Dear Friend of Horfield Common,
Please see below for the latest news and updates about all things Horfield Common.
Our committee is made up of a small group of motivated and enthusiastic local residents & we always welcome new members.
If you would like to get more involved in the work the Friends’ are doing to ensure that Horfield Common is a wonderful public space which can be enjoyed by all members of the community – please do get in touch.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 16th November at 7pm.
Please do get in touch if you would like any more information,
Friends of Horfield Common’s Committee
1. Horfield Common Halloween Party – this Saturday at the Café on the Common
Join us for the Horfield Common 2016 Halloween Party at the Café on the Common this Saturday 29th October 4-6pm – for more information, and to download a copy of the poster for the event: http://bit.ly/2eAYTpU
2. The Café on the Common – Winter Closing
The Café on the Common will be closing for the winter from Monday 31st October. Thank you very much to all who have supported this wonderful new community business and facility through the last 2 seasons.
It has been fantastic to see this previously disused and derelict space being used and enjoyed by local people. Sara & the team will be back in Spring 2017 & look forward to seeing you! For more information see: http://bit.ly/22oEkAa
3. Horfield Common Accessible Pathway Project – PLEASE VOTE FOR US!
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for funding of up to £12,000 to pay for a new pathway to be installed across the common in response to requests from a wide range of park users over the last 5+ years. For more information about the project, and full details of the different options depending on the outcome of the public vote, please see: http://bit.ly/2eHUe3F
Please vote for this project in-store at Tesco Golden Hill between 31 October – 13 November 2016 - and ask all of your friends & neighbours to do the same!
We have already secured £8,000 towards the costs of the new path by being shortlisted, but if we win the most ‘little green tokens (votes!)’ we could win up to £12,000 which will enable us to plant new trees and install new seating along the path too!
4. Horfield Common Wildlife Plan
We are delighted to have recently agreed the (almost!) final version of the Horfield Common Wildlife plan; this will mean that from January 2017 management of Horfield Common will change to support increased wildlife and biodiversity through a new partnership between FOHC and BCC Parks, with the support of Avon Wildlife Trust.
For more information about the details of the plan, see here. Thank you to all who have fed their ideas, time and energy into this project – it is a fantastic outcome for the common.
From January 2017, we will be hosting a monthly work-party for local volunteers to support improvements to the common which will enable the wildlife plan to go ahead; this will include tasks such as clearing away grass cuttings from the new wildlife garden area to enable native species to re-establish, clearing out & maintaining the pond to enable it to thrive, litter picking from the new areas of longer grass to ensure that these don't become litter traps, installing bird and bat boxes and making hedgehog homes.
We will be working with a range of wildlife and environmental organisations to design, plan and deliver the work party sessions. If you would like to get involved – please let us know; more information will be available early in the new year.
5. Horfield Common Tree PlanWe are thrilled to have now added the final Horfield Common Tree Plan map to our website here. This map shows the wonderful local people, businesses, families and organisations who sponsored our lovely new trees. We are meeting with BCC's new tree officer next week to agree a time/date for the 3 standard trees which have not survived to be replaced & also to chat maintenance, replacing some of the big trees which have been cut down recently & how volunteers can contribute to/look after & support improvements to the new trees & hedgerows on the common so that they continue to thrive. We will let you know more when we do!
In the meantime - please do have a look at the fantastic Horfield Common Tree Plan map created by brilliant FOHC volunteer, Arny & do say thank you very much to the wonderful people & fabulous local businesses who sponsored the trees. Joe's Bakery are proudly displaying the map of their trees’ location in the front window of the bakery - Horders, Room 212, Animal Health Centre, the Way Design, Glos Road Traders, Bishopston Matters, our local neighbourhood partnerships & many more also contributed to this brilliant common-wide project. This is also notable as the first project that we have been able to deliver across the 3 ward boundaries so is an achievement which we are very proud of. Thank you, too to all of our incredible volunteers who have worked so hard to make this project such a great success.
6. South West in Bloom – It’s Your Neighbourhood: Horfield Common wins ‘Outstanding!'
On Friday evening at a ceremony in Bristol, FOHC volunteers were awarded an ‘Outstanding’ certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society for our work improving what 2 years ago was a derelict yard, and has now been transformed in to a welcoming, colourful and vibrant asset for the community - the Café on the Common! The It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme is for volunteer-led community gardening projects/groups which focused on cleaning up and greening up their local area, whether that is the estate where they live or the back alley they share or the local community centre’s outdoor space.
FOHC Vice-Chair, Fiona has led the transformation of the space with planting which is still blooming with colour this late in the year. The flowers, planters and planting in and around the Café area are being enjoyed by hundreds of people every week & we are absolutely thrilled that this work has been recognised. Well done, Fiona & all of our volunteers – including Ashlea, Mark, Martin, Lindsay – who are working hard to improve the Ardagh & gardens inside and outside of the café area for everyone’s enjoyment. Thank you very much all – and a big round of applause!
