Our Neighbourhood Festival, Saturday 4th – Saturday 11th May 2013

The “Our Neighbourhood” Community Festival has been coordinated by the Bishopston, Cotham & Redland Neighbourhood Partnership, and will take place 4th -11th May 2013.

The aims of the festival are to promote the Neighbourhood Partnership and other community groups, to encourage local people to get actively involved in improving the area we live in and to bring local people together and celebrate our neighbourhood.

The festival programme includes over 20 events at various locations across Bishopston, Cotham and Redland. Events are deliberately varied in the hope that most people will find something that interests them. The full festival programme is below and on the Our Neighbourhood Partnership website shortly – www.bcrnp.org.uk/festival

The vast majority of events are being run free of charge by local community groups.

Please join Bishopston Matters for two FREE community events for kids that we are hosting at – St Andrews Park on Sunday 5th May, 10.30am and Horfield Baptist Cafe on Wednesday 8th May from 3.30pm. Bishopston Matters is delighted to be sponsoring the festival.

Please do come along, get involved and celebrate the fantastic community we are lucky enough to live in! See you there!

“Our Neighbourhood” Festival Programme

Saturday 4th May, 8.30am – 2pm – Whiteladies Farmers’ and Fair Trading Market. Whiteladies Rd, corner of Apsley Road, BS8 2ST. The local fortnightly market for locally produced, low packaged food and other products. Extra stalls this week where you can find out about your local Neighbourhood Partnership and give your ideas about encouraging diversity, sustainability and profitability amongst Whiteladies businesses.

Saturday 4th May, 10.30 – 11.15am – Guided Walk: the birds of St Andrew’s Park. Meet at the main entrance to St Andrew’s Park, Effingham Road, opposite Grenville Road, BS6 5AX. Join local wildlife expert Des Bowring for a walk listening to & observing local birdlife. Free, just turn up.

Saturday 4th May, 2 – 4.30pm – Photography Walk: Cotham Gardens & Gloucester Road. Meet at the entrance to Cotham Gardens, Redland Grove, BS6. Join local photographer Tony Gill for a photography walk focusing on Cotham Gardens parklife and Gloucester Road streetscenes. The walk will finish at 4pm, followed by an optional adjournment to a café to review photos taken. Free, but please email gill40@blueyonder.co.uk to book your place.

Sunday 5th May, 10.30 – 11.15am – Guided Walk: the birds of St Andrew’s Park meet at the main entrance to St Andrew’s Park, Effingham Road, opposite Grenville Road, BS6 5AX. Join local wildlife expert Des Bowring for a walk listening to & observing local birdlife. Free, just turn up.

Sunday 5th May, 10.30am – 12.30pm – Children’s Quiz and Trail: St Andrew’s Park. Effingham Road, BS6 – Start at the ‘Tea Garden Cafe’ in the centre of the park. Children can pick up a question form at the café, then enjoy searching for the answers placed at various points around the park. All completed forms that are returned to the starting point will be put into to draw to win some local toy shop vouchers. Free, just turn up. No unaccompanied children.

Sunday 5th May, 3 – 3.45pm – Guided Walk: the trees and wildlife habitats of St Andrew’s Park. Meet at the main entrance to St Andrew’s Park, Effingham Road, opposite Grenville Road, BS6 5AX. Join local tree expert Simon Randolph for a walk highlighting some of the very special and ancient trees and wildlife habitats in the park. Free, just turn up.

Sunday 5th May, 8pm til late – Night of Ska Reggae N’ Blues, Classic Punk & New Wave. Golden Lion, 244 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, BS7 8NZ. A night of live music with local bands The Smokestack Shakers and Mystery Chords. Fundraiser for Ashley Down Schools. Free, just turn up. Donations invited.

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, 1 – 5pm – Redland May Fair, Redland Green, BS6 7HE. The ever-popular free annual community fair. Come along to enjoy a wide range of 100+ stalls, live music, kids’ entertainment, teas and refreshments, and much more. Free, just turn up (disabled parking only).

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, all day – Redland May Fair Volunteering Opportunities. Redland Green, BS6 7HE. Give an hour or more of your time to help the organising committee deliver a successful May Fair. Activities include fair set-up, stewarding, traffic management and helping to clear the site at the end of the fair. Email mayfairinfo@rcas.org.uk if you can help.

