The Bishopston Society is ideally placed to take on the role of Bishopston’s “community hub”, or at least that’s a prospect emerging from the Society’s recent Annual General Meeting.

Contributors, including local councillors, helped us to get to grips with the changing political and economic landscape, and its impact on Bishopston’s communities and wellbeing. They supported The Bishopston Society’s work emphatically and spoke of the opportunity for it to develop into an “anchor” or “hub” role.

Thangam meets Dick

A new smart venue in the Gloucestershire Cricket Club’s  Pavilion building, a record attendance of 75 people, two interesting topics introduced by local speakers and a fascinating and amusing talk by our main guest, the Bristol West MP, Thangam Debbonaire, all added up to the creation of one of the Society’s most enjoyable and successful Public Meetings, held on April 15th. 


Memorial ground

The Bishopston Society (TBS) has applied to Bristol City Council for the Memorial Stadium to be listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).

streettreesThe Bishopston Society's Annual General Meeting was held on 28th September 2015.

The audience of about 40, including three of our local councillors, heard three varied and engaging guest presentations:
from Andrew Garrad, Chair of Bristol 2015
followed by Tracey Wintle, Supervisor of Redland, Clifton and Cheltenham Road Libraries
and ending with Liz Kew from Streetscene

followed by the customary searching interventions from the floor.


A well-attended public meeting held on 30 March 2015 not only heard four contrasting but equally interesting guest presentations, but also a range of lively interventions from the audience.


Despite the competing attractions of the NHS hustings in the main hall next door, there was a full house to hear from Barra Mac Ruairi, Strategic Director of Place at Bristol City Council: councillors Daniella Radice and Martin Fodor, on the Walking Map Project and the North Bristol Baths project respectively; and Liz Kew from Streetscene.


The evening was completed by the members of the audience who engaged with enthusiasm in discussions on a wide-ranging variety of topics.

agm2014The Bishopston Society 2014 AGM held on Monday, Sept 29th proved to be one of its most interesting annual meetings. The audience of around forty or so heard the fascinating accounts of three different neighbourhood enterprises that had a common theme of the development of local green spaces for the benefit of the community. Each of the three speakers shared a tangible and infectious enthusiasm for their project which was clearly reflected in the manner in which the voluntary groups involved in these projects strived so hard to achieve the extraordinary levels of success that they have realised.

ourplacesurveySeventeen local volunteers turned up for the recent ‘Gloucester Road/Bishopston Heritage survey event.

Split into small groups, our task was to take small stretches of the Gloucester Road and using prepared large scale maps and a standard collection of symbols to denote a range of features, carry out a Neighbourhood mapping survey to record the specific character of the section of the Gloucester Road to which we had been assigned.

Pubic meeting speakerThere was a shared focus on ‘liveability’ at The Bishopston Society public meeting held on 7 April 2014. The common theme running through each of our four guest presentations was how the neighbourhood quality of the Gloucester Road and Bishopston could be improved.

TID-100214937he Bishopston Society has a new web site! Following months of redesign, planning and development work, our new site went live on Wednesday 22 January 2014.

Guest speaker talkA fascinating insight into the plans for a new medical practice, and much more, was given at the The Bishopston Society AGM. 

Contributions from guest speakers included revelations from Mark Allen of The Spence Practice about the nearly-complete Bristol North Baths redevelopment.


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