deferred until the later City Plan”.  This is very important – and to many very disconcerting.  The draft SPD means that if councillors reject a tall building application, their rejection will almost inevitably be overturned on appeal. Councillors can only reject a building on the basis of policies in the SPD - otherwise they will be overruled on appeal. This is what makes the SPD so important. Councillors will be rendered powerless to resist tower blocks. More information can be found through Bristol Campaign Against Tower Blocks (Google Sites) and Bristol Campaign Against Tower Blocks (Facebook)

11. Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance. The Alliance is renewing its efforts to get glyphosate off our streets. They have launched a new petition on 38 degrees, in an effort to hold Marvin Rees' feet to the fire on this: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/marvin-rees-deliver-your-promise-to-ban-glyphosate-in-bristol. More information about the Alliance and this issue can be found at http://www.pesticidesafebristol.org/ If you support the Alliance’s ideas and their campaign then please sign the petition on 38 degrees above.

12. Come on Board. Come on Board has a fantastic variety of activities on offer. From the gentle and relaxed to the energetic and challenging. With locations all over Bristol either out and about in the fresh air, or in the comfort of the gym. They will even provide FREE transport! All activities are held in small groups and have a huge amount to offer those with access or mobility needs. Absolutely no experience is necessary. For more information visit https://comeonboard.org.uk/ phone 0333 320 88 38 or email info@comeonboard.org.uk

13. New course guide for adult learners. Bristol City Council has launched a new course guide to encourage adults of any age or ability to learn something new. There are over 550 courses on offer at Stoke Lodge providing a broad range of courses which cover many different interests, hobbies and skills. Adult learning courses include short workshops to longer programmes of study or intensive courses and costs start from £13. For more information please visit www.bristolcourses.com. Participants can enrol online, by phone or by dropping into Stoke Lodge and the Autumn term starts on Monday 10 September.

14. Reading Volunteers. Bristol City Council has set its sights on providing reading volunteers for every child that needs one. The appeal is run by Bristol’s Reading in Schools Consortium, a partnership organised by the council, which brings together different organisations who all recruit volunteers to read in schools. Training sessions for volunteers interested in taking part will be held in central locations throughout the autumn on Thursday 6 September, Thursday 25 October and Wednesday 28 November and cover everything from helping children read for enjoyment to assessing a child’s progress in learning to read. Training sessions are also being held throughout next year. For more information and to register interest visit: https://candobristol.co.uk/projects/reading_in_schools or send an email to volunteer@bristol.gov.uk

15. Avon and Somerset Police, Enquiry Office opening times. From 3 September 2018 the opening hours of police enquiry offices in Bristol will be changing, all offices open Mon – Fri 10 – 6, Bridewell open Mon – Fri 8-8 and Sat and Sun 9-5. More information at http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

16. Vulnerable Victim Frauds. In case you did not see it Avon and Somerset Police sent out a notice as a result of an increase in fraud cases. “There are a number of `stories' that are used, one describes being from the NCA investigating the bank, others refer to errors on computers etc. Scammers are quick-witted and their stories are very convincing. We urge you to read this advice from @GetSafeOnline and start a conversation with older relatives, neighbours and friends to make sure they are confident to say no to TelephoneScams” Go to for more advice/information  https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself/telephone-banking-fraud/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

17. Bristol Waste Re-use video. Bristol waste are keen to promote re-use. The video is a snapshot of what they’ve been up to since March 2018, and showcases some of the fantastic organisations they’ve been working with. Do take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXJL498RGJk

18. Bristol Older Peoples Forum BOPF. Celebrates its 25th anniversary. Thursday 20th September 2-4pm City Hall. All welcome. BOPF Open Forum Thursday 4th October 10.30-12.30 Broadmead Baptist Church. Air quality, Phase 1 of BCC consultation. More information on these and lots else from https://bopf.org.uk/

19. The West Bristol Arts Trail is on 13/14th October. Loads of details can be found here https://westbristolarts.com/ and you may get a brochure through your letter box, if not there’ll be plenty available in local cafes, libraries and at venues over that weekend.






August 2018 Bulletin 34

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 August. We would always be very happy to hear from you. Visit our website for more!

  1. Air Quality in Hotwells and Cliftonwood
  2. Piazza News
  3. Tannery Visit
  4. Bristol Clean Streets Litter Critters campaign
  5. Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation
  6. Universal Credit
  7. Bristol’s Arena
  8. Bristol’s Big Green Picnic
  9. Doors Open Day
  10. Life Cycle
  11. Windmill Hill City Farm
  12. Near-by day out
  13. Consultation on 20mph
  14. Some other consultations
  15. Transformation of Temple Meads station area

1. Air Quality in Hotwells and Cliftonwood. You may remember we raised this in our March bulletin. Your HCCA Committee recently had a presentation about air quality in our area and its effects on health. Hotspots identified as; Hotwell Road, Dowry Square and Jacobs Wells Road where nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels regularly exceed limits. We know that there is an established association between early death and exposure to even moderate levels of NO2 and that visits to GPs spike when pollution levels go up, particularly for people with asthma, breathing problems etc. The main culprit is NO2 produced by road traffic, diesels in particular, although there is some concern about pollution from the increase in burning wood and coal in stoves and fires. NO2 mixes with other pollutants particularly in hot weather and smaller particulates can pass into the blood stream. The UK has been breaching limits for some time and the law is being broken in Bristol. The meeting agreed that we should, as a community, be promoting and engaging in the consultation and feedback to BCC. We also felt it important to support those taking a special interest in this issue and to that effect we hope to promote a public meeting later this year. Details will be circulated as soon as we have them. More information at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/pests-pollution-noise-food/air-quality

2. Piazza News. Aridity has affected all our gardens this summer, and this has been a particular challenge for the Cumberland Piazza where we only normally use rain water. In the end we hired a stand pipe from Bristol Water and we have managed to save all the shrubs and trees, including some of those planted by the council. Unfortunately we've had to sacrifice some plants but the lavender and sedum seem happy so there's been enough for bees to gather.

Big thanks to Amy Hutchings for her beautiful work with Hotwells kids and partnership with Anna who chipped in from her Art within the Cracks of Women's Lives budget to celebrate some women who have lived, worked in or passed through Hotwells over the centuries. This was inspired by Bristol Women's Voice and especially their book, edited by Jane Duffus, The Women Who Built Bristol 1184-2018.

Next week Live Graft is starting work to green more areas on the Piazza. This will involve removing broken tiles where weeds are growing, planting sedum and wild flower seed and creating rockery edging around naturally green areas. The works will not interfere with any cycle or pedestrian routes through the piazza. For full detail, you can read about our plans here and download a PDF explaining the history of the site and the community-led improvments

3. Tannery Visit. Your Committee is organising a visit to the Thomas Ware & Sons Tannery in Coronation Rd on Tuesday 25th September at 5.30pm. The visit takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. There is a group limit of just 20 so if you are interested please contact us soon. We will take bookings on a first come first served basis. Let us know by email admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk or by phone 0117 9291883

4. Bristol Clean Streets Litter Critters campaign. The Council is asking everyone to help stop wildlife spreading rubbish. The message is clear. Bin it safely or take it home. Do not leave it beside a full bin, find another one or take it home. This summer the council is apparently employing thirteen additional grounds maintenance staff to work in its parks and green spaces, and staff will also be working shifts outside core operating hours in order to empty bins more frequently. Temporary additional bins have also been provided in several busy parks. Please help by reporting full bins. If you have ideas about how we might improve our environment in Hotwells and Cliftonwood, please get in touch. More information on this campaign can be found at www.bristol.gov.uk/littercritters

5. Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation. The Bristol Parks Forum has been successful in its bid for money to establish a Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation. This will NOT be a Trust for taking over responsibility for parks. Bristol Parks will continue to manage Bristol's parks & green spaces. Nor will it replace the Parks Forum. A parks foundation is a non-profit organisation that supports a specific park or a group of parks, with time, expertise and privately-raised funds. A foundation can raise money and support volunteering, but does not take the ownership and maintenance of the parks away from the local authority. As well as BCC and Bath and North East Somerset Council, partners in the project are; The Natural History Consortium, Bristol Parks Forum, Bournemouth Parks Foundation, Quartet Community Foundation and Bristol Green Capital Partnership. This is a great step forward for the future of Bristol’s parks. More information to be found at http://www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/

6. Universal Credit. Has already been introduced in some areas of Bristol and it will be introduced in remaining Jobcentre Plus areas in September and October 2018. If you’re eligible for Universal Credit, it will be paid monthly directly into your bank or equivalent. It usually takes five to six weeks before the first payment is made, so you’ll need to think about how you will manage during this time. You can get an advance against your first payment but this will be repaid through your next 12 monthly payments.