We are waiting to hear the outcome of our assessment for the Pride in Parks award, which we expect to find out later in the year. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll retain the 5 Stars ‘Best Park’ accolade which was a wonderful acknowledgement of all of the work that volunteers are doing to support enhancements and improvements to the common. As soon as we have any news – we’ll let you know!
7. Project Ardagh - update & call for new Trustees/Supporters
Horfield Common CIC’s work is continuing at a pace to complete the Community Asset Transfer process which will enable this newly formed community business to manage the Ardagh site on a day to day basis through a lease from Bristol City Council.
Project Manager, Rob and a core group of local volunteers representing a wide range of interest groups are currently working with Masters of Architecture students from UWE to develop plans for the site which will enable it to meet the needs of as wide a range of users groups as possible, as well as enabling the site to be sustainable in every sense – environmentally, socially, financially and for the community.
We are looking forward to hearing more from the Project team in the new year, when they will be organising a public meeting at the Ardagh to present and discuss the developing plans for the future & continue to support this exciting and extremely complex project.
The project team are now looking for additional volunteers & local residents with specific skills and experience in:
You can contribute to the project by becoming a Trustee or support the current board by leading specific pieces of work in your area of expertise.
If you’d like to get involved & can commit to support the project for a minimum of 6 months – please get in touch with Rob - Project Ardagh Coordinator via Rob@theardagh.com
You can keep up to date with Project Ardagh via the website www.theardagh.com and follow Horfield Common Community Interest Company’s progress on Twitter @TheArdagh
9. Local news and info
i. The Lord Mayor’s 800 Anniversary CelebrationFOHC committee members Fiona & Rosalind had a fantastic afternoon at the Lord Mayors Mansion on 15th October when they joined volunteers from across the city to enjoy tea and cakes in the gardens of the Mansion, and to celebrate the opening of a new garden sculpture celebrating 800 years of Mayors in Bristol.
To mark the event, jointly with Bristol’s Guild of Guardians, a very special piece of wrought iron garden furniture was commissioned for the Mansion House Rose Garden.
Fiona & Rosalind were invited as guests by Bishopston Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership as a thank you & recognition of their work to support improved outcomes for the community in this area.
ii. Planning application for new Car Wash and installation of office building and signage in Tesco Car Park next to the traffic lights on Kellaway AvenueWe have recently received information from a local resident about a new planning application for a car wash business and associated office building and signage on an area of Tesco’s existing car park adjacent to the traffic lights on Kellaway Avenue/Lime Trees Road opposite the children’s play area near the Ardagh.
You can view the applications & submit any comments here:
3. Support Golden Hill Sports – vote to help them win £25, 000 to make improvements to their pavilion building!
Our friends over Kellaway Avenue at Golden Hill Sports have been nominated for the Aviva Community Fund.
The £25,000 award will enable them to repair their clubhouse balcony which has fallen into disrepair and is now unfit for use. You can find out more about the project & how to vote for them here: http://www.goldenhillsports.com/help-golden-hill-sports-secure-25k/
This is an incredibly competitive fund & in a climate where funding for community projects is increasingly hard to secure – every vote will make a difference. It takes 2 minutes to sign up & then you can cast 10 votes; you can spread them around a range of nominated projects, but 10 can be used to support just Golden Hill Sports. Please do sign up & give them your votes!
4. Join Gloucester Road Central for their annual Xmas Party on 1st December from 5.30-8.30pmWe will be resting our Carols on the Common event this year as all our volunteers are working to capacity to support Project Ardagh to completion. Whilst we’ll be sorry not to be hosting our own xmas knees-up, we’ll be out & about enjoying lots of other local Christmas celebrations. Gloucester Road Central’s Xmas Party is sure to be great fun; do go along & support these great local traders. Gloucester Road Central Traders group, along with lots of the individual businesses sponsored trees planted as part of the Horfield Common Tree Planting Plan. We can’t wait to see what will be on offer as part of this great event to kick off the festive season.
Keep up to date with plans for the Xmas Party at: http://glosrdcentral.co.uk/index.php
9. Make a donation to support FoHC’s work
FOHC is a community parks group run and managed by volunteers. All of our activities are funded by donations or by grants secured by volunteers to support enhancements to the common, and the facilities available on the common and at the Ardagh for the benefit of all who use and enjoy them.
If you would like to make a donation to support our work, you can do this through our website here; if you would like to get involved in fundraising for FOHC – please do get in touch – we will be very pleased to hear from you!
10. FoHC – Come and join us!
FOHC’s committee is made up of enthusiastic, local people who are committed to supporting our aims. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 16th November at 7pm. If you would like to get involved & join us – please come along – you will be made very welcome!
