Join the fun at our community fair

August 26 2016

Following the success of last year’s event, the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership is again running its Community Fair on Saturday September 17 at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Pigsty Hill, 160A Gloucester Road. The fair will run from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, and will have many stalls and food, as well as events and entertainment.

Following the success of last year’s event, the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership is again running its Community Fair on Saturday September 17 at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Pigsty Hill, 160A Gloucester Road. The fair will run from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, and will have many stalls and food, as well as events and entertainment.

There will be attractions for all ages, including face painting, entertainment from Mr Gotalot, activities from Litterarti, music, a raffle, and free bike repairs from the Bike Man and bike marking from the Police. There will also be food from Nico’s Kitchen and free drinks.

Groups of all types and interests are invited to use the Fair as an opportunity to tell people about what they are doing in the area. Attending this year are groups as diverse as the Bishopston Society, Gloucester Road Central, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol Energy, Friends of Horfield Common, University of the Third Age, and the newly formed Friends of the Memorial Ground.

It’s also an opportunity to talk to the working groups of the Neighbourhood Partnership, which are made up of local residents, councillors and council officers. Residents can tell them about ideas for the area, issues which could be improved, and how this could be achieved.

There will also be the chance to vote on Little Grants for Big Ideas, which is a way for groups and individuals to get some funding for an idea to improve our area. Members of the public attending the fair will be able to view and discuss the different applicants and then vote for the winners.

For instance, last year a grant was given to Chandos Neighbourhood Association to carry out activities and research in their area, and the Neighbourhood Partnership was ecstatic to hear of all they have managed to achieve using the Little Grant to kick-start their project. Window Wanderland was another recipient and the Neighbourhood Partnership is delighted that the original Big Idea has spread to not only more areas in our Neighbourhood, but across Bristol.

Glos Rd Central will have a stand at the fair. They received funding from Neighbourhood Partnership and Avon Wildlife Trust for the pavement planters installed this year. They are applying for the Little Grant for flowers and shrubs to keep the planters looking lovely all winter and would love people to come and vote for them at the Fair.  If anyone is interested in finding out more about the Community Fair, they can email info@bcrnp.org.uk The Neighbourhood Partnership also has a website, Facebook Page and Twitter account; just search for “bcr_np”.