Report on 1st Network Meeting

We were really pleased with the mix of volunteer groups that came out on a dark November night to take part in the first St George Community Network meeting. Rob, our chair, gave a brief summary of the aims of the St George Community Network (SGCN) and then it was straight into finding out what all the groups present were doing,

If you are new to the SGCN you can find out more about us on our website or on Facebook and Twitter. Page 16 of the November issue of St George & Redfield Voice has an excellent full page article about the SGCN.

The St George Community Network’s Working Group currently has 8 members each looking at different issues in the area. More members are always welcome. Please contact us if you are interested.

Five members of the Working Group were present at the meeting:
• Nigel invited anyone interested in influencing planning and development in St George to contact him. An invitation will be arriving in your mailbox soon.
• Susan invited any groups who wanted to use the SGCN Facebook and Twitter pages to publicise their activities to contact her. Details of this offer will be sent to you soon.
• Diane and Jo have the brief of walking, cycling, public transport and air quality. They spoke of the work they had done raising issues about air quality around Summerhill Academy and Summerhill Junior School.
• Rob’s area of interest is parks and green spaces. A meeting will be held soon for local green spaces volunteer groups and anyone wishing to start such a group. Rob is looking to continue the success of local groups working together that has resulted in successful events and projects, including 3 new play areas.

Jim Donaldson of St Aidan’s Church, announced that the St George Community Fair, the free event for all local groups to showcase what they do, will be held again on Saturday 3rd March, 2018 in St Aidan’s Church and Church Hall on Fir Tree Lane. Donations from any groups in the financial position to do so, would be very welcome. All donations will go to the Bourne Family Project which provides free support to families including adult counselling and play therapy in the St George and Kingswood area. Jim will be sending out invitations to all groups who have participated before. Any groups new to the event can email for Jim’s contact details.

The introductory part of the meeting helped everyone to know who they wanted to talk to in the networking part of the meeting. Just one of the pieces of information shared was about the start of a new arts project “Be Creative” starting in St George with a partnership between existing local groups and expertise formerly based at the Pip n Jay church.

The topic for this meeting was grants.

• why apply for grants,
• why grants are rejected,
• why grants are successful,
• what you HAVE to do if you are successful,
• easy grants to apply for
• where to find grants.

With 5 groups in the room who had applied for more than 4 grants, 5 who had applied between 1 and 4 times and two groups who had never applied for a grant this made for a lively and informative 30 minute session with Nigel wielding the pen and Susan encouraging the discussion..


What 30 minute topic do you want at the next meeting?

Suggestions for topics included:
– tips for running events
– how to increase involvement in the SGCN and other groups across our diverse community.

What would you like the topic to be?
Would you be willing to run the session on this topic?
Email with your ideas.

We will be setting the date for our next meeting soon. Look out for posters in local noticeboards, emails from us, check our website, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

A huge thank you Nigel and Maxine for making the studio of Black Iris Images available for this meeting.

We hope to see you soon.

Groups represented at this meeting were:
Friends of Dundridge Park
Friends of Troopers Hill
Playing Out
St Aidan with St George church
Friends of St George Library
St George in Bloom
Friends of Gladstone St Park
Friends of Kingsway Youth
Be Creative
St George Park Community Garden
Bethesda Methodist Church
Wellspring Community Allotment
St George Community Association

Network Meeting 1st November

The St George Community Network working group met last week to finalise the details of the meeing we are organising on Wednesday 1st November.

One of the aspects of the old Neighbourhood Partnership that people most liked was the opportunity for community groups across the area to get together to share experiences and learn from each other.

We are aiming to hold get togethers every four months or so to allow this to happen.

The focus of our first meeting will be on discussing grants that are available to community groups and sharing the experience of those who have applied in the past; both those that have succeeded and those that haven’t. There will also be ample opportunity for general networking and discussions of other subjects.

While this is not a public meeting, it is open to everyone in the area who is either part of a community group or who is interested in starting one.

The meeting will be from 7.30 to 9.00pm at The Old Hauliers Arms, Pile Marsh BS5 9NT, a poster advertising the event is shown below and will soon appear on the various notice boards around the area.

Please spread the word to anyone who you think might be interested.

Supporting Community Groups

We will soon be adding information to this website about community groups in St George with links to their websites and social media accounts. Please let us know if you would like any information added.

We have set the website up on WordPress so that we can also give access to local groups to post their own appeals and information as news items. If you would be interested in doing this please let us know. We will also post information from city wide groups, the Council, the Police etc where it is relevant to St George.

In the meantime here some links to current appeals for help. Please share if you have access to social media accounts.

Church Rooad Lantern Parade

Church Road Lantern Parade is featured in the latest round of the Tesco Bags of help scheme. They are hoping to schedule a parade for November 29th 2017 and need your help to achieve this.

When you visit any TESCO store in Bristol East please ask for a free token to pop in a box to help decide which project should win the first prize of £4,000 from the Tesco bags of help scheme. It is in all stores from The Island of Tesco at Eastville all the way up to Staple Hill, Hanham and Kingswood so way off our normal patch.

Their target is £12000 to create a safe parade and this will give us a massive step up.

Friends of Troopers Hill – Ways to Nature

Friends of Troopers Hill are running a consultation to see if there is support for a project to improve access to the Hill and ensure that it is protected from unwanted access such as by motorcycles in the future.

Paper copies have been distruibuted locally, but you can also respond on line at The closing date is 12th July, so there are only a few days left. If there is sufficient local support then Friends of Troopers Hill will apply for grant funding for the work.


Two city wide organisations currently have petitions on the Council website that you may wish to support.

The Bristol Parks Forum (of which Friends of St George Park, Friends of Dundridge Park and Friends of Troopers Hill are all members) is concerned about the Council’s current published budget proposals showing that they will stop funding our parks from April 2019, relying instead on revenue generated from parks events and other outside sources.

Protect our Parks

Pavement parking has been a concern for many people in St George, and the Traffic and Transport group of the Neighbourhood Partnership had looked at how this could be tackled.

The Bristol Walking Alliance has progressed on this issue, and has now created a petition.

Ban Parking on Bristol’s Pavements