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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