Week of celebrations: Our Neighbourhood Festival programme

April 25 2013

A week of events aimed at celebrating the community will include live music, guided walks, spring fairs and even a Mad Hatter’s tea party

Week of celebrations: Our Neighbourhood Festival programme

A week of events aimed at celebrating the community will include live music, guided walks, spring fairs and even a Mad Hatter’s tea party.

The Our Neighbourhood Festival, coordinated by the Bishopston, Cotham & Redland Neighbourhood Partnership, runs from Saturday, May 4-Saturday, May 11, and organisers have now released the full details whoch can be seen below or at www.bcrnp.org.uk/festival/.

There will be plenty of activities to enjoy, from wildlife walks in St Andrew's Park or a foraging expedition with expert Toby Gritten to playing in a samba reggae band or trying your hand at steel drums to tennis taster sessions and kids’ crafts.

Residents will also have plenty of opportunities to find out how they can help their communities with a litter pick starting from St Bonaventure's car park on May 8 at 10.30am and volunteering sessions at Cotham Gardens and Golden Hill Community Gardens on the same day from 10am.

Gloucester Road will also be playing its part with promotions during the week and choral singing from Redland Green Community Chorus on the Promenade on May 11 from 11am and outside Horfield Baptist Church from 12.15pm.

The future of our high streets and the role of communities and neighbourhoods will be on the agenda at a superforum on May 11 at Horfield Baptist Church from 12.30-5pm where Mayor George Ferguson will speak.

The annual Redland May Fair will return on the bank holiday Monday, May 6, from 1-5pm, with music, stalls, entertainment and more. On May 10, from 2-5pm, it’s back to Redland Green for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – bring a picnic, try bowling and enjoy the entertainment.

Programme

Saturday 4th May, 8.30am - 2pm

Whiteladies Farmers’ and Fair Trading Market

Whiteladies Rd, corner of Apsley Road, BS8 2ST

The local fortnightly market for locally produced, low packaged food and other products. Extra stalls this week where you can find out about your local Neighbourhood Partnership and give your ideas about encouraging diversity, sustainability and profitability amongst Whiteladies businesses.

Saturday 4th May, 10.30 - 11.15am

Guided Walk – the birds of St Andrews Park

meet at the main entrance to St Andrews Park, Effingham Road, opposite Grenville Road, BS6 5AX

Join local wildlife expert Des Bowring for a walk listening to and observing local birdlife

Free, just turn up

Saturday 4th May, 2 - 4.30pm

Photography Walk – Cotham Gardens & Gloucester Road

Meet at the entrance to Cotham Gardens, Redland Grove, BS6

Join local photographer Tony Gill for a photography walk focusing on Cotham Gardens parklife and Gloucester Road streetscenes. The walk will finish at 4pm, followed by an optional adjournment to a café to review photos taken.

Free, but please  email gill40@blue yonder.co.uk to book your place.

Sunday 5th May, 10.30 – 11.15am

Guided Walk – the birds of St Andrews Park

St Andrews Park meet at the main entrance to the park, Effingham Road, opposite Grenville Road, BS6 5AX

Join local wildlife expert Des Bowring for a walk listening to and observing local birdlife

Free, just turn up

Sunday 5th May, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Children’s Quiz and Trail St Andrews Park, Effingham Road, BS6 – Start at the ‘Tea Garden Cafe’ in the centre of the park.

Children can pick up a question form at the café, then enjoy searching for the answers placed at various points around the park. All completed forms that are returned to the starting point will be put into to draw to win some local toy shop vouchers.

Free, just turn up. No unaccompanied children.

Sunday 5th May, 3 - 3.45pm

Guided Walk – the trees and wildlife habitats of St Andrews Park

St Andrews Park meet at the main entrance to the park, Effingham Road, opposite Grenville Road, BS6 5AX

Join local tree expert Simon Randolph for a walk highlighting some of the very special and ancient trees and wildlife habitats in the park

Free, just turn up

Sunday 5th May, 8pm til late

Night of Ska Reggae N’ Blues, and Classic Punk and New Wave

Golden Lion, 244 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, BS7 8NZ

A night of live music with local bands The Smokestack Shakers and Mystery Chords.

Fundraiser for Ashley Down Schools.

Free, just turn up. Donations invited.

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, 1 - 5pm

Redland May Fair Redland Green, BS6 7HE

The ever-popular free annual community fair. Come along to enjoy a wide range of 100+ stalls, live music, kids’ entertainment, teas and refreshments, and much more.