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Dear Friends of Horfield Common,
We are gearing up for another busy Summer on Horfield Common & have just confirmed a series of dates for our events and activities this year. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved in projects happening on the common - we always welcome new volunteers & if you are interested in finding out more - please do get in touch.
In the meantime, please see below for updates on a range of the projects that FOHC are currently working on - we look forward to seeing you at some of the events and activities taking place over the next few months.
1. Horfield Common Tree Planting Plan
Planting new hedgerows in Wellington Hill Playing Field - Thursday 26th March 2015
On Thursday this week (26th March), Treepips (now part of the 'One tree per child' initiative) will be planting the new and enhanced hedgerow in Wellington Hill Playing Field. If you are free and would like to help - please see the information here & get in touch with Helen at Treepips to let her know you are able to volunteer.
Thank you very much to all of the volunteers who came along to the scrub clearing sessions in Jan & Feb to prepare the area for planting.
For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, a lovely short film was made about the planting that took place on the common in National Tree Week, just prior to Xmas. You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1eVOx-L-1s
Thank you to everyone who helped to raise funding for the Horfield Common Tree Plan project. With those going in on Thursday, we will have planted more than 550 new trees on Horfield Common since November. The impact of this on wildlife in the area, as well as for the local and wider community will be significant - we're looking forwards to enjoying watching them grow and thrive over the coming years.
All of the plaques are now out on the trees with information about local businesses and families who have sponsored them. Please do mention the tree sponsorship to any local businesses you use - the support from our local traders has been incredible & we are keen to thank them!
2. Launch of the new Horfield Common Walk/Run Routes - Saturday 9th May 2015
We are delighted to announce that we will be launching the new Horfield Common Walk/Run routes on Saturday 9th May 2015 as part of the Bishopston, Cotham & Redland Neighbourhood Partnership 'Our Neighbourhood' Festival.
Please come along and join us from 9am when we will be launching the walks.
There are 500m, 1km & 5km routes available & we are keen to encourage as many people as possible to come along and join in. If you would like to get involved & support us by fundraising - please download a copy of the sponsorship form here:http://bit.ly/1CVsz82
If you are a member of, or involved in running another local group & would like to join us to fundraise for your activities - please get in touch. The Ardagh Toddlers will be joining us on the walk fundraising for new toys & we are keen to support any other local community groups who would also like to use the event as a fundraiser. Do get in touch of you are interested.
Equally - you can just come along and enjoy a stroll or a run - we look forward to seeing you there!
3. The Café on the Common - Preparations and Launch Date
We are delighted to be able to advise that we have now agreed an initial short-term lease with Bristol City Council which will enable us to begin to transform the Ardagh site & move another step closer towards our ambition to take day to day management of the site over under a community asset transfer agreement. We are currently working hard to transform what was previously the external goods yard at the Ardagh in to a Community Cafe which will - if all goes to plan - open at the Ardagh from early May. As long as all goes to plan, we will also be celebrating the launch of a new community cafe on the common on the morning of Saturday 9th May!
Opening the Cafe on the Common will also enable us to reopen the pitch and putt course inside the Ardagh site, and also to loan out tennis equipment. Additionally, we hope that having a permanent presence on site will enable us to begin to develop a new programme of activities for local people of all ages. We'll be in touch with more information nearer the date but would love for you to come and celebrate this long-awaited facility at the Ardagh with us - we are planning for an official launch on 9th at 10.15am, following the sponsored walk/run event.
For the community cafe, we would be very happy to accept donations of any excess outdoor furniture (including picnic benches) if anyone local has any that are surplus to requirements (!) and we are currently waiting to receive the final costs for installation of new electricity & water supplies to the yard to enable the project to happen. This is what we will be fundraising for at the sponsored walk, but other donations are very welcome & if you would like to support this project - please do make a donation here: http://friendsofhorfieldcommon.weebly.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html all contributions will be highly valued - thank you.
For information, the cafe on the common is a non-profit making social enterprise with all profits going back in to support improvements to Horfield Common and the Ardagh.
Please do come along and support the cafe & find out more about how you can get involved in the many projects we are running which aim to support increased community involvement and activity on the common.
We'll keep you up to date with the next stages in Project Ardagh but are delighted to report that we are now making good progress on this & expect to be able to announce further improvements and progress in the next few months.
4. Annual Summer Picnic 2015
We have now confirmed the date for our annual Summer Picnic 2015. This will be taking place on June 28th so please get this date into your calendars - we'll have more information available soon.
5. Festival of Nature Event on Horfield Common 2015
Following such a successful first Family Fun Day on the Common as part of Bristol's Festival of Nature last year, we are thrilled to be taking part in this again in 2015. Our Horfield Common event will be taking place on Saturday 12th September & we'll have more information available shortly about the event. By that date, we should have our new pond dipping platform in place - funding for this from BCR NP has just been confirmed & it will be fantastic to see this installed so that the pond can be more easily accessed & used for wildlife education activities by local young people's groups too.
