Groups benefit from little grants for big ideas at Community Fair

September 30 2016

BISHOPSTON, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership held its annual Community Fair in September at St Michael’s Church on the Gloucester Road.

 

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BISHOPSTON, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership held its annual Community Fair in September at St Michael’s Church on the Gloucester Road. 

There was lots of fun and entertainment with performances from Mr Gotalot, Ashley Down and Bishop Road Choirs, Bishopston Bayou Band and Bristol Folk Singers. It was a great occasion that brought out all ages, some intrigued by the craft activities and musical opportunities presented by Litterarti who brought a homemade drum kit, constructed from bicycle wheels, pipes, gas bottles and old seats. 

Campaign and community groups including Friends of the Memorial Ground, the Ardagh CIC and Bristol Energy took part. Clare Freshwater-Turner, a leading member of the campaign for a safer crossing on Cranbrook Road was busy collecting signatures and sharing their cause with the local community.

Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods, Asher Craig, came along to present the Little Grants for Big Ideas, which were voted on by the public at the fair. The five local projects which gained the £350 ‘Little grants for big ideas’ award included the Gloucester Rd Central keep growing group, No Blame No Shame - Women’s Independent Alcohol Support (WIAS), the three Choirs Ceilidh who plan to put on a fun and social event, Art in the Park, and MakeyourhomeEco (the BCR Energy Group).   

Sarah Thorp, one of the traders from Gloucester Road Central, was delighted with their award, which will keep the planters scheme in bloom. 

She said: “It was lovely to speak to so many residents who really appreciate the pavement planters and want to see them continue to flourish. I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for us! Local residents are already coming forward offering to help with the planting or donate plants and bulbs for the containers. 

"Anyone who is tidying up their garden for autumn is welcome to bring bulbs or evergreen shrubs which they think would do well in our planters over the winter. This happened during the summer and we still have flourishing squash plants and geraniums which were donated.”

The next deadline for the regular small grant funding is November 28. 

For further details see  http://www.bcrnp.org.uk .