Free, just turn up (disabled parking only)

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, all day

Redland May Fair Volunteering Opportunities

Redland Green, BS6 7HE

Give an hour or more of your time to help the organising committee deliver a successful May Fair. Activities include fair set-up, stewarding, traffic management and helping to clear the site at the end of the fair.

Email mayfairinfo@rcas.org.uk if you can help.

Tuesday 7th May, 10am-12.30pm

Photography Walk – Cotham Gardens & Gloucester Road

Meet at the entrance to Cotham Gardens,

Join local photographer Tony Gill for a photography walk focusing on Cotham Gardens parklife and Gloucester Road streetscenes. The walk will finish at midday, followed by

an optional adjournment to a café to review photos taken.

Free, but please email gill40@blueyonder.co.uk  to book your place.

Tuesday 7th May, 2 - 5pm

Library drop in

Redland Library, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2PY

Pop in to meet your local council neighbourhood coordinator, get advice about any problems you are facing locally, and log any concerns you have.

Free, just turn up.

Tuesday 7th May, 6.30-7.30pm

Music Taster Session: Samba Reggae Band

Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT

An opportunity to try playing in a samba reggae band.

Free, but call or email to book your place (0117 919 8077, info@cotham.bristol.sch.uk)

Wednesday 8th May, 10am-midday

Children’s activities in Cotham Gardens

Cotham Gardens, Redland Grove,BS6

Come along for free face-painting and craft activities courtesy of Archfield House Nursery. Also, find out how you can make your street safe for children’s play with advice and inspiration from Playing Out.

Free, just turn up. No unaccompanied children please.

Wednesday 8th May, 10am-midday

Volunteering in Cotham Gardens

Cotham Gardens, Redland Grove,BS6

Come and help us improve Cotham Gardens – activities could include removal of graffiti, pruning of shrubs, and painting of play equipment.

Free, just turn up.

Wednesday 8th May,10am - 4pm (Garden tours at midday and 2pm)

Volunteer gardening and garden tours Golden Hill Community Garden

Monk Road, BS7 8NE (behind Bishop Road School and Horfield Prison)

Love gardening? Then join the team of local volunteers for part (or all) of their weekly gardening session. Garden tours also on offer today will explain the history of the garden and the work done to turn it from a derelict bog to a productive and beautiful space.

Free, just turn up.

Wednesday 8th May, 10.30am

Volunteer litterpick

Meet at St Bonaventure’s Church Car Park, Egerton Road, Bishopston, BS7 8HP

Join local street champion John O’Neil to litter-pick and help tidy up the area.

Free, just turn up.

Wednesday 8th May, 12 - 5pm

Library drop-in

Cheltenham Road Library, BS6 5QX

Pop in to meet your local council neighbourhood coordinator, get advice about any problems you are facing locally, and log any concerns you have.

Free, just turn up.

Wednesday 8th May, 3.30 - 5.30pm

Children’s Craft Activity – “Why We Love Bishopston”

Horfield Baptist Church, 279 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, BS7 8NY

Inspired by the Gloucester Road, St Andrews Park and Horfield Common

Come and enjoy getting crafty! Produce a picture/collage that will be part of a big montage that will creatively display ‘Why you love Bishopston’. The completed, artistic board will be on show in the church until the end of the week.

Delicious refreshments will be available.

Free, just turn up. All materials provided. No unaccompanied children please.

Wednesday 8th May, 8.15 - 9.15pm

Music Taster Session: Band 1 Steel Pan Band

Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT

An opportunity to try your hand at playing steel drums.

Free, but call or email to book your place (0117 919 8077, info@cotham.bristol.sch.uk)

Thursday 9th May, 9am - 1.30pm

Training course on hand removal of graffiti tags

Joining instructions will be sent to participants

Are you bothered by graffiti in your area?

Join a team of volunteers to learn how to safely and effectively remove

Free but places need be booked in advance –

Email BCR Street Scene Group

kew@zoo.co.uk

Thursday 9th May, 2.30pm

Children’s storytime

Redland Library, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2PY

The regular storytelling slot for pre-schooler children.

