While not part of our immediate ‘patch’, the Lower Severn Vale Levels landscape forms one of the largest areas of countryside close to North Bristol. Because its scenery is not spectacular and is in places scarred by industrial developments, it is probably a place that we don’t often think of visiting when we want to get away from our urban surroundings for a day out.

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.

ideasfestThis Festival consists of over 80 different talks and events extending over a two month period, of which these examples give a flavour and may be of more local interest: 'Mayor's Annual Lecture: The State of Bristol', 'What is a Healthy City and What are Healthy Communities?', 'Cary Grant - from Horfield to Hollywood'.


If you are a new student starting at the University of the West of England or the University of Bristol, living in or around the Bishopston area of the city, welcome to our neighbourhood.


Clive Stevens, Chair of Bristol Tree Forum says:

Dear Friend of Bristol’s Trees – You are invited to the TreeForum meeting on Monday 6th Oct at 6pm. Members of the public and representatives of community organisations, it is really important you flex your democratic muscles and come if you can!


This information comes from Councillor Fi Hance's latest enewsletter:

A couple of new schemes are being consulted on – the first at the bottom of North and Cromwell Road and the second relating to a new crossing on Coldharbour Road.  Both can be found here



No 20 bus

This news comes from the latest enewsletter from local councillor, Fi Hance:

Having moved and then restored the no 20 bus route earlier this year, First Bus announced that it would be cutting this service on September 1st, citing financial unviability. 


From Clive Stevens:

Dear Friend of Bristol’s trees – You may know I am stepping down as Chair of the TreeForum in January 2015 (my 3 & 1/2  years are up). I do plan to stand as Vice Chair but we will need a Chair or 2 Co-Chairs to take the helm during 2015 and onwards (Could be a gradual handover?).

airpollutionAIR QUALITY IN BRISTOL - TIME TO STOP BREATHING? : Steve Crawshaw and  Dr Angela Raffle  

Steve Crawshaw has worked on air quality in Bristol since the inception of Local Air Quality management in 1998. He has expertise in monitoring, modelling and reporting on air quality in the city. 


As part of Bristol 2015 – the year that we celebrate being European Green Capital – grants are being awarded to projects that help change attitudes and behaviour towards sustainable living. In our area, the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership have a total of £10,000 available for local groups with good ideas.