Applications for Universal Credit are usually made online and you’ll need to use an online account to update your benefit and communicate with the DWP. Advice about benefits is available from services across Bristol. You can find out more about your options locally by visiting the ACFA website at www.acfa.org.uk You can find out more about Universal Credit, how it might affect you and when it is introduced to your area by visiting: www.bristol.gov.uk/universalcredit

7. Bristol’s Arena. The saga goes on. We now understand that a decision will be made in early September. This would seem to be quite an important decision for the future of our city and we encourage everyone to register their views. At present we see no petition for the move to Filton, though that does not prevent anyone starting one. If you want to object to the idea of a move to Filton go to https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/build-bristol-arena-in-the-city-centre-not-at-filton or to https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/mgEPetitionListDisplay.aspx

8. Bristol’s Big Green Picnic. Wednesday 29th August 11.30am-2pm College Green. Bristol Cathedral is hosting an environmentally-friendly picnic. Pack your plastic-free picnic hamper with as much local produce as possible, and come and eat your lunch. Alongside the food, the event will feature eco stalls and activities exploring green issues, and featuring speakers talking about how we can be more environmentally-friendly. See https://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/whats-on/

9. Doors Open Day. 14th – 16th September. A chance to look behind normally closed doors and discover hidden things of interest. More information at https://bristolopendoors.org.uk/ Go to their map to see that there are lots of venues in, or within easy walking distance of Hotwells and Cliftonwood.

10. Life Cycle. All sorts of activities, bike outings and maintenance classes in August. Go to https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/events Special bike fixing course for 16-19 year olds, all the fundamentals of bike mechanics. The course will run from 11am – 4pm on Thursday 23rd August and costs just £49.95 per person. For more information and to book, go to: https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/civicrm/event/info%3Fid=3796&reset=1

11. Windmill Hill City Farm. Plenty of interesting things to do and see here and by visiting you support this city farm venture. More information at https://www.windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk/

12. Near-by day out. Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust. A unique collection of permanent and temporary sculpture built up over 30 years, managed by Forestry Commission England. More information at https://www.forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk/

13. Consultation on 20mph. Bristol City Council is still consulting on 20mph limits in Bristol until 31st August. You can participate and give your views by going to https://bristol.citizenspace.com/city-development/20mph-limits-review/

14. Some other consultations. Bristol City Council is also consulting, amongst others, on Vehicle Dwelling Encampments and on Rough Sleeping, both until August 26th. We feel sure that most are affected one way or another by the latter if not the former and therefore encourage everyone to participate. More information at https://bristol.citizenspace.com/

15. Developments in the Temple Meads Station area. We learn that the Major works to improve the Temple Circus junction have been extended due to “unforeseen circumstances”. Apparently there have been some unexpected discoveries under the road - unrecorded cables and water pipes as well as uncharted cellars under the roundabout and Victoria Street – all requiring major change to the planned programme. More details, including developments for the Station itself can be found at https://www.bristoltemplequarter.com/
















July 2018 Bulletin 33

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 July to admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk. We would always be very happy to hear from you. Visit our website for more!

In this issue:

  1. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group
  2. Piazza News
  3. Chocolate Path
  4. Rose of Denmark
  5. Avon Crescent Planning Application
  6. Jacob’s Well Hub
  7. Bristol consulting on its Licensing Policy Review
  8. Library News
  9. Let’s Ride Bristol
  10. Bristol Older Peoples Forum BOPF
  11. Talking Trees Bristol
  12. 20mph Review
  13. Community Speed Watch
  14. RPZ review and consultation
  15. Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology
  16. Bristol Museum hosts V&A Craft exhibition + Fabric Africa
  17. Bristol Doors Open Day

1. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group. 6 members of the Group met recently with the Mayor’s Office Policy Manager and one of his Policy Interns. We had hoped, of course to meet with the Mayor and had been told that we would meet with Kevin Slocombe, his Head of Office. Unfortunately Arena issues got in the way! However the meeting was a useful starting point in engaging with the Mayor’s office. We have received a response “from the Mayor” which you can read here https://www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk/letter_from_the_mayor_s_office_june_2018

2. Piazza News. Thanks to all those who made the community gardening afternoon on Friday and total understanding to those who were overcome by the heat. 

Amy has started the mural from a design she created using Hotwells Primary children's drawings. This weekend, 7th & 8th, we are inviting the children to join us in printing some designs onto the wall. Sadly the recent escalation of tagging across the city has impacted at the piazza and OTONE has already tagged some of the children's drawings, but hopefully they'll leave the finished artwork well alone. For more details see Amy's Community Projects 

Live Graft is working with HCCA on our plans to create sedum and wildflower strips onsite in some of the areas that weeds are invading. The plan is to reuse all of the broken tiles to create 'rockery edging' along the planting areas and around the catalpa and area of trees next to the Plimsoll Bridge. When we get to the stage of creating the 'rockery' we'll be inviting you all to help.

In the interests of climate change adaptation and minimum maintenance, rain water is all we use to keep the plants happy and, until June, we didn't water at all, but these past few weeks are a challenge and if the forecast is right then the next two will be pretty arid. The butt is empty. Last year the lovely staff at the Rose of Denmark helped us out but the pub is now closed. If you pass by the piazza, it would be great if you could help by giving some of the plants a bit of water if you have a bottle on you.

3. Chocolate Path. We understand that £580,000 is set aside in the budget for Investigatory and design work for structural stabilisation of an 80m section of failed river retaining wall, chocolate path and adjacent heritage railway trackbed. We hope this will be approved by Cabinet on 3rd July. A first step in what no doubt will be a long process.

4. Rose of Denmark. Sadly the previous Landlord, Euan, could not manage to negotiate a satisfactory extension to his lease, so, as we are sure you know, the place is closed. Heinekin, who are the owners obviously have plans and we hope the place will open again in the not too distant future. For more information see https://www.starpubs.co.uk/pubs/rose-denmark-hotwells  

5. Avon Crescent Planning Application. The Council’s Metrobus Team have made a planning application to vary an earlier condition on plans for this street. Details to be found at http://planningonline.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P9SPEEDNKZX00   The proposals leave a lot of questions to be thought about, especially, as it must be remembered, that although there is no traffic entry from Cumberland Road, this is a two way street still. Will white lines in the road make a difference? Is a speed table appropriate for slowing traffic? Is echelon parking the right answer? Please look at the plans and comment. It is the view of many of HCCA and the residents that the plans are not fit for purpose.

6. Jacob’s Well Hub. The Washing in the Well (booklet) is being launched on 21 July 2018.  All welcome. Details are on our website at: http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/baths/washing-in-the-well-project-launch/ JWHub Heritage Lottery funded project launch also on 21st July 2018  12.00 to 15.00 at Jacobs Wells Baths. All welcome. It is timed to coincide with Bristol Harbourside Festival. There will be a chance to see their newly published project brochure featuring work from local schools, local historians, local community.

6. Bristol consulting on its Licensing Policy Review. The Council is required to produce a Statement of Gambling Policy to determine how gambling will be regulated. The Policy must be reviewed every 3 years and so a draft revised policy is now available for consultation and can be viewed at: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/policies-plans-strategies/bristol-gambling-policy Comments can be emailed to gamblingpolicy@bristol.gov.uk or sent to the Licensing Team (Temple Street), Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176, BRISTOL, BS3 9FS.