Tuesday 7th May, 10am – 12.30pm – Photography Walk: Cotham Gardens & Gloucester Road. Meet at the entrance to Cotham Gardens. Join local photographer Tony Gill for a photography walk focusing on Cotham Gardens parklife and Gloucester Road streetscenes. The walk will finish at midday, followed by an optional adjournment to a café to review photos taken. Free, but please email gill40@blueyonder.co.uk to book your place.

Tuesday 7th May, 2 – 5pm – Neighbourhood Partnership Library drop in. Redland Library, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2PY. Pop in to meet your local council neighbourhood coordinator, get advice about any problems you are facing locally, and log any concerns you have. Free, just turn up.

Tuesday 7th May, 6.30 – 7.30pm – Music Taster Session: Samba Reggae Band. Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT. An opportunity to try playing in a samba reggae band. Free, but call or email to book your place (0117 919 8077, info@cotham.bristol.sch.uk)

Wednesday 8th May, 10am-midday – Children’s activities in Cotham Gardens. Cotham Gardens, Redland Grove, BS6. Come along for free face-painting and craft activities courtesy of Archfield House Nursery. Also, find out how you can make your street safe for children’s play with advice and inspiration from Playing Out. Free, just turn up. No unaccompanied children please.

Wednesday 8th May, 10am – midday – Volunteering in Cotham Gardens. Cotham Gardens, Redland Grove, BS6. Come and help us improve Cotham Gardens – activities could include removal of graffiti, pruning of shrubs, and painting of play equipment. Free, just turn up. Bring gardening gloves and wear stout shoes.

Wednesday 8th May,10am – 4pm (Garden tours at midday and 2pm) – Volunteer gardening & tours Golden Hill Community Garden. Monk Road, BS7 8NE (behind Bishop Road School and Horfield Prison). Love gardening? Then join the team of local volunteers for part (or all) of their weekly gardening session. Garden tours also on offer today will explain the history of the garden and the work done to turn it from a derelict bog to a productive and beautiful space. Free, just turn up.

Wednesday 8th May, 10.30am – Volunteer litterpick. Meet at St Bonaventure’s Church Car Park, Egerton Road, Bishopston, BS7 8HP. Join local street champion John O’Neil to litter-pick and help tidy up the area. Free, just turn up.

Wednesday 8th May, 12 – 5pm – Neighbourhood Partnership Library drop in. Cheltenham Road Library, BS6 5QX. Pop in to meet your local council neighbourhood coordinator, get advice about any problems you are facing locally, and log any concerns you have. Free, just turn up.

Wednesday 8th May, 3.30 – 5.30pm – Children’s Craft Activity – “Why We Love Bishopston”. Horfield Baptist Church, 279 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, BS7 8NY. Inspired by the Gloucester Road, St Andrews Park and Horfield Common, come and enjoy getting crafty! Produce a picture/collage that will be part of a big montage that will creatively display why you love Bishopston. The completed, artistic board will be on show in the church until the end of the week. Delicious refreshments will be available. Free, just turn up. All materials provided. No unaccompanied children please.

Wednesday 8th May, 8.15 – 9.15pm – Music Taster Session: Band 1 Steel Pan Band. Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT. An opportunity to try your hand at playing steel drums. Free, but call or email to book your place (0117 919 8077, info@cotham.bristol.sch.uk)

Thursday 9th May, 9am – 1.30pm – Training course on hand removal of graffiti tags. Are you bothered by graffiti in your area? Join a team of volunteers to learn how to safely and effectively remove graffiti. Free but places need be booked in advance; Joining instructions will be sent to applicants Email: BCR Street Scene Group.

Thursday 9th May, 2.30pm – Children’s storytime. Redland Library, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2PY. The regular storytelling slot for pre-schooler children. Free, just turn up.

Thursday 9th May, 3.15 – 5pm – Open access adventurous play session. Next to the Ardagh Centre bowling club, Horfield Common, Kellaway Avenue, BS6 7YL (Opposite Tesco Golden Hill). A weekly (term-time) outdoor play session – come and play in a fantastic physical play space created with hammocks, ropes, climbing equipment, swings and tyres! For school-age children and their families. Free, just turn up. Children under 8 MUST be supervised by an adult.

Thursday 9th May, 4.30 – 5.30pm – Tennis taster sessions. Kings Lawn Tennis Club, Maplemeade, Bishopston BS7 8JG. Come and try your hand at tennis! For all ages and abilities. Free, just turn up.

