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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/