7. Library News. Proposal to Cabinet for the 3rd July meeting is that “Agree to retain the existing 27 libraries across the city with the current locations, library staff and opening hours to enable further options for a sustainable community model to be investigated and to report back to Cabinet in October 2018, where any options will not be based on a savings target”. So at the moment things look a little better for Libraries. However there will still be a lot of work to be done to try and ensure a future for the library in Clifton (as with others). So if you want to lend a hand go to https://www.foccal.com/ or contact Councillor Paula O’Rourke at Cllr.Paula.O’Rourke@bristol.gov.uk

8. Let’s Ride Bristol. Many roads in central Bristol will be closed on Sunday July 8th in order to allow cyclists to travel around traffic free. The streets will be closing to let the Bristol Grand Prix and the local HSBC UK Let’s Ride event take place in the centre. This will allow for professional racers to take to the streets in the morning to battle it out as part of the largest race of its kind in the country whilst allowing families and less confident cyclists to ride the course in the afternoon. For other details visit www.bristolgrandprix.com

9. Bristol Older Peoples Forum BOPF. You are invited to attend the BOPF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM), on Thursday 12 July 2018, 2-4pm at The Conference Hall, City Hall, College Green. Further details at https://bopf.org.uk/our-meetings/

10. Talking Trees Bristol. An exciting new campaign launched at the Tree Forum recently encouraging Bristolians to pledge their support for a doubling of the tree canopy cover in the city. Bristol City Council, Woodland Trust, Bristol Tree Forum and Forest of Avon Trust are working together on a tree action plan which aims to double the tree canopy cover in the city by 2050. But this ambitious target cannot be reached without political support and wide public involvement. We all need to work together to protect the trees and woods we have, and to plant for the future. Visit www.talkingtreesbristol.co.uk to find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved.

11. 20mph Review. There is currently a consultation on the 20mph strategy. Started on 20th June and runs for 8 weeks. To comment go to www.bristol20mph.co.uk

12. Community Speed Watch. This is being proposed by Avon and Somerset Police to reduce speeding in residential areas.  Local residents are given the equipment and with appropriate training and supervision can undertake speed checks.  This is proven to be effective as drivers learn that there could be checks done, but don’t know when!
 Each community speed watch group needs is a few keen supporters who are prepared to do occasional checks.  For more information go to https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/158158-community-speed-watch

13. RPZ review and consultation. We learnt recently, following an enquiry from one of our community, that there is to be no published report of the outcome to the latest consultation on the Hotwells and Cliftonwood RPZ. The reason for this is apparently that officers would not have time to prepare the appropriate report. HCCA wrote to Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet member for Transport to complain and ask for clarification. The response received stated “All review feedback was provided to Cllrs for consideration before they recommended changes with their RPS areas. As the review process is owned and led by Cllrs, it is for them to decide upon the publication of review feedback – in line with our data protection obligations. If your local Councillors want to provide information on review feedback for CH RPS; they can do so at any time.  In noting this, I should confirm that officers are unable to assist with the composition of such information as this is a Councillor led, and officers are focussing on delivering RPS reviews through the final stages of the complex TRO process, including working out how to accommodate a couple of changes requested by your councillors”. So if you want to know contact your Councillor! We got no answer as to whether this would apply to all consultations.

14. Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology. Blaise Castle and Museum. 28th July 11am – 4pm. A family festival of fun. For more information go to: https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/blaise-castle-house-museum/whats-on/

15. Bristol Museum hosts V&A Craft exhibition + Fabric Africa. A new exhibition Woman’s Hour Craft Prize showcasing the most innovative and exciting craft practice in the UK today will open at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on 7 July and run to 2nd September. Woman’s Hour Craft Prize is an exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) marking the 70th anniversary of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, created in partnership with the BBC and Crafts Council. Also at the Museum until May next year is Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles. A snapshot of modern and historic textiles from across the continent of Africa. More information at: https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/

16. Bristol Doors Open Day. Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September. Details at http://www.bristoldoorsopenday.org.uk/ This is very early notice for your diaries but also a plea, that if anyone has time to help at Jacob’s Well Baths where there will be regular tours over that weekend please contact judyjwrhub@gmail.com. Over 700 people visited last year. Details at http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/events/doors-open-day/. Download a flyer to share with others https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/hcca/mailings/174/attachments/original/DoD_JWH.pdf?1530611027 













June 2018 Bulletin 32

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 30th June. We would always be very happy to hear from you. Visit our website for more!

In this issue:

  1. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group
  2. Piazza News
  3. Jacobs Well Hub news
  4. Clifton Green Squares and Secret Gardens
  5. Volunteer Readers for Primary Schools
  6. Bristol Food Connections 11th – 17th June
  7. Get Growing
  8. Festival of Cycling
  9. Have a go at improving the city
  10. Life Cycle UK
  11. Festival of Nature 9th & 10th June
  12. Transition news

1. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group. This Group, at the moment consists of 18 members made up of 5 residents, 4 Councillors, 8 Community and local interest groups and 1 local business. We hope to attract other local business interest to the Group. The Group held its first meeting on 21st May and has written to the Mayor asking for a meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to:

1) Open a dialogue with the Mayor and relevant officers of the Council about the plans.

2) Provide him with the opportunity to engage and enlist the involvement of the community, through the Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group, in accordance with the City’s Statement of Community Involvement.

3) Assist us in gathering information so that we might better inform people about the thinking behind these plans, the plans themselves, and the criteria for judging between various options that will no doubt arise in developing the plans.

We await the Mayor’s response.

If you want to look at relevant documents concerning these plans they have been gathered together on a new page on the Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Network’s site http://www.bristolnpn.net/current-topics/cumberland-basin-western-harbour/

2. Piazza News We have been working with Hotwells Primary School children at their after school club (ELASC) who have been drawing some beautiful pictures. Amy Hutchings who did the mural at Charles Place Play Park and the beautiful herons at the Piazza will turn the children’s drawings into a design. The mural will be painted in June or July and offer the children a chance to help paint over a weekend. We will cover or clean the recent spate of tagging over the next couple of weeks. Most of the key artworks do have ant-graffiti coating, but it’s still a bit of a job to clean it off. There will also be a community gardening day (more details to follow) during June and we will also be taking up some of the broken tiles to increase the planted areas around the trees, where plants are already seeding. The Ox-eye daisies are fully blooming, please feel free to cut some and take them home- they last ages in vases. https://www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk/adding_more_green_areas_to_the_cumberland_piazza

3. Jacobs Well Hub news. Another story telling evening on Friday 8th June 6pm – 8pm. Please bring nibbles if you can, although there will be some provided together with the usual drinks. You are welcome to do a turn-perhaps a story, a poem, a piece of music or anything you wish- or just come along- chatting and a good laugh is the top priority. For information please call 0778065 4036 or go to: http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/

4. Clifton Green Squares and Secret Gardens. 9th and 10th June.    For the fifth year some of the large communal gardens in the Clifton, Cliftonwood and Hotwells area of Bristol will be opening their gates for you to come and enjoy what often lies hidden behind the terraces and crescents.   Some are formal whilst others have wooded areas. Two public gardens, which were previously communal, will have talks about the history of the squares and other matters of interest.  There has been lots of enthusiasm about this event in the past so we are spreading the word – and hope you will do too - in the hope that others will come and have enjoyment and fun. Please note that not all the gardens will be open all weekend. More information can be found at: http://www.gssg-bristol.com/

5. Volunteer Readers for Primary Schools. As a part of the Council’s plan to improve reading in the city, the Mayor is keen to ensure that every child that needs one can have a volunteer, reading one-to-one with them in their school. It is estimated that to do this there is a need to recruit around 300 volunteers as soon as possible.  Helping a child that is falling behind with their reading has the potential to change lives! No-one should be left behind and maybe some of our readers might be able to prevent this. For more information go to: https://candobristol.co.uk/projects/reading_in_schools

6. Bristol Food Connections 11th – 17th June. Back again after a year off, with over 100 events all over the city crammed into 11–17 June. Family events, land and growing activities, feasts and festivities. See https://www.bristolfoodconnections.com/whats-on/ for information.