6. Horfield Common Edible Garden Project
The fantastic Horfield Common Edible Garden project is going from strength to strength at the Ardagh & will be part of the citywide 'Get Growing' trail on 6th/7th June 2015. Please do come along and find out more about what is being planted, what is being planned and how to get involved.
New volunteers are always welcome & this is a brilliant, friendly group. We can't wait to see the produce beginning to emerge over the next few months. Working party dates have been set for the rest of the year - you can view them on the main FOHC website here
The group has been very successful at achieving funding for new plants & storage and basic hand tools. If you have any spare tools you'd like to donate, please do get in touch & if you'd like to have a go at growing edible plants - come along and get involved!
7. The History of Horfield Common Project
Thank you to all who came along to our 'Memories of Horfield Common' event at the Ardagh last week. More than 40 local (and not so local!) residents came along to the Ardagh on Monday 16th March for the 'Memories of Horfield Common' event which was jointly hosted by Friends of Horfield Common and English Heritage as part of the 'History of Horfield Common' project we have been working on since the start of the year.
Current local residents were joined by visitors who used to live in the area who had travelled from areas including South Gloucestershire, Dorset and South Wales to take part. It was a fantastic event. There were photographs and maps for participants to look at which documented some of the changes that have taken place on the area and many participants brought photographs and documents with them which they were happy to contribute to the new social-history archive and historical map of the area that will be produced as an outcome of the project. Those attending were each able to contribute rich stories of their memories of living in the area - many had grown up in the Horfield Common area and were able to recount amazing stories of particular public events - e.g seeing bombers flying over the common and down the length of Thornleigh Road, for example or being taken to see the King and Queen who were visiting to inspect the troops stationed in the Barracks which stood at the top end of the common; other memories included the sounds of the crowds outside houses near Bishop Road when the final hanging took place at Horfield Prison in 1963 and others were much more individual - memories of playing on Horfield Common, of the allotments that used to cover large areas of the common and of socialising with friends and family in the local area.
The new History of Horfield Common resource will be available to view at FOHC's Summer Picnic which is taking place this year on Saturday 28th June, and we hope that this will then become a project which we can add to ongoing. If you, or anyone you know would like to contribute to it (this could be in the form of an interview, or sharing photographs or writing down your memories) we would welcome your contribution - please do get in touch.
8. Bristol Parkhive - Photos of Bristol's Parks and Green Spaces by people who use them!
Bristol Parkhive is a fantastic project being run by Bristol Parks Forum in partnership with all of it's members across Bristol to celebrate Parks and Green Spaces in the city in Bristol European Green Capital Year 2015. You can find out more about the project here: http://bristolparkhive.tumblr.com/
Please do take part by taking photos of any of your visits to Bristol's Parks and Green Spaces, and adding these to the crowdsourced photo archive being created by the project. You can upload images via facebook, twitter and by e-mail, and you can print & display the Parkhive Project poster and share the project with friends in Bristol (& beyond if they'll be visiting in 2015).
It will be great to see a strong showing for Horfield Common including Wellington Hill Playong Field in the archive, as well as other parks and green spaces citywide, and is a lovely activity that people of all ages and abilities can take part in.
9. Horfield Common Wildlife Recording Project
Are you interested in Wildlife recording & would you like to get involved in helping FOHC to build a dataset which can help us to understand the impact of our work for wildlife and biodiversity in the area? We would like to bring together a small team of volunteers who can begin to develop this project - with some training provided by experts from the Festival of Nature's team. If you are interested in getting involved in this project - please let us know?
10. Horfield Common Tree Trail
Now that the tree plan has been completed, we will be creating tree and wildlife trails across the common providing interesting activities for local people and families. Again - if you would like to get involved in this project and have some time you can contribute to developing this work - please get in touch & we will begin to organise how we take them forwards.
11. Ardagh Toddlers Table Top Sale and Fundraiser - Saturday 18th April 2015
Ardagh Toddlers are holding a Table-Top Sale & fundraiser at the Ardagh on Saturday 18th April from 10.00am - 12.00pm. Please do come along and join them. Tables are available & if you'd like to book one - please get in touch with Ali for more info.
13. Ashley Down Community Choir will be holding their Spring Concert at the Ardagh on Wednesday 26th March from 8-10pm. Please do come along and support this fantastic local group - entry is free & all are welcome! See here for more information:http://www.gurtlushchoir.com/blog.php?/archives/167-Ashley-Down-Community-Choir-Spring-concert.html
14. Volunteering opportunities:
Saturday 18th April 2015 - Physical Work & Building
Practical work at the yard - to support the cafe we need some volunteers to help us with getting things set up on the morning of Saturday 18th April. If you are able to help & happy to donate a couple of hours of your time - please let us know?
