Bishopston still very much – Matters!

Wow, it is fantastic to say that Bishopston Matters, incorporating Ashley Down, St Andrews and Horfield, has now been serving the community for 10 years!

And what a decade it has been! From humble beginnings of a 28-page black and white newsletter

to a full-colour, 80-page magazine, bursting with local news and advertisers. All this local information now

spills over into our website –, Facebook and Twitter pages.

I started my residency in the area as a lodger in Ashley Down, then moved in with boyfriend James to our much loved, rented flat overlooking St Andrews Park, and now we are lucky enough to be home owners back in Ashley Down.

During this time, James and I have been married in St Bart’s church, welcomed our schnoodle dog Monty into our home and then our gorgeous son, Henry (who is 2 this month) and, at time of writing, our second child is due any day! Through all of this Bishopston Matters continues – the print-run waits for no one!

We couldn’t have wished for a more wonderful area in which to live to enjoy this journey. Whatever new delight or challenge comes your way in life, there is group, business or individual locally based to merrily help you on your way.

As I embark on all of the fun and challenges living with two, under 2s will bring, I must credit local resident Anne-Louise, who, since the birth of Henry has stepped in to share some of the workload; I couldn’t have wished for a more professional, fun, colleague, who most importantly shares the same passion as myself for all things local.

Matters Magazines was established to recognise and share local talent, groups, activities and encourage people to support local traders. This philosophy is the same today as it was 12 years ago, when our first publication – Bradley Stoke Matters – was launched. What a great vision my dear friend Jaci had when she took the leap and launched this business. I am forever grateful to her for believing in my ability to set up a publication in Bishopston. Now more than ever, in this uncertain time in the world, when there is so much to despair at in the media, we feel celebrating all that is good in our neighbourhood (which is in abundance) and bringing you good news stories is so important.

I find it quite remarkable that at no point during these 10 years in producing the magazine have I ever struggled to fill the magazine with dedicated local content. The best part of my job has been discovering the wealth of talent, strength of character and generous nature of our local residents and traders, and spreading the news of these positive community stories.

There really are too many local groups to thank for their contributions to the magazine, but some of the most hard-working and heart-warming, I have found to work with include – The Golden Hill Community Garden, Friends of Horfield Common, St Andrews Park and Ashley Down Green, SENDaWelcome, The Bishopston Society, Window Wanderland, North Bristol Food Bank and local schools; the magazines would not have been the same over the years without the creative, imaginative illustrations from Ashley Down infants, that can’t fail to bring a smile to your face!

To show our support for the great work our local groups carry out, Bishopston Matters has been delighted to have given back several thousand pounds to our community in the form of sponsorship of individuals, events or prizes over the past 10 years.

I cannot write this without giving thanks and paying tribute to our local traders; running your own business on Gloucester Road or from home is not the easiest career path. These dedicated traders continue to serve our community because they are so passionate about what they do. We are so lucky to have this unique, fabulous high street on our door step. As well as their individual efforts, Glos Rd Central and the Gloucester Road Improvement District are now working harder than ever to bring their customers more. Each month in the magazine you can keep up to date with all their latest projects and events they are working on to further enhance your shopping experience with them. The recent installation of the Glos Road Arts Banners (see page 45) is a great example of this.

My final and biggest thanks must go to you – the reader, who’s unwavering support over the last 10 years makes Bishopston Matters possible. Please do continue to get in touch with me with all your local news and events and of course support the traders who feature within the pages.

To show my appreciation to all you great people, I invite you to take part in the FREE Reader Competition; we have 10 prizes to celebrate our 10 years in print! Full details on how easy it is to take part can be found below.

Here is to the next 10 years, please do join me!

Kerry x

There are now more ways to get in touch – Tel: 07881 924 059 / E-mail: [email protected]

Please like us on Facebook – Bishospston Matters and Follow us on Twitter – @bishmatters

FREE Reader Competitionto celebrate 10 years! 10 great prizes up for grabs
1. £40 Voucher – The Royal Oak
2. £30 Voucher – Bomboloni
3. £20 Voucher – Icon Beauty
4. £20 Voucher – Reason Interiors
5. £20 Voucher – Artemis
6. £20 Voucher – The Flower Shop
7. £15 Voucher – Grape & Grind
8. £15 Voucher – Joe’s Bakery
9. £10 Voucher – Scrumptiously Sweet
10. £10 – The Tea Garden (St Andrews Pk)

How to enter: Simply e-mail me – [email protected] or write to me at – Bishopston Matters, PO Box 337, BS9 4WT with the heading ‘10 Year Reader Competition’ with your contact details – Name, address and Tel number/e-mail, so I can get back to you if you are successful and know where to send your prize. All entries must be received by 31 January 2018. Good luck!

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