7. Get Growing. Is also back this June. The focus this year is on getting more people actively involved in volunteering, so the event is spread over the whole of June, giving more opportunities to peak behind the garden gates at 30 of Bristol’s beautiful plots. More information at: http://www.bristolfoodnetwork.org/blog/get-growing-back-2018/

8. Festival of Cycling. July 8th . HSBC’s “Let’s Ride Bristol 2018” will be an entire day of cost-free, cycling celebration. In the morning, Grand Prix races will zip around a city centre route. In the afternoon at least 5KM of traffic-free route can be enjoyed by all. There will be a festival feel all day and a big celebration for everyone to enjoy at their own pace whatever their riding ability. More information at: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/museums-parks-sports-culture/lets-ride-bristol-2018

9. Have a go at improving the city! A brand new free game where you run the city. Apparently, within the app, which is free for Apple and Android users, players move around famous sights in the city, deciding what they want the future to look and feel like. The aim is to keep the city alive and kicking for the full 50 years and the players’ experiments will help to identify the impacts, preferred choices, and potential pitfalls that Bristol really is facing. Untried by your bulletin writer! So let us know what you think if you try it. More information at: https://www.claircity.eu/bristol/game-and-app/

10. Life Cycle UK. Cycling UK has pledged to get at least 25,000 people back into cycling nationwide by the end of the summer as part of its Big Bike Revival project. Local charity Life Cycle, see: https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/ is lending a hand by putting on events at The Life Cycle Hub (located in the carpark of Horfield Prison, Cambridge Road, Bristol, BS7 8PS). Anyone can turn up and receive a free bike check-up or purchase one of Life Cycle’s professionally refurbished, second-hand bikes at an affordable price. The Life Cycle Hub will be open on Saturdays 16th and 30th June and 14th, 21st and 28th July.

11. Festival of Nature 9th & 10th June. 10am – 6pm at Bristol Harbourside. The UK’s largest celebration of the natural world. Exhibitions, music, workshops, talks and more. More information at: http://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/bristol-festival-nature-2/

12. Transition news. There is a new Bristol/Bath initiative to establish a not-for-profit social enterprise committed to encouraging positive solutions to global warming. See: https://onehome.org.uk/ You wilI have seen the paragraph relating to Renewables last month and information on https://1010uk.org/ If you are concerned that more trees should be planted to help the environment you might like to look at https://action.1010uk.org/page/s/lets-triple-our-tree-planting-targets















May 2018 Bulletin 31

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 May. We would always be very happy to hear from you. Visit our website for more!

In this issue:

  1. Somali Cultural Evening
  2. Harbour Plans meeting
  3. Piazza developments
  4. Jacobs Wells Baths Story Telling
  5. Brandon Hill Tree Trail
  6. Clifton Green Squares and Secret Gardens
  7. Bristol Walk Fest
  8. Clifton Clifton Down and Hotwells & Harbourside Forum
  9. Bristol Music - Seven decades of sound
  10. Bristol Civic Society
  11. Foster Families needed
  12. Community Energy Project Funding
  13. St James Barton Roundabout – The Bear Pit
  14. Renewables news
  15. GDPR


1. Somali Cultural Evening.   Monday 14th May Holy Trinity Church 7.30pm. Please come along. Everyone is welcome. There will be an informal talk and presentation by Abdulkadir Ahmed Sheikhusein – Chair of the Bristol Somali Forum. We hope you will come and learn some more about the Somali Community here in Bristol. Drinks and snacks available and time for questions and discussion. To help us understand numbers interested please book through Eventbrite using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-somali-cultural-evening-tickets-44489314738 or by searching Somali cultural evening, or contacting admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk 0117 929 1883   www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

2. Harbour Plans meeting.  Some 80 people attended the meeting on 9th April. There remains high interest in plans for the Cumberland Basin – sometimes referred to as Western Harbour. The Stakeholder Group will be meeting for the first time on 21st May. We will be keeping you informed of the activities of this Group and of course of any developments in the thinking for the Basin. See https://www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk/news for some of the latest information. If you have comments or concerns then please get in touch admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

3. Piazza developments. HCCA has submitted plans for the next stages of development at the Piazza to the Council – Planning and Highways departments. Unless we hear to the contrary we will be progressing delivery against those plans in the coming months. We will put full details on our website and send you all a link over the next couple of weeks. We also have new artworks happening including a mural which Amy Hutchings and Anna Haydock-Wilson are designing with children from Hotwells Primary After School Club (ELASC)

4. Jacobs Wells Baths Story Telling. Friday 4th May 6-8pm. All welcome. Bring a story for telling, a poem for reciting, a piece of music for playing, or just come and listen. More information from 07780654036

5. Spike Islands Open Studios. Private view Friday 4th May 6-9pm Exhibition Saturday 5-Monday 7th May 11am-5pm. Local artists showing wonderful works of all kinds and an opportunity to explore the building and all the spaces artists work. If you’ve never been before it’s a lot of fun and great food and drink provided by Spike Café and others. http://spikeisland.org.uk/events/events/spike-island-open-studios-2018/

6. Brandon Hill Tree Trail.   Wed 9th May Join the Friends of Brandon Hill tree experts for a guided walk round some of its 500 trees of over 100 different species. This is part of Bristol Walkfest and is organised to support the production of our tree trail leaflets. Wed 9 May 2018 10:00am – 12:00 Brandon Hill Park Entrance to Brandon Hill corner of Charlotte St and Charlotte St South. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brandon-hill-tree-trail-wed-9th-may-2018-tickets-43709981732 for tickets or https://www.bristolwalkfest.com/event/brandon-hill-tree-trail/ for details

7. Clifton Green Squares and Secret Gardens.  9th and 10th June.    For the fifth year some of the large communal gardens in the Clifton, Cliftonwood and Hotwells area of Bristol will be opening their gates for others to come and enjoy what often lies hidden behind the terraces and crescents.   Some are formal whilst others have wooded areas.   Also it is hoped that two large and elegant private gardens will open and the stately grounds of one University hall of residence.   Two public gardens, which were previously communal, will have talks about the history of the squares and other matters of interest.  This will be over the weekend of 9th and 10th June.    There has been lots of enthusiasm about this event in the past so we are spreading the word – and hope you will do too - in the hope that others will come and have enjoyment and fun. Please note that not all the gardens will be open all weekend. More information can be found at: http://www.gssg-bristol.com/

8. Bristol Walk Fest. For the Month of May! Bristol’s month-long walking festival, now in its sixth successful year, regularly attracts over 500 walkers from across the city and beyond. Why not join in. There is a huge range of delights, in fact something for everyone. More details at: https://www.bristolwalkfest.com/ Heather, one of our Committee members, will be leading a walk on May 20th 10-12 starting at the Grain Barge. More on that one at: https://www.bristolwalkfest.com/event/dry-docks-and-rope-walk/2018-05-20/

9. Clifton Clifton Down and Hotwells & Harbourside Forum.  A successful meeting on 30th April with about 40 people present. Main message is that any groups that want to try and obtain money for any project, which will now need to go through a process with 13 Councillors from 6 wards, need to start thinking about it now for a process that will likely take till autumn 2019. HCCA will be happy to try and provide advice. Next meeting of the Forum Monday 9th July 7pm Redland Library. More information can be found at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/people-communities

10. Bristol Music - Seven decades of sound. 19 May – 30 September 2018 M Shed   Using stories contributed by people from all over the city, this exhibition takes your memories of attending gigs, festivals and clubs, and charts the history of music in Bristol. Is there one definitive ‘Bristol sound’? Are the best days of Bristol music behind us? Where in the city is the heart of musical Bristol? If you like music this could be one for you. Find out more at: https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/

11. Bristol Civic Society. BCS recently held a meeting to learn more about transport plans in the area. Details – and lots more – can be found at: bristolcivicsociety . org . uk There is a wealth of information here and you can also look at their comprehensive twice yearly magazine. If you are interested and not a member you might consider joining and having it delivered through your door!

12. Foster Families needed.  Foster Care Fortnight is running from 14 – 27 May to highlight the need nationally for more foster carers. In Bristol there are 700 children in care and the Council is in need of more loving families to offer them stability, safety and happiness. To find out more go to: https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/ or visit https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/web/foster-with-bristol-city-council/home

Community Energy Project Funding.   Community groups are being invited to bid for grants of up to £10,000 from Bristol City Council to help fund their energy projects. The Bristol Community Energy Fund – see : http://news.bristol.gov.uk/funding_grants_now_available_for_community_energy_projects has been providing funding to organisations since 2015 to give a boost to community projects that aim to reduce energy use and move towards cleaner and renewable energy sources. The deadline to apply for this round of funding is 21 May and projects can apply at: https://www.bristolcommunityenergy.co.uk/ If there is anyone in the area with a plan please let us know.