We plan to use the time to build planters using pallette wood, create a couple of new seating areas and complete some other physical tasks - if you are happy to help out & can come along on 18th April 2015 - you will be welcome! Please get in touch.
Saturday 9th May 2015 - Stewarding
Stewards for the Walk/Run routes launch event needed from 8.30am - 10.30am Saturday 9th May 2015. If you'd be happy to help out - please get in touch!
Ongoing - Dog Walkers
Dog Walkers - if you are a dog walker & use the common daily or several times a week, please consider joining our team of volunteers who replenish the dog bags at various sites around the common. There is no requirement other than to top these up when you do your usual walk & we will supply the bags. Please get in touch if you'd be happy to join the group of current volunteers on this project. This is a way you can volunteer with very little time commitment but make a huge difference to the quality of the common.
As always - if you have any questions about the info included above, or would like to get involved in any of our projects - please do get in touch.
Very Best Wishes,
Friends of Horfield Common
Dear Friend of Horfield Common.
We are delighted to be able to let you know about the events and activities that are coming up on Horfield Common over the next few months, and to update you on progress on a number of projects that we have been working on recently.
1. Horfield Common Tree Planting Plan – Thank you!
2. Wellington Hill Playing Field Scrub Clearance – Volunteeers Needed!
3. Horfield Common Edible Garden Launch Event – All Welcome!
4. Horfield Common Outdoor Play Project 2015 – Crowdfunding/Fundraising Campaign – Please support this & spread the word!
5. Bristol’s Green Volunteer of the Year Awards 2015 – Well Done!
6. FOHC will be at Gloucester Road Central’s Christmas Party – December 4th
7. Winter Wonderland and 'Pop-Up' Cafe at the Ardagh this December - Sat/Suns from 29th Nov
1. Horfield Common Tree Planting Plan
Thank you very much to everyone who has supported our fundraising campaign for the Horfield Common Tree Plan, and to all of the volunteers who have contributed their time, energy and enthusiasm over the last 2 years to developing and delivering this wonderful outcome.
In National Tree Week 2014, 257 new trees will be planted on Horfield Common as a result of this work, which is fantastic. 57 of the trees will be standards (approx. 3-4m tall) and each of these has been sponsored by local businesses, the local Neighbourhood Partnerships and individual donations to Friends of Horfield Common, as well as local families, many of whom have chosen to dedicate a tree on the common as a living memorial for a loved one. Thank you very much to you all.
An additional 400 new trees will be planted as ‘whips’ (very small tree seedlings) to form a new hedge in Wellington Hill Playing Field, 200 in December 2014, and a further 200 to enhance the existing hedgerow following scrub clearance work by FOHC volunteers in February 2015.
Local primary school children will be planting the ‘whips’ with Tree Bristol officers, and volunteers are welcome to support this activity. If you would like to get involved & help out with this tree planting – please get in touch & we will let you have more details and information.
Families and local businesses who have sponsored the standard trees will be planting them between 3rd-8th December, so please do keep an eye out for these on the common & please do thank those local businesses who have supported us when you have a chance to!We will be circulating a full list & a HUGE THANK YOU to all as soon as the planting has taken place.
2. Scrub Clearance in Wellington Hill Playing Field
We have been liaising with Tree Bristol to plan the work that FOHC volunteers can do to clear scrub so that Tree Bristol are able to enhance the existing hedge in Wellington Hill Playing Field with new planting as part of the Horfield Common Tree Planting plan. For more detailed information about what we will be doing, and why – please see here
Volunteers began this work with a practical working party on Saturday 25th October, but this is a very big job and we are planning a further 4 sessions in January to complete it AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please do come join one or more of our volunteer working parties in Wellington Hill Playing Field in Jan 2015, if you are able to. They will be taking place on 10, 17, 24 and 31st January from 10am-1pm. More information about the events is available here
Please do come along and lend us your support for this. We need lots of pairs of hands & some people with a bit of strength to help clear what is a significant amount of scrub, as well as the litter that has accumulated in the hedgerow over a number of years. This is a way that local people can get involved in the work that is taking place on the common to improve wildlife and biodiversity – we would welcome your support with this. Please do also forward on to any local groups or others you think may be able to help us with this. Thank you!
3. Horfield Common Edible Garden Project Launch
We have secured funding to create Horfield Common’s very own Edible Garden – Inside the Ardagh, which is fantastic!
Please come along to the Ardagh on Wednesday 19th November from 6-7pm to find out how you can get involved. We are really pleased to be able to welcome Sara Venn, Co-Founder of 'Edible Bristol' who will talk us through examples of some of the inspiring and exciting community-led work that is happening all over Bristol to transform planting spaces into edible landscapes. Sara has been working with FOHC volunteers to develop this project & we are really proud to be partnering with edible Bristol to both develop it, and to learn from the work that they have done to date.