Free, just turn up

Thursday 9th May, 4.30-5.30pm

Tennis taster sessions

Kings Lawn Tennis Club, Maplemead, Bishopston BS7 8JG

Come and try your hand at tennis! For all ages and abilities

Free, just turn up

Thursday 9th May, 6.15pm-10pm

Foraging expedition and cookery demonstration

102 Cookery School, 102 Gloucester Road, BS7 8BN

(Foraging expedition in Ashton Court –transport not provided)

Take part in a wild food foraging expedition with expert Toby Gritten, then see a demonstration of how to cook the food you have sourced.

Festival special just £25 (RRP £95).

Email or call 102 Cookery School to book, mentioning the community festival

(0117 244 0047, admin@102cookeryschool.co.uk)

Friday 10th May, 2 - 5pm

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Redland Green, BS6 7EH

(bowling pavilion if it rains)

Bring a picnic, meet friends, try your hand at bowling, and enjoy the free entertainment.

Free, just turn up (nominal charge for bowling taster sessions)

Friday 10th May, 7.30 - 8.30pm

Wellbeing workshop: Sound Relaxation and Meditation with Gongs and Singing Bowls

Redland Club, Burlington Road, Redland, BS6 6TN (just off Whiteladies Road)

An hour of total relaxation, immersed in the cosmic sound of gongs and singing bowls.

Donations welcome. No booking required. Please bring a yoga/camping mat or sleeping bag and blanket.

Saturday 11th May, 9.30am-midday

Redland Club Open Day Redland Club, Burlington Road, Redland, BS6 6TN (just

off Whiteladies Road) Free, just turn up

Come and try a free 30-minute taster session of:

Tango Argentino (9.30 - 10am);

Latin Solo Dance (10.10 - 10.40am);

Yoga (10.50 - 11.20am); or

Sound Relaxation and Meditation (11.30am – midday).

Saturday 11th May, 12.30 - 5.30pm

(café open for lunch from midday)

Super Forum public meeting

Horfield Baptist Church, 279 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, BS7 8NY

Come along to discuss how residents and local traders can respond to the challenges facing our high streets; hear the Mayor speak about the role of communities and neighbourhoods; and debate the priorities for our neighbourhood partnership area.

Free, just turn up

Saturday 11th May, 10.30am - 4pm

Neighbourhood Police & Neighbourhood Watch

Outside No 281 Gloucester Road (next door to Horfield Baptist Church)

Meet your local police force and find out about local neighbourhood watch schemes.

Free, just turn up

Saturday 11th May, 10.30am - 4pm

Travelwest Roadshow Outside No 281 Gloucester Road (next door to Horfield Baptist Church)

Local travel advice and information about walking, cycling and public transport. Free taster

tickets and information on borrowing loan bikes, including electric bikes. Also, Dr Bike will provide free bike checks and minor repairs.

Free, just turn up

Saturday 11th May, 11am & 12.15am

Singing on the Gloucester Road 11am Outside on the Promenade, Gloucester Road (near

Zetland Road junction)

12.15 – outside Horfield Baptist Church (Super Forum venue)

Enjoy fabulous choral singing in the open air from. Redland Green Community Chorus

Free, just turn up

Saturday 11th May, 1 - 4pm

Golden Hill Community Garden Spring Fair

Golden Hill Community Garden, Monk Road, BS7 8NE(behind Bishop

Road School and Horfield Prison)

All sorts of live music and morris dancing, plants for sale, delicious refreshments and cakes. Bring any blunt secateurs and tools along and learn how to sharpen them. Also lots of free kids activities including badge making, pond dipping, art fun, games and face painting! Wheelchair accessible including the loo.

Monday 13th May, 7 - 8pm

Music Taster Session: Sweet Liberation Choir

Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT

An opportunity to try singing in a choir.

Free, but call or email to book your place (0117 919 8077, info@cotham.bristol.sch.uk)

Monday 13th May, evening

(timing dependent on participant experience)

Music Taster Session: Javanese Gamelan

Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT

A unique opportunity to try your hand at gamelan music, traditionally from Indonesia.

Nominal fee (no more than £5). Ring 0117 942 3840 for further information and to book.

Tuesday 14th May, 7 - 9pm

Bishopston Forum – Local Policing Issues

The Memorial Stadium, Filton Avenue, BS7 0BF

Come along to discuss local policing issues and meet the new Police & Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.

Free, just turn up. All welcome from Bishopston Cotham & Redland

Throughout the week

Gloucester Road promotions

Gloucester Road, Arches to Ashley Down Road

Several local traders along the Gloucester Road will be offering promotions and discounts throughout the festival week

Look out for promotional posters in trader windows, and mention the “Our Neighbourhood” Community Festival to qualify.