Thursday 9th May, 6.15pm – 10pm – Foraging expedition and cookery demonstration. 102 Cookery School, 102 Gloucester Road, BS7 8BN. (Foraging expedition in Ashton Court –transport not provided). Take part in a wild food foraging expedition with expert Toby Gritten, then see a demonstration of how to cook the food you have sourced. Cost: Festival special just £25 (RRP £195).
Email or call 102 Cookery School to book, mentioning the community festival (0117 244 0047, admin@102cookeryschool.co.uk)

Friday 10th May, 2 – 5pm – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Redland Green. (Redland Green Road BS6 7EH) Bring a picnic, meet friends, and enjoy the free entertainment. Free, just turn up (check this website on the day if it is wet to make sure it is going ahead)

Friday 10th May, 7.30 – 8.30pm – Wellbeing workshop: Sound Relaxation & Meditation with Gongs and Singing Bowls. Redland Club, Burlington Road, Redland, BS6 6TN (just off Whiteladies Road) An hour of total relaxation, immersed in the cosmic sound of gongs and singing bowls. Donations welcome. No booking required. Please bring a yoga/camping mat or sleeping bag and blanket.

Saturday 11th May, 9.30am – midday – Redland Club Open Day taster sessions Redland Club, Burlington Road, Redland, BS6 6TN (just off Whiteladies Road). Come and try a free 30-minute taster session of: Tango Argentino (9.30 – 10am); Latin Solo Dance (10.10 – 10.40am); Yoga (10.50 – 11.20am); or Sound Relaxation and Meditation (11.30am – midday). Free, just turn up.

Saturday 11th May, 12.30 – 5.30pm (café open for lunch from midday) Super Forum public meeting. The Mayor, and local high streets. Horfield Baptist Church, 279 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, BS7 8NY. Come along to discuss how residents and local traders can respond to the challenges facing our high streets; hear the Mayor speak about the role of communities and neighbourhoods; and debate the priorities for our neighbourhood partnership area. Free, just turn up.

Saturday 11th May, 10.30am – 4pm – Neighbourhood Police & Neighbourhood Watch. Outside No 281 Gloucester Road (next door to Horfield Baptist Church). Meet your local police force and find out about local neighbourhood watch schemes. Free, just turn up.

Saturday 11th May, 10.30am – 4pm – Travelwest Roadshow. Outside No 281 Gloucester Road (next door to Horfield Baptist Church). Local travel advice and information about walking, cycling and public transport. Free taster tickets and information on borrowing loan bikes, including electric bikes. Also, Dr Bike will provide free bike checks and minor repairs. Free, just turn up.

Saturday 11th May, 11am & 12.15am – Singing on the Gloucester Road. 11am Outside on the Promenade, Gloucester Road (near Zetland Road junction). 12.15 Outside Horfield Baptist Church (Super Forum venue). Enjoy fabulous choral singing in the open air by Redland Green Community Chorus. Free, just turn up.

Saturday 11th May, 1 – 4pm – Golden Hill Community Garden Spring Fair. Monk Road, BS7 8NE(behind Bishop Road School and Horfield Prison). All sorts of live music and morris dancing, plants for sale, delicious refreshments and cakes. Bring any blunt secateurs and tools along and learn how to sharpen them. Also lots of free kids activities including badge making, pond dipping, art fun, games and face painting!  Free just turn up. Wheelchair accessible including the loo.

Monday 13th May, 7 – 8pm – Music Taster Session: Sweet Liberation Choir. Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT. An opportunity to try singing in a choir. Free, but call or email to book your place (0117 919 8077, info@cotham.bristol.sch.uk)

Monday 13th May, evening – (timing dependent on participant experience). Music Taster Session: Javanese Gamelan – Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT. A unique opportunity to try your hand at gamelan music, traditionally from Indonesia. Nominal fee (no more than £5). Ring 0117 942 3840 for further info and to book.

Tuesday 14th May, 7 – 9pm – Bishopston Forum – Local Policing Issues. The Memorial Stadium, Filton Avenue, BS7 0BF. Come along to discuss local policing issues and meet the new Police & Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens. Free, just turn up. All community from Bishopston Cotham & Redland welcome.

Throughout the week

Gloucester Road promotions – Gloucester Road, Arches to Ashley Down Road. Several local traders along the Gloucester Road will be offering promotions and discounts throughout the festival week. Look out for promotional posters in trader windows, and mention the   “Our Neighbourhood” Community Festival to qualify.

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