St James Barton Roundabout – The Bear Pit. Love it or otherwise things are changing for the Bear Pit. We have come to learn that the Council has decided to take over running the Bear Pit. We do not know what prompted this decision. Apparently there will be opportunities for people to remain involved and to influence future strategy for the space, but there will no longer be a community group in charge of the space as this will now be led by the Council. Not quite sure what this says for community led initiatives in the city. If anyone has information please let us know. It could be useful in terms of our initiatives on the Piazza.

Renewables news. We are sure that many of you will have seen articles etc. about the rise of renewable energy and the success story of wind power development. Long way to go yet! If you want more information you may find this useful: https://1010uk.org/

GDPR. General Data Protection Regulations. We feel sure that most of our readers will have come across this by now. We will be sending a specific communication on this subject in the near future and we hope very much that if you wish to keep in touch via the Bulletin that you will respond accordingly. The regulations require us to ensure that data we keep about anyone is relevant accurate and limited to purpose. HCCA has only ever collected email addresses of people with the purpose of being able to communicate information to members of our community or relevant persons/organisations who may wish to engage with our community. This almost exclusively is limited to the requirement to communicate with our 500 Club members, the wish to communicate our Bulletin to as many as possible in the community who want to sign up to that and the need to respond appropriately to those who send us emails. We will be reviewing our procedures in relation to data handling and will be producing an appropriate policy to guide our practice and this will go on our website in due course.

April 2018 Bulletin 30

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 30th April.

Visit our website for more!

In this issue:

  1. Painting at the Piazza
  2. Harbour Plans meeting
  3. Somali Cultural Evening
  4. Clifton and Harbourside Neighbourhood Forum
  5. Friends of Brandon Hill AGM
  6. Jacob’s Well Hub
  7. Jacob’s Well Baths
  8. Hotwells Polling Station
  9. Cliftonwood and Hotwells RPZ review consultation
  10. Create Centre Award
  11. City Centre Framework Consultation
  12. Sex Establishment Policy Review
  13. Exhibitions
  14. Having Landlord trouble?
  15. Teaching a city to cook!
  16. BOPF


1. Painting at the Piazza Luke and Paris have begun painting and come up with some innovative ways of turning tagging into beautiful street art. Come and join in today and tomorrow between 12-4pm

2. Harbour Plans meeting. Monday 9th April Holy Trinity Church 6 – 7.30pm. Come and hear about the Local Plan and its possible impact on the Cumberland Basin area. Meet members of the newly formed Stakeholder Group set up to help represent local interests relating to these plans Come and ask questions and discuss views with neighbours. All Welcom

3. Somali Cultural Evening. Monday 14th May Holy Trinity Church 7.30pm. Informal talk and presentation by Abdulkadir Ahmed Sheikhusein – Chair of the Bristol Somali Forum. We hope you will come and learn some more about the Somali Community in Bristol. Drinks and snacks questions and discussions. To help us understand numbers interested please book through Eventbrite using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-somali-cultural-evening-tickets-44489314738https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-somali-cultural-evening-tickets-44489314738, or contacting admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk 0117 929 1883   www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

4. Clifton and Harbourside Neighbourhood Forum. Next Forum at Clifton High School 7pm Monday 30th April. Our chance to learn more about how we can access City Council monies which are available to communities, meet with Neighbours, Councillors, Police, Bristol Waste and others to discuss issues. All welcome.

5. Friends of Brandon Hill AGM. Monday 23rd April 7.30pm Jacob’s Wells Baths Community room. Hear about progress on the Conservation Management Plan, volunteering and fundraising. Let them know what the next priorities should be for the hill. More information email info@friendsofbrandonhill.org

6. Jacob’s Well Hub. First our congratulations go to Sally Silverman, Chair of the Hub. Sally received an award through Bristol Women’s Voice “Wonderful Women award”. Sally and her team have done a fantastic job in getting this new community group up and running and doing great work in the area. Well done Sally and the Hub team. The Hub’s Washing in the Well project started with a walk for years 5 and 6 at St Georges Primary School, Brandon Hill, on 13th March, following the water course and relevant sites of wells, cold baths and springs in Jacobs Wells Road, ending at our warm baths and swimming pool. Memory days have followed. Watch out also for the writing project and general project launch on 21st July.  More information at: http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/

7. Jacob’s Well Baths. Because of their level of commitments elsewhere, notably  with a number of other historic swimming pools including  Newcastle City Pool  which was due to reopen this  spring, Fusion have put back signing the long lease on Jacobs Wells Baths to October. The building remains open for bookings until September 2018 through Artspace Lifespace mailto:jacobswellsbaths@artspacelifespace.com. Jacobs Wells Community Hub remains active in the building, with Craft Hub’s project "Saving the Baths in Time", storytelling sessions plus activities connected to the Heritage Lottery Project, "Washing in the Well", now in full swing. More details on the website http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com

8. Hotwells Polling Station. Councillor Mark Wright, having received a number of complaints about the location of the polling station for Hotwells, has been trying to find a suitable alternative polling station to the present one at CREATE centre. Any alternative venue must be within the ward boundary. If any readers have a good idea for a venue please contact Mark. Cllr.mark.wright@bristol.gov.uk

9. Cliftonwood and Hotwells RPZ review consultation. At last plans for revision to this scheme are published. Consultation period is till Tuesday 10th April. Details can be found at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/streets-travel/traffic-regulation-orders-tros and look at Notice of Proposal or go to https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/parking/cliftonwood-hotwells and look at the Outcomes Review.

10. Create Centre Award. Congratulations to the CREATE Centre on winning a Gold Award for Best Fair-trade Accommodation/Conference Centre at the Fair-trade Business Awards 2018

11. City Centre Framework Consultation. The Framework sets out aspirations for how people access and move around the City Centre.  It also covers new development and enhancing public spaces, with a focus on Bristol Shopping Quarter, Old City, Castle Park, North Redcliffe and the gateway into the city from the M32. Pop-up exhibitions to raise awareness of the consultation are planned: 11am to 2pm 11 April - St Nicholas Market foyer, Corn Street; 2pm to 5pm 23 April - Citizen Service Point, 100 Temple Street and 3.30pm to 6.30pm 3 May - Central Library foyer, Deanery Road. See more and give your views at https://bristol.citizenspace.com/growth-regeneration/city-centre-framework/

12. Sex Establishment Policy Review. It is over 12 years since local residents fought to close a massage parlour on Hotwell Road. There might be little to prevent another one popping up in one of our many empty “shop” premises! In 2011 Bristol City Council agreed a policy setting out how it would administer and regulate the licensing of sex establishments. In 2016 the Licensing Committee agreed to carry out a review of the policy and a working group comprising of Licensing Committee members and officers has been given the task of carrying out this piece of work. As part of this review they are looking to engage with the public and stakeholders initially using a questionnaire.  They will use this feedback to help develop their thinking in advance of preparing a draft policy for approval by the Licensing Committee for wider consultation later in the year. Consultation starts on 3rd April and runs to 31st May. You should find details at: https://bristol.citizenspace.com/ You can then search for ‘Sex Establishment’ to find the questionnaire.

13. Exhibitions. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, till 24th June. Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences. See https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/ RWA, till 3rd June: Sawdust and Sequins, The Art of the Circus. See http://www.rwa.org.uk/

14. Having Landlord trouble? Do you rent your home in Bristol through a private landlord and need help or advice? If you are concerned with your landlord's behaviour, feel you are being harassed, facing unlawful eviction or experiencing problems with disrepair or unsafe conditions in your home the Council may be able to help. The Council is trying to increase awareness that it may be able to help people who rent their home and who might be having problems with the property or landlord. There are new pages on their website where people can find out what the council can help with: Bristol.gov.uk/privatetenants

15. Teaching a city to cook! Bristol is set to get inspired about food as a new programme “Teaching a City to Cook” was launched last month alongside a competition to find the city’s Young Cook of the Year. The programme has been developed with the help of local professional chefs to educate and encourage Bristol’s young people to cook for themselves using fresh, seasonal food.  A digital support toolkit will be available for teachers and community groups to use, and will include videos from BBC’s Good Food website with recipes to enable students to practice their new skills.  Find out more here: bristol.gov.uk/youngcooks

16. BOPF. This year the Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) will be celebrating their 25th anniversary, however following a number of funding cuts, the future of the Forum is under threat. To celebrate BOPF’s milestone and help keep them running, Tony Wilson, a Trustee, and Zia Haque, a member, will be taking part in a 15,000 feet skydive, the highest it’s possible to do in the UK without additional oxygen. The dive will take place on Saturday April 14th at Sarum Airfield near Salisbury, with Tony and Zia hoping to raise at least £2,000, which would cover most of the costs of the next newsletter, which is currently mailed to over 3000 members, many of whom struggle with mobility issues and are not online. Tony and Zia can be sponsored by visiting: https://www.gofundme.com/tony-sky-dive  For further information contact Tony Wilson: tony77487@gmail.com, tel: 07473 820220


March 2018 Bulletin 29

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 March. Visit our website for more!

