FriendsOHCYou can see the programme of events happening through the summer - including new music evenings at the Ardagh, wildlife events, activities for young people during half term, and information about the cafe, ongoing weekly groups and new projects here

Further information, and booking details for those events which need to be booked are available on the website:

There will be lots more being added as we continue through the summer, so please do check back here for updates.

Highlights coming up this weekend & over the next few weeks include:

Bristol Jack in the Green, Co-op Local 'Food Waste' meet & greet & local makers at the Cafe on the Common's first birthday! - Saturday 7th May, 12-4pm

It is one year since the Cafe on the Common opened for community business in the previously disused external goods yard at the Ardagh. Come & enjoy a coffee, breakfast sarnie and other yummy treats - and join us in saying congratulations to Sara & the wonderful Cafe on the Common team for creating such a wonderful and enjoyable community facility!

Sat 7th is a busy day locally - join colleagues from the Gloucester Road Co-op on the morning of Sat 7th May for a fun, fundraising stroll via every store on our wonderful local high street in aid of the British Heart Foundation. You can find more info here - all are welcome to join in. Come along to the Cafe on the Common from 12pm to chat to the strollers about food waste, pick up a free goody bag & browse the local makers' stalls while you wait for Jack to arrive on the common at around 3pm.

A reminder, too that the fabulous annual Mayfest event - including Room 212, Joes Bakery & many other local traders who sponsored trees on Horfield Common as part of our tree planting plan - takes place on Gloucester Road Central on Sat 7th from 10am - 5pm; there are lots of fun activities & something for all ages - do go along & join the fun. The Co-op walk & Jack in the Green will be passing through the Mayfest event on route to the common.

You can follow Jack up from Glos Road Central as the dancing and musical procession heads to Horfield Common for his final moments of 2016. Full information about Bristol's Jack in the Green - including the story behind the procession is available here

Dipper Malkin at the Ardagh - Folk Music 'Project Ardagh' Fundraiser, Sunday 8th May, Doors Open 7.30pm

In town as part of Bristol's Folk Festival, acclaimed folk duo DipperMalkin will be playing at the Ardagh on Sunday 8th May launching a new series of music sessions, workshops and events at the Ardagh as we work towards a community asset transfer (CAT) for the pavilion building and the wider site.

A fundraiser to support the CAT, this is a unique (and rather special) opportunity to hear these acclaimed musicians. Recently on stage at London's Royal Festival Hall and described by Radio 3's Verity Sharp as 'Moving and thrilling,' these are 'two hugely talented and creative musicians, a potent combination!' (Folk Radio UK).

We are delighted to welcome John Dipper (English Acoustic Collective, Methera) and Dave Malkin to the Ardagh. Recently themselves on stage at London's Royal Festival Hall, they'll be supported on the evening by Archie Moss - a previous winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Please do come along & support this event - and bring your friends! We hope that this will be the first of many enjoyable music evenings at the Ardagh which is also supporting the development of a sustainable future of the site for the local community.

Doors open at 7.30pm; music starts around 8.00pm.

Tickets: £10.00 here (0.50p booking fee online, or available at the Cafe)

Bat Walk - Monday 9th May, 8-9.30pm
Only a few places remaining!

Come and find out more about the Bat populations that live on Horfield Common. Learn more about the behaviours, habits, likes and dislikes of these wonderful creatures, then get hands-on with a bat detector & track different bat species across the common - how many will we find?

This popular event will be repeated on June 18th - book early to avoid disappointment! here

The Ardagh 'Shed Men' Project Launch - Tuesday 17th May, 9am - 12pm

Come along & join this new project for older residents, launching at the Ardagh on 17th May. Funded by Bristol Ageing Better, through their community kick start funding, the Ardagh Shed will join the international network of 'Men in Sheds'** offering older local residents the opportunity to come along & share their skills, make new friends and get involved with supporting Project Ardagh & the wider work taking place on the common.

For more information, please call Chris on 0117 9426580 or pop in to the cafe when it's open & Sara will be able to fill you in with all the info. This is a short video made by the Patchway Men in Sheds group which will give you a sense of the aims of the project: here

We are well aware that many people are not online & may not have access to this info digitally, so please do pick up a poster from the cafe & display it in your window for us, and spread the word amongst your neighbours & networks. If you can think of someone who might be interested - please do point them to the project.

Full information will be available on the new website for the Ardagh from the end of this week: where all things Ardagh will start to become more visible as we move in to the summer. We can't wait to get started with this brilliant new project; if you'd like to get involved or have any unused tools you'd like to donate - please do get in touch.  here

NB **Everything we do seeks to be inclusive, so older women interested in making things are also very welcome at the Ardagh shed. Do get in touch if you are interested - you will be made very welcome!

Project Ardagh update - BCR NP Forum - 24th May, 7-9pm, Quakers Meeting House, 300 Glos. Rd 

Behind the scenes, volunteers are working hard on the business case and financial planning for a community asset transfer (CAT) of the Ardagh site through Bristol City Council's community buildings management scheme. The initial application for the CAT was approved to proceed in January 2015, and we will be presenting our progress to date, and discussing the developing vision for the future of the site at the upcoming Neighbourhood Partnership meeting on 24th May, 7pm at the Quakers Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road. If you would like to come along and find out more - it would be great to see you there - all are welcome. Fuller details of the event are here
We are busy planning for the Summer Picnic (not least for the weather!)

The Cafe Container Space - available for hire

For those of you who have visited the cafe in the last few weeks, you will already have had the chance to enjoy our little bit of indoor space! Created from a container previously used to house equipment for the RNLI at Birnbeck Pier in Weston Super Mare, this unique space was refurbished over the winter - with support from a word range of local businesses and organisation's across the city - using reclaimed and recycled materials to create a wonderful addition to the Cafe on the Common. The outside remains a work in progress, but the interior is complete, cosy and already providing a great space for meetings, birthday party lunches and convivial chat when the cafe is open. If you are looking for a quirky local meeting space, or interested in hiring the space with catering from the cafe for a special occasion - please get in touch.

Bishopston Matters updates

We are very lucky to have the support of Bishopston Matters community magazine and it's wonderful editor, Kerry who publishes updates about the Friends of Horfied Common's work in this monthly publication to help us keep everyone informed about what is happening on the common.

As always - please do let us know if there is anything more information you would like about any of the above. Please do share information about the activities and events happening on the common. We look forward to seeing you over the Summer.

All the best,

Friends of Horfield Common