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BME and Refugee Artists' Networking Events

The Women’s Community Forum is organising a series of 5 events bringing together Black and Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BLACK*) artists from across the UK in March/April 2017. The Forum is also in the process of collating a catalogue of BLACK* artists for inclusion in the re-designed The Women’s Community Forum website available end of March 2017. This online directory aims to strengthen the community of BLACK* artists by raising

Great Bristol Spring Clean

The Great Bristol Spring Clean is on 3-5 March. Bristol residents are invited to spend just an hour or two picking up litter, which can then be left in a designated place for Bristol Waste to collect it. The event is part of the Great British Spring Clean, and is a great opportunity to make a real difference to litter levels around the city. Schools, community groups and other organisations will

Free Arts Career Advice

If you want to work in the arts, but need some advice about how to improve your employable skills or kick-start your creative career, you can gain some free creative enterprise mentoring throughout March! PAPER Arts, a social enterprise that aims to empower young creatives to pursue a career in the arts, is offering a ‘Creative Advice Bureau’ to anyone aged 16-30, with one-to-one mentoring and tips from top industry

Local Artist: Aga

Aga is 29 years old and was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She has been living in Bristol for 8 years now. She works as a full time barista and does photography as a hobby in her free time. She has a bag full of little people and tries to create miniature worlds out of everyday items. Below is some of her work.                

An Ode To The Mask I Wore, By Kabbo Ferdinand

if ever there was a time in his/tory for god to arrive i beg, i grovel, i cry surely it must be now   i implore you, please! tell me her/story, i think to myself, that of the liberated being; not yet known   ye all gods, know ye not? a thought lives in my heart, in wonderment i look on at our state, wombman;me & U?   a voice

Inner Word – Too Dream, By Kabbo Ferdinand

in the word of a seeker on talking, speaking & attempting to evoke a sense of being-belonging in words expressed as emotion, feeling, thought i do attest to the wisdom that knowledge is utilised as a mean that whispers fear of scarcity to the logic of a ego it’s only purpose could be to remind me that of which i’m not? so as to remember, i am that i am

Trees felled in Ashley Ward despite preservation order

A row of mature trees has been felled in Ashley Ward, after planning permission was granted in the area, despite the existence of a tree preservation order (TPO). Bristol City council allowed PG developers to remove the 8 lime, 5 ash and 2 alder trees on Newfoundland Road to make way for off-street parking and 22 new flats. Rich Fisher, who ran as an independent candidate for Mayor in 2012,

Ashley Ward will notice the affects of the budget cuts in reduced action from Neighbourhood Partnership schemes.

The latest Forum, on 16th January, brought up issues related to crime, parking, and the forthcoming budget cuts to Bristol City Council. There is a £101m (up from £92m) budget gap due to reduced income from central  Government, and one thing that will experience a massive reduction is the Neighbourhood Partnership spending. Concerns were raised by attendees as to what would replace the neighbourhood forums, seen as providing a voice

Vocalise New Issue

The latest issue of Vocalise will be released February 15th. It will be delivered door to door across Ashley Ward. This issue will feature artwork by residents, book reviews, local news and words from councillors.

New social networking website for volunteers

A new social networking site designed to help Bristol-based volunteers provide ‘good old-fashioned community help’ has been established. Started by two Bristolian entrepreneurs, Simon Hills and Saf Nazeer, Helpfulpeeps.com aims to connect volunteers with charities, start-ups and individuals in need of a helping hand. It is trying to create a “money-free economy”, based on karma rather than currency. Their new office is in the Engine Shed, by Temple Meads, Bristol. The origin