We are recruiting new volunteers who would like to get involved & make it happen! You don’t need any previous experience or knowledge – just enthusiasm and an interest in seeing what is possible!
For more information about the launch event, see here
ALL WELCOME! Look forward to seeing you there!
4. APE Project – Crowdfunding campaign for the Horfield Common outdoor play project 2015
This week we are launching a Crowdfunding Campaign to Bring The APE Project back to Horfield Common!
Last year, the APE Project delivered free weekly two-hour Stay & Play sessions during term time aimed at 8 - 13 year olds on Horfield Common - although any children of school age were welcome and all positively engaged! Children were free to choose their activities and could drop in to play as they pleased.
This was incredibly successful and feedback from local families about this provision was amazing, so we want to fund the APE project to return to Horfield Common to provide this outdoor play opportunity for local children and young people. In our first foray into crowdfunding, we are aiming to raise enough to enable APE project to work with local children on Horfield Common throughout 2015.
Supporters can pledge any sum to support the project, or can choose to receive unique rewards in return for their support. For £20, for example, supporters will receive a unique artist-designed Horfield Common APE Project T-shirt celebrating the project, or for £100, as well as enabling the project to run, supporters can attend a special APE Project for grown-ups! (And get to experience the fun of this outdoor play provision for themselves at a special session designed specifically for those of us older than the usual age-range!) If 50 local families come along to the unique VIP day experience on offer - we will have done it. If 200 sponsor the project with £50.00 - their children will benefit from a whole year's worth of engaging outdoor and physical play activity - and have a lovely pic of them enjoying it to keep! We want to provide play opportunities that are social and available to all & we’re really hopeful that people will get behind this!
Last year, between 30-40 local young people were regularly attending the weekly APE Project sessions on Horfield Common & we are extremely keen to see them back for 2015! Please spread the word for us & help us to make this happen! Pledges will only be paid if we raise the full amount!
To find out more, and to support the project, click this link and pledge https://www.fundsurfer.com/project/ape-project-stay-and-play-sessions
5. Bristol’s Green Volunteer of the Year Awards 2015
This evening, FOHC volunteers are off to an awards ceremony at Paintworks which celebrates the contribution made by volunteers to supporting and improving Bristol’s wildlife and biodiversity.
Last year our Chair, Sam Thomson won the Green Voluntary Leader of the Year 2014 award, which was amazing recognition of the work being undertaken by volunteers across the common. As Sam said, “You can’t be a volunteer leader on your own! This award is lovely recognition of all of the work that volunteers are doing to make Horfield Common & the Ardagh as welcoming, accessible and available to as many different people as possible.”
Sam has been nominated again for the same award (is it possible that this could come home to Horfield Common again for 2015?) and has been joined by Colin Small from Ardagh Bowling and Sports Club who has been nominated for the Bristol Award in recognition of the work that he has been doing inside the Ardagh – keeping the gardens near to the pavilion in good condition and lovely for all of those who visit and enjoy them.
More information about the awards is available here: http://www.bnhc.org.uk/green-volunteers/ & we are sending all of our good luck and best wishes to Sam & Colin and the other nominees for this evening’s awards ceremony!
6. FOHC at Gloucester Road Central Christmas Party! Come and say “hello!”
We are delighted to have been invited to join the Gloucester Road Central Christmas celebrations on 4th December from 5.30 – 8.30pm and will be there to enjoy the celebrations and chat to people about the work that FOHC is doing on Horfield Common & how they can get involved and/or support the work we are doing. It’s brilliant to have been invited to take part in this & we’re getting our best Christmas Party gear ready for the evening – more info about the event is available here Please do come along and support the traders and come and find out more about FOHC’s work and plans for 2015!
7. Winter Wonderland and “Pop-Up”Café at the Ardagh this Christmas
This winter, the Ardagh Pavilion will be open every Saturday and Sunday between 10-3pm for visitors to view the unique and chraming 'Winter Wonderland' display set up by Ardagh Bowling Club's Colin Small.
More information is available here
Visitors last year were delighted to find this display hidden away in one of the back rooms at the Ardagh & families and groups came along to enjoy it together - it is suitable for all ages. Entry to the display is free, but there is a collection in support of Ardagh Toddlers if you would like to contribute. Following feedback from last year - we will also be opening the pavilion for tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and light snacks in the form of a 'pop-up' cafe on each of these dates. Pop in to see the display, have a cuppa with friends & read the papers - all are welcome.
We have been exploring the potential for a community-cafe at the Ardagh site for a number of years & are planning to use this 4 week 'pop-up' to test out how this might be viable in the short-term while we work towards a longer term plan for a sustainable future for the site. If successful - we are hoping to be able to open the building at the weekends from Easter 2015 & throughout the summer to provide a relaxed and welcoming community cafe which we can build on further as the plans for Project Ardagh progress.