  1. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder group
  2. Neighbourhood Forum meeting
  3. HCCA Open meeting, Somali cultural evening 
  4. Raising the Bar Brandon Hill gym space
  5. Jacobs Wells Hub activities
  6. Ashton Court news from the Bristol Civic Society
  7. Air Quality in Cliftonwood
  8. Transition Hotwells & Cliftonwood introduces CHEESE
  9. Bristol's kids plant 50,000 Trees! 
  10. Bristol Local Plan Review
  11. Put your best foot forward.... Bristol Walk Fest is back
  12. Take the pledge: declare your outdoor space pesticide-free
  13. Bristol City Council news
  14. RISE Youth Dance

1. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group. This group is coming together. We have 5 local residents from roundabout the Basin, 4 community/local interest groups represented, 1 local business so far and Councillors. We await replies from 4 others. We are hoping that we can organise an open meeting with BCC officers to look at the Local Plan which references development in the Basin area. See https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/planning-and-building-regulationsand follow to Local Plan Review.

2. Neighbourhood Forum. A Forum for any resident of Clifton, Clifton Down and Hotwells and Harbourside will be held on Monday 30thApril at 7pm in Clifton High School. Save the date. More information next month.

3. HCCA Meeting 0pen meeting Somali cultural evening. Monday 14th May 2018, Holy Trinity Church Hotwells. Please keep this date free for what promises to be a fascinating evening. More details to follow. For those of you who might like to look at a bit more information well in advance, go to https://thebristolcable.org/2017/08/picture-of-somalis-in-bristol/

4. Raising the Bar Brandon Hill gym space. Arek Oreszczynski, has been working really hard as volunteer project manager for the past couple of years to establish more outdoor gym facilities for local young people. He has succeeded in getting Neighbourhood Partnership funding and facilities will be installed in Brandon hill park this summer. Complementing the current yellow parallel bars it consists of 6 high pull up bars, one Swedish wall, two benches and one double parallel bars. We don't have an exact date yet but the whole installation will take up to 5 days. During this time the site will be fenced off. HCCA have helped Arek secure a small amount of funding to pay for his time engaging young people and the community to launch the facilities- we'll keep you posted with dates! 

5. Jacobs Wells Hub Story telling evening March 9th6-8pm, bring along a poem, song, story, some jokes for an evening of creative fun. Contact John to express an interst johncrinion@yahoo.com, Facebook group Website posting

Share your Memories of Jacobs Wells Baths on Friday 16th March 2-6 and Tuesday 27th March 4-7 at the baths For more details: http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/events/story-telling-evening-2/

"Creative day" Sunday March 18th Jacobs Wells Baths. smorgasbord of delights... collage,  drawing, wide range of materials to explore & work with.10.00-4.00 bring packed lunch. Led by Pricilla Amodeo £7.00 Inc.  Materials £4.00 concessions Family ticket  £15.00 Children welcome. Places limited.  Reserve a place asap. Contact Sally Jwrhub@gmail.com 

6. Ashton Court news from the Bristol Civic Society. Since the well attended public meeting at the Mansion late in November we have been actively recruiting a high level Action Group and succeeded with hugely experienced and suitably skilled members. The intention has been to create a credible team to take up the challenge of saving and restoring Ashton Court Mansion. The Group met for the first time last week. It’s comprised of representatives from Bristol Civic Society, Friends of Ashton Court Mansion, Business West, Low Carbon South West, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital, VWV solicitors, Saffery Champness accountants, and Credence PR. We held a number of preliminary meetings with a “Friends” group last Autumn and one of our next steps will be to examine possible terms of reference for future activity. If you are interested in being involved please get in touch. Simon.birch7@gmail.com

7. Air Quality in Cliftonwood. Four residents of Cliftonwood met recently to discuss concerns about air quality. They would like to encourage residents to reduce their wood/solid fuel stove usage and thereby improve air quality. Air quality in Bristol is poor and breaches UK and European legal standards. Particulate matter (PM) is one of the most harmful pollutants. Domestic burning of wood, smokeless solid fuels and house coal, is the single largest source of harmful PM emissions in the UK. See https://consult.defra.gov.uk/airquality/domesticburning-of-wood-and-coal/ Wood burning stoves emit more particles per hour than a modern diesel lorry! These tiny particles can enter the bloodstream and cause long-term health issues. Children are particularly vulnerable and exposure to pollutants significantly increases the risk of poor lung development, asthma and systemic disease. More information can be found at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/pests-pollution-noise-food/smoke-control-areas As a result of this many communities are becoming increasingly interested in improving their local air quality. If you are interested in being involved in air pollution projects in Cliftonwood please emailbilldeven@gmail.com. HCCA will be considering these issues. If you have any views/comments please contact us admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

8. Transition Hotwells & Cliftonwood introduces CHEESE.These brisk February days could be a good opportunity to get energy loss from your house assessed by thermal imaging. Work carried out by local non-protit CHEESE (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) inspired by Transition Malvern Hills Energy Tracers. More info on the Bristol project from their website The CHEESE Project Bristol

9. Bristol's kids plant 50,000 Trees! Together with Bristol City Council and kids from all of Bristol’s 130 primary schools, One Tree Per Child has managed to plant 50,000 trees in the city.The 50,000th tree will be planted in Bristol tomorrow (Tuesday). Kevin McCloud has also presented a YouTube video for us that can be embedded into articles: https://youtu.be/FDodc3kDq_Y. Photos are also available of the kids planting trees. This successful role model scheme in Bristol has now led to us planting trees in 11 countries. Please contact me if you would like more information (together with Olivia Newton-John I am the co-Founder of One Tree Per Child). 

10. Bristol Local Plan Review. The Local Plan Review consultation proposes updates to the policies for deciding planning applications, guiding development in the city over the next twenty years. The reviewed Local Plan will help deliver the new homes and jobs we need, shape our city for the future and safeguard the environmental assets we value most.  The proposals have a focus on delivering new and affordable homes. The results of this consultation will help to shape a draft plan which will be consulted on later this year. The Local Plan review consultation document can be viewed at www.bristol.gov.uk/localplanreview and in local libraries. The web site and consultation document includes details of how to respond.  We will be holding a drop-in session where you can speak to a member of the team about the consultation. Details of this session will be available on the above website shortly. Comments should be submitted by 13th April 2018. 

