On Monday 9th April we had a community meeting to discuss local responses to a plan proposed by the council for developments to Hotwells (named 'Western Harbour' by the proposal)
There is a chance for local people to comment by Friday this week.
Please email to comment firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- HCCA AGM “Celebrating Local Women”
- 500 Club
- Jacob’s Well Community Hub
- Local History Society
- West Bristol Art trail
- Anti- Fracking Activism
- Green Party Conference City Hall Bristol 5-7 October
- Green Great Britain Week
- Pedestrian Crossings
- Bristol Older Peoples’ Forum BOPF
- Bristol Waste Autumn Litter Pick
- Bristol Museums
- Life Cycle
- Bristol High Street Futures
- Crimes against older people
- 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Rise Up Climate Rally - 8th September 2018
- HCCA 500 Club
- New Landscape works on the Cumberland Piazza
- Sea Cadets on Avonquay
- Laurie Lee - The Lost Recordings
- Doors Open Day
- Antique and Vintage Fair
- Local History Society
- Register to Vote
- Bristol - Tower Blocks or No Tower Blocks.
- Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance
- Come on Board
- New course guide for adult learners
- Reading Volunteers
- Avon and Somerset Police, Enquiry Office opening times
- Vulnerable Victim Frauds
- Bristol Waste Re-use video
- Bristol Older Peoples Forum BOPF
- 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 - email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 city. https://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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Sylvia Crowe designed the Cumberland Piazza as part of a much bigger landscaped scheme covering all the Ashton and Hotwells flyover. She explored many ideas about play and leisure that were cutting edge in the 1960s. One of the ideas for the Piazza was that people could sit and watch the boats coming in and out of Bristol Harbour. there were so many things she couldn't have known about that have arisen as major concerns in the intervening years. Although we can still watch the boats come and go from our new pocket park, we often watch through a haze of speeding cars- who knew in the 1960s that traffic levels would quadruple within 50 years?