This is a great opportunity for anyone who has heard about the Ardagh, but not had a chance to visit or to see inside the building to come along and have a look! FOHC volunteers be at the helm - pop in, support us by buying a mug of soup or a cup of tea, say hello & let us know what you think!
As always – if you would like any further information or details about any of the work that we are doing, please do get in touch.
Thank you for all of your ongoing support for FOHC – we look forward to seeing you at some of the events happening over the next couple of months,
Dear Friend of Horfield Common,
Please see below for the latest news and updates from FOHC.
1. Changes to FOHC’s terms of membership – Please respond to this
2. Bristol City Council’s Grounds Maintenance (Parks) consultation
3. Horfield Common Tree Plan Update
iv) Practical Working Party in Wellington Hill Playing Field to clear scrub – 25th October 2014
v) Tree Plan Fundraising Campaign
vi) Wildlife and Biodiversity Group
vii) Horfield Common Edible Garden Project
viii) Fundraising Internship
ix) Project Ardagh
x) Winter Wanderland – 7th February 2015
1. Changes to FOHC membership
At our most recent AGM, the committee agreed that our constitution would be amended so that membership of FOHC would become free.
This is to ensure that all who would like to are able to join, and also because we think that as Horfield Common is a public space, it is important that all people who would like to contribute their views about the way in which it is managed, improved and maintained are able to do so and having a free membership aligns more closely with this ethos.
However, we do need to maintain accurate records of our membership (funding applications, for example frequently ask how many members the group has), so will now ask members to confirm annually that they would like to continue to be a Friend of Horfield Common for the following year.
So, please can you complete the simple form at: http://bit.ly/1s3lA4l to confirm that you wish to remain a member for this year? It shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes and will help us to ensure that our records are as accurate as possible. You can remain on our mailing list to receive updates without joining as a member – if you’d like to do this – please let us know?
2. Bristol City Council Parks Maintenance Consultation
Bristol City Council’s Parks Department is currently running a consultation to ask Bristol residents how they would like to see Parks and Green Spaces in the city maintained and managed in the future. You may be aware that Parks do not attract statutory funding (ie Local Authorities do not have to provide funding to maintain them other than to ensure that they do not present health and/or safety risks), which means that maintenance budgets are under extreme pressure.
There is a lot of work taking place nationally by groups seeking to develop new ways of paying for the upkeep of parks and green spaces (see http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/11-projects-are-rethinking-parks; http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jun/26/uk-parks-crisis-budget-cuts-campaigners; http://theparksalliance.org/ for examples).
Bristol will be changing the way that it manages Parks and Green Spaces from February when the current contracts for Parks Maintenance come to an end. It has previously been our experience that certain parks and green spaces in the city have attracted considerably higher levels of resource in terms of maintenance/park-keepers etc than others. It is important – if we are to avoid going backwards in terms of the progress we have made recently - that Horfield Common is managed as one whole site, not as 3 separate ‘bits’ of green space, and we are keen to understand what the new regime will provide in terms of a minimum standard of maintenance. We will keep you updated about developments with this as we find out more.
3. Horfield Common Tree Plan
We are delighted that the Horfield Common Tree Planting Plan has now been formally approved by Bristol City Council so that we can begin planting new trees on the common this planting season (which runs from November – May).
You can view the final plan here: http://bit.ly/1wBn9ax, and read the comments and responses to input from the consultation period here: http://bit.ly/1xPH1I4, for information. Thank you to all who took part in this.
4. Practical Working Party in Wellington Hill Playing Field to clear scrub
To support delivery of the tree plan, we are planning a practical volunteering/working party in Wellington Hill Playing Field on Saturday 25th October from 10am. We have been working closely with Tree Bristol to plan this work, which will enable Tree Bristol to enhance the existing hedgerow with new planting of species that will support increasing wildlife and biodiversity. Further information about the work that we will be undertaking, and the reasons for it are available here: http://bit.ly/1v9C8Kx.
Please do come along and get involved if you are interested in helping out with practical work on the common. If you can, please bring hand tools (Pruners, Loppers, Heavy gloves and Arm and Leg protection) and wear sturdy shoes. There is a lot of work to do, and it may be that we need to have a few sessions to complete it all, but we will be starting with the 25th and hope to make good progress on the day.
There is some litter picking, and light scrub clearance which is suitable for children to undertake – so please do bring young people along if they are interested.