11. Put your best foot forward.... Bristol Walk Fest is back. The city’s hugely popular, annual walking festival - Bristol Walk Fest, a celebration of walking and walks throughout the city is set to take place from May 1 to May 31, 2018. Bristol’s month-long walking festival, now in its sixth successful year, regularly attracts over 500 walkers from across the city and beyond. Walkers can take part in a variety of walks, including: history trails; urban exploring; walking sports; gentle park strolls and vigorous uphill hikes. This year the team co-ordinating Bristol Walk Fest is Active Ageing Bristol, a collaboration between Bristol Sport Foundation, The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust, in partnership with the LinkAge Network and Bristol Ramblers with investment from the TravelWest Fund. Karen Lloyd, Active Ageing Bristol Manager, said: “Walking is a great way to be active and by getting out just once a day for a stroll can make such a difference to your health and wellbeing. I hope that we see more people than ever before getting out and taking part this year.” For more information visit the Bristol Walk Fest website – www.bristolwalkfest.com

12. Take the pledge: declare your outdoor space pesticide-free. Gardeners who keep weeds at bay without toxic chemicals are invited to declare their outdoors space a ‘pesticide-free zone’in a new scheme from the Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance (PSBA), a campaign supported by local environment and food groups. The world’s best-selling weed killer, glyphosate, is being banned by cities right across France due to concerns around its links to cancer, and by local authorities in Brighton, Glastonbury and Hammersmith. Despite promising to “stop using harmful pesticides” in 2016, Bristol City Council continues to apply glyphosatewithout warning in streets, housing estates and other public spaces. The PSBA is calling on householders to lead the way. Whether you have a garden, allotment or just a driveway, take the pledge and declare your outdoor space a pesticide free zone. Pledgers will be provided with resources on alternative weed control techniques, and how to safely dispose of pesticides. Find out more here

13. Bristol City Council news- latest news releases can be found here http://news.bristol.gov.uk/Releases/ReleaseSearchPage.aspx

14. RISE Youth Dance, a youth dance company in the heart of Bristol, are once again showcasing their talents with their latest show REACH: Find Your Own Journey. RISE Youth Dance celebrates it’s ten year anniversary in 2018. After training aspiring young dancers and helping them to hone their skills with professional-level training and mentoring for the past decade, RISE are pleased to announce a special anniversary edition of their annual showcase - REACH - taking place at The Trinity Centre on the 27th, 28th & 29th April. There will be four performances across the three dates, with two evening and two matinee shows, featuring RISE students from the past and present. As an unfunded, not-for-profit organisation, RISE Youth Dance is working tirelessly alongside their 8-19 year old students to raise money to make this year’s REACH showcase the best one yet!

Our young people work incredibly hard to fundraise for all aspects of RISE; they spend their weekends bag packing, running bucket collections and organising pub quizes, flashmobs and cake sales. As part of their plan to raise the funds needed for this edition of REACH: Find Your Own Journey, RISE are offering a range of sponsorship packages to the businesses of Bristol. A sponsorship brochure detailing the offers available can be found on the RISE Youth Dance Website.

Find out more about REACH: Find Your Own Journey, and stay up to date with the latest news on the official Facebook page and buy tickets here.



February 2018 Bulletin 28

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 28th February.  Visit our website for more!

In this issue

  1. HCCA Recruitment Drive
  2. Hotwells Panto
  3. HCCA Meeting 0pen to all
  4. Town Green news
  5. Tree felling protests in Cliftonwood
  6. New artwork on the Piazza
  7. Jacob’s Well Community Hub.
  8. Local Fashion Show
  9. Bristol Older Peoples Forum
  10. Spring Clean
  11. Clean Streets Forum
  12. Anyone looking for a short-term lodger?
  13. Can you help Colstons Primary School?
  14. Lantern Parade & International Women’s Day Event
  15. Food and all things Green
  16. All-Aboard Watersports

1. HCCA Recruitment Drive. We are actively seeking new members for our Committee to help us with our current work and with new ideas and initiatives. We will shortly be circulating a bulletin dedicated to just this subject. Please take a look at it when it comes  In the meanwhile if you want to know more or would like to join us please get in touch. 0117929 1883 or admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk http://www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk/we_are_recruiting 

2. Hotwells Panto. Dick Whittington comes to town – well Hope Chapel actually. February 28th to March 3rd. The show starts at 7.30pm and performances will end between 9.30-9.45pm. Tickets are on sale from Saturday 27th January and are only available from the Tobacco Factory (Box office 0117902 0344) - you can buy by phone, in person or online at https://www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/whats-on/. And search venues, click on Hope Chapel. (Please note tickets will NOT be on sale in Recession (shop on Jacobs Wells) as in previous years). Contact amandawebb149@gmail.com for more information

3. HCCA Meeting 0pen to all. Somali cultural evening. Monday 14th May 2018, Holy Trinity Church Hotwells. Please keep this date free for what promises to be a fascinating evening. More details to follow. For those of you who might like to look at a bit more information well in advance, go to https://thebristolcable.org/2017/08/picture-of-somalis-in-bristol/

4. Tree felling protests in Cliftonwood. Thank you to all who supported resisting the planning application for mass tree felling in Argyle Place. The outcome was something of a mixed bag. Approval was given for work to be done (felling) of 5 trees but the remaining 12 were put under a tree preservation order.

5. Town Green news. We have had some excellent work done in the garden with steps up to the BBQ area to prevent slipping on the grass. There are some upcoming events which will be posted on the Town Green Notice board. See here for pics http://www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk/the_town_green
It is very much a spring garden and there are an increasing number of plants in bloom at the moment so please do visit the green at Ambra Vale East!

6 New Artwork on the Piazza. We are painting over tagging and using anti-graffiti coating to preserve the murals and are planning to cover all tagged walls with artwork by the end of 2018. We aim to work with the street art crew who have kindly redone their work and Amy Hutchings with local kids of all ages to design and create new works. Themes we are exploring include celebrating the centenary of women's suffrage, local dock history and local wildlife. More details next month http://artundertheflyover.com

7. Jacob’s Well Community Hub. Craft Hub (Tuesdays) 11.00-13.00 at Jacobs Wells Baths, Tai Chi (Thursdays) 10.30-11.30 in the Stephenson Room, Richmond Building, University of Bristol, BS8 1LN. The first Storytelling event is on Friday 9th February 2018,18.00-20.00 at Jacobs Wells Baths. All welcome.

8. Local Fashion Show. Recession to hold its Spring and Summer collection show on Friday April 6th. More information from http://recessionshop.webs.com/

9. Bristol Older Peoples Forum. BOPF Open Forum meeting 8th Feb, Broadmead Baptist Church 10.30-12.30, all welcome. For more information go to https://bopf.org.uk/meetings/

10. Spring Clean. Friday 2 March – Sunday 11 March.  Bristol Waste Company and Bristol City Council will be supporting groups to take part in the Great Bristol Spring Clean; part of a national weekend of litter picks organised by Keep Britain Tidy. So many groups wanted to take part last year that they have extended the event locally to cover the whole week. This is a great way to get involved in helping to make your/our community a cleaner, greener and more welcoming place. Bristol Waste Company have hundreds of litter picking kits to loan out, so if you are interested in organizing a litter pick or would like to join a local group then get in touch by calling 0117 304 9022, by emailing hello@bristolwastecompany.co.uk. More information is available on www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk/springclean18

11. Clean Streets Forum. Bristol Waste Company are considering establishing a city wide Clean Streets Forum to bring people together who have a particular interest in keeping our streets clean and tidy. They would like to gauge the level of interest in such a group, which could meet periodically to share knowledge and discuss plans and projects happening across different parts of the city. Is there anyone out there who would be interested in being part of such a group and help take a lead in this area for Hotwells and Cliftonwood. If so please contact us via admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk or contact Ed.Troughton@bristolwastecompany.co.uk

12. Anyone looking for a short-term lodger? Heather, one of HCCA’s Committee members, has been asked by a neighbour in St Peters House to see if she can find anyone who is looking for, or could take, a short-term lodger. The person who is looking to rent is a retired nurse who sometimes has grand-children to care for. Please contact Heather via admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk if you can help / or if you know anyone else looking for a lodger for about six months.

13. Can you help Colstons Primary School. 2017-18 is the school's 70th academic year as a state primary school. They have a project on the go to connect with alumni to help the children put together a history/heritage timeline for their school. If you have had any link with the school as child, parent, grandparent, teacher, cook, cleaner or whatever you may be able to help. More information is on their web page: http://www.colstonsprimary.co.uk/about-us/timeline-70th-birthday 

14. Lantern Parade and City Hall Reception, 100 Years of Votes for Women – 6th February 2018 A night time lantern lit march from Berkeley Square (BS8 1HB) will travel past Wills Tower, which will be illuminated in Suffragette colours, the march will continue down Park Street arriving at City Hall. An activity packed International Women's Day Event is on 3rd March at City Hall More information at https://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/

15. Food and all things Green. If you are interested be sure that you are linked to Bristol Food Network. If you want to be in touch contact bristolfoodnetwork@googlemail.com or have a look at their website at www.bristolfoodnetwork.org

16. All-Aboard Watersports. For anyone interested in enjoying watersport activities on the harbourside take a look at All-Aboard Watersports website www.allaboardwatersports.co.uk More information can be obtained from Jess Allen on 0117 9290801



January 2018 Bulletin 27

Welcome to this month’s e-newsletter for HCCA sharing community news from Hotwells, Cliftonwood, Spike Island and wider Bristol. We wish you all the best for 2018. If you wish to contribute to our next bulletin, please send us a short paragraph and link/s where relevant by 31st January.  Visit our website for more!