5. Tree Plan Fundraising Campaign
We launched a community fundraising campaign to pay for the new trees for the common at our Summer Picnic in August. The response from local families, residents and businesses has been fantastic. The below businesses are amongst those who have sponsored new trees – supporting improvements to the common for the benefit of all of us in the local community:
Animal Health Centre http://animalhealthcentre.org/
Bishopston Matters http://www.bishopstonmatters.co.uk/
Gloucestershire County Cricket Club http://www.gloscricket.co.uk/
Horders Electrical http://www.horders.co.uk
Rob Needs Roofing
Room 212 http://www.room212.co.uk/
The Way Design http://www.thewaydesign.co.uk/
Additionally, a number of local families have chosen to commemorate their loved ones with Memorial Trees on the common, which is wonderful. Individual residents have also sponsored trees, bought the limited edition T-Shirts designed by local Illustrator, and long-time FOHC supporter, Bett Norris and made individual donations through our website or in person.
We have also received funding support from Horfield & Lockleaze Neighbourhood Partnership – through both their Well-being and Green Capital funding streams which will pay for at least 10 trees to be planted; Henleaze, Westbury-on-Trym and Stoke Bishop Neighbourhood Partnership have supported us with funding which will sponsor at least 3 new trees, and our application to Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership is pending, but has been recommended and if successful will pay for at least another 10 trees to be planted which is fantastic.
At present, we are waiting to hear the outcome from our BCR NP application and another external application. If we are successful in those – we will be able to plant all 58 new trees this planting season which is an incredible achievement. We’ll let you know as soon as we do when we reach our target!
Thank you very much to all who have supported the fundraising campaign to date – it is very much appreciated!
6. Wildlife and Biodiversity Group
Our Wildlife and Biodiversity Group is putting together a work plan for the coming year. We are currently recruiting a volunteer co-ordinator for this group who will be able to help organise practical working parties, and support the group to plan effectively and fundraise for improvement work. There are a range of projects in progress including improving access to the pond, planting wildflower and ‘no-mow’ meadows on the common to improve habitats for wildlife and encourage biodiversity and the Horfield Common wildlife survey project. These are in addition to the tree planting plan and hedgerow enhancement in Wellington Hill Playing Field, so there is a lot happening!
If you would like to get involved and support the work of this group – please do get in touch.
7. ‘Horfield Common Edible Garden’ project
In November we will be launching the Horfield Common Edible Garden Project with a presentation at the Ardagh from Incredible Edible’s Sara Venn, who has been working with FOHC volunteers to develop plans for some of the planting beds inside the Ardagh.
If you are interested in growing food, and want to work with other like-minded local residents, but are not ready to take on an allotment or a full-time commitment – this project could be for you. We are recruiting a team of volunteers to work on this project, and are delighted to have the support of the Edible Bristol project which has inspired food growing in public and community spaces across the city over the last year – including a range of Parks and Green Spaces. See http://ediblebristol.org.uk/ for more information about this great project & come along to the event in November to find out more. More details available on the website soon!
8. Fundraising Internship
We have been incredibly lucky to have recent graduate, Anna-May working with us for 8 weeks through a UWE-funded internship scheme for voluntary organisations. Anna-May has done a fantastic job writing funding bids, promoting the tree plan and developing links with other groups across Bristol.
Anna-May is going to stay on as a volunteer with FOHC to lead the ‘Horfield Common Edible Garden’ project which is fantastic news for us. We will also be launching a crowdfunding campaign developed by Anna-May to bring APE Project CIC back to Horfield Common in 2015. The outdoor and adventure play activities that APE Project delivered last year were incredibly popular and well-attended (up to 40 families were attending every week) so we are really keen to get them back on to the common for the long term. More information will be available about this crowdfunding campaign as soon as we have finalised the Tree Planting Plan fundraising campaign at the end of October.
9. Project Ardagh
Thanks to all who attended the meeting in March at the Friends Meeting House. We have been working steadily behind the scenes to move the project forward and are now intending to undertake a series of visits to other local projects which have been through the Community Asset Transfer process to learn from them, and better understand the different ways that facilities and projects are being made sustainable. Sarah, our Secretary will be in touch directly with all those who expressed an interest in getting involved at the meeting in March, but if there are any other FOHC members who would like to join the team moving this project forward – please do get in touch.
10. Window Wanderland
We are really pleased to be taking part in a new project in February which aims to bring a little bit of cheer to the winter months! Winter Wanderland will take place from 5-8pm on Saturday 7 February 2015. The organisers are planning to turn Bishopston into a Wanderland by inviting any artists who live in the Bishopston Ward to create a window display in their own homes for one evening only.
Artists are invited to respond in any way they like (a show, performance, projection, set piece etc) bearing in mind that it is a family friendly event! We will be working with local artists to develop window displays at the Ardagh as part of this event and invite you to come along and enjoy the outcomes! More information will be available on the website nearer the date.
You can find out more about the project (and how to get involved if you would like to) at: http://windowwanderland.wordpress.com/
As always – if you would like any further information, please do get in touch.
Friends of Horfield Common