1. Tree felling protests in Cliftonwood

2. Hotwells Panto 

3. Cumberland Piazza 2018

4. Jacobs Wells Hub events 2018

5. Joint Spatial Plan

6. Bristol Homeless Connect

7. ASD Families & Education Days

8. Bristol Civic Society talks

9. Neighbourhood Renewal Seminar Bristol 14th June

10. Upcoming Bristol Museum dates for the diary

1. Tree felling protests in Cliftonwood took place this weekend in response to an application that has been submitted to fell ALL the trees in the open space opposite 9,10,11 Argyle Place, including the lovely (if slightly misshapen) Mimosa. The application is discretely posted outside no 6 Argyle Place. This is a conservation area so the trees can't just be felled without consultation- the value of the trees to the area, in themselves and the local wildlife they support (birds and bats) are all considerations It seems the only reason to fell them is that the owner wants them gone and they have employed a tree specialist to look any them who seem unable to find any real problem with any of them, although he has defined the condition of 4 ash, 3 elm and 6 sycamore to be poor. To comment on this application here is the link http://planningonline.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P13W63DNM3D00 but hurry as we believe the deadline is Wednesday 10th January!

2. Hotwells Pantowill be Dick Whittington. Rehearsals are on Tuesday January 9th 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 to Saturday 28 February to 3 March. More information will be available in the next bulletin

3. Cumberland Piazza plans 2018 The street artists will be back to repaint their damaged mural and we will continue to maintain our planters, which are now binging year round colour and develop more green areas. We're also exploring additional seating, more artwork to be created with children and young people and we'll be asking for your views on our plans. If you'd like to get involved please email admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk using the subject line 'piazza' http://artundertheflyover.com

4. Jacobs Wells Hub events in January will be Tai-Chi and Jump Start Kids and Craft Hub with details to follow. Check their event page here for details: http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/events/ 

5. Joint Spatial Plan - Publication Document A reminder that any comments you want to provide on the Joint Spatial Plan Publication Document must be received by Wednesday 10 January 2018. The Joint Spatial Plan, supporting evidence, topic papers, statement of representations procedure and information about how to make comments are all available at www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk. Hard copies of the Plan are also available in libraries and council offices. If you have any questions please email info@jointplanningwofe.org.uk All comments made on the Joint Spatial Plan Publication Document will be published online in due course. Please note that responses received, including personal details, cannot be kept confidential and will be made publicly available.

6. Bristol Homeless Connect is a new website providing a single online access point for information and help on rough sleeping in Bristol. It has been created to offer a single point of access for all the information and advice on offer to rough sleepers or those at risk of rough sleeping. Whether you’re in need of support yourself, want to help or just to find out more about it, this website aims to connect you with the right organisations and advicehttps://bristolhomelessconnect.com/

7. ASD Families & Education Days A great opportunity for everyone to learn more about Autism on our ASD Families & Education Days. Older children accompanied by an adult are welcome to attend for free. There are 3 events during the February half-term break, and you can choose to attend any or all any of the 1 hour talks, a 2 hour workshop, or stay all day. Find out more here  and book your tickets online Tickets are also now available for our Bristol  Spring 2018 Autism Webinars & Workshops.

8. Bristol Civic Society talks http://www.bristolcivicsociety.org.uk/

  • SS Great Britain - Tuesday 9th January at 2.00 pm. - limited to 25 people
    Talk about the new exhibitions and developments at SSGB. Learn about opportunities for volunteering at SSGB. No charge.
  • Bristol Science Park - Thursday 22nd February at 2.00 pm - limited to 20 people
    Visit to the Science Park with guide and accompanying talk about the activities and future plans. More details nearer the time.
  • SUEZ Energy from Waste Plant, Avonmouth - Wednesday 14th March - limted to 25 people
    A return visit to this fascinating plant for all those of you unable to join us earlier this year.

9. Neighbourhood Renewal Seminar Bristol 14th June After March 2019, the current Brexit deadline, there will STILL be no national neighbourhood renewal policy if current government policy continues. What in this context will be the future for the deprived communities located across town and cities in Britain? The Seminars, held across the UK between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm will discuss a range of strategies that could be used to implement effective neighbourhood and urban renewal aimed at influencing the urban policy of the current and future government administrations.

  • Currently in Britain there is no national neighbourhood renewal policy.
  • Currently there is no lead in central government to tackle deprivation and neighbourhood decline.
  • In England, the policy of neighbourhood renewal ended in 2010.
  • In current Brexit policy developments, neighbourhood and urban renewal is hardly mentioned in any government working papers and press releases.

The cost to attend each seminar is £90 and a reduced rate of £45 for students and researchers. To book a place please email Raymond Holden on raymondholden71@gmail.com To submit a paper also please emailraymondholden71@gmail.com and you will be informed of its acceptance by 1st February 2018.

10. Upcoming Bristol Museum dates for the diary

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences 31 March—24 June 2018 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Six large tapestries exploring the British fascination with taste and class by one of the UK’s best-known and best-loved artists. Inspired by Hogarth’s morality tale, A Rake’s Progress, Perry’s tapestries follow the socially-mobile life of fictional character Tim Rakewell from infancy to untimely death. Crammed with acutely observed detail, these beautiful, ornate pieces invite us all to think about our own attitudes to class and the structure of our society as a whole.

Bristol Music 19 May—23 September 2018 at M Shed Bristol is one of the UK’s key ‘music cities’ in the twenty-first century. Its emergence as a national musical hub since the 1950s has incorporated a rich mix of styles, genres and sounds. The creation of these musical cultures has been driven not only by artists and producers but crucially by you – the people of Bristol. But what does Bristol Music mean to you? Using stories contributed by people from all over the city, this exhibition takes your memories of attending gigs, festivals and clubs, and charts the history of music in Bristol with its host of internationally influential musicians, infamous venues and multitude of sounds.

BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize7 July—2 September 2018 atBristol Museum & Art Gallery Including the most impressive and creative craft practice in the UK today, this exhibition from the V&A marks the 70th anniversary of BBC Woman’s Hour. Twelve finalists have been selected for their originality and excellence in concept, design and process. Through huge hand woven willow structures, darned high street hoodies and bespoke bicycles, to unfired clay installations, futuristic glass figures, and jewellery made with 18th-century pins found in the mud of the river Thames, the finalists explore issues ranging from our consumer culture, to the decline of UK manufacturing, and geopolitics.



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

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 admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk by 27th November.  Visit our website for more! 

In this issue:

  2. Clifton and Clifton Down Forum
  3. Possible Cumberland Basin Developments
  4. Anchor/Hotwell Road improvements
  5. Cliftonwood Town Green events
  6. Lion Park update
  7. Jacobs Well Zebra crossing
  8. Jacobs Wells Baths breaking news
  9. Clean up Bristol Harbour
  10. Harbourside Social Running
  11. Local Road Closures
  12. Student Housing issues
  13. Fostering and Adoption
  14. Exhibitions
  15. Digital Ads Bristol City Centre
  16. The Repair Shop
  17. 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 juliathomas47@live.co. 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 carol.lilwall@gmail.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 admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk 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 repair@ricochet.co.uk  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 johanna@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk


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:

  2. West Bristol Arts Trail 14-15 October
  3. Art Trail at the Piazza
  4. Festival in Hotwells and Cliftonwood
  5. Rownham Mead – National Winners
  6. Clean Streets Autumn Litter Blitz 16-29 October
  7. Bristol Harbourside Monday Morning Social Running
  8. Healthy City Week 7-14 October
  9. Pavement Parking Petition
  10. We the Curious
  11. Salt Café’s Italian Film Season
  12. Africa Writes
  13. Social Justice for Refugees
  14. Bristol Somali Cultural Festival
  15. Forest School and Outdoor Education courses
  16. Fermenting Fun
  17. 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. admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

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  hello@bristolwastecompany.co.uk  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: info@somalicentre.co.uk

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/