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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

Funding available for positive mental health activities for children

One in ten children aged 5-16 have mental health problems.  Bristol City Council are working with the Community Access Support Service (CASS) to fight negativity around poor mental health. CASS is calling for community and volunteer groups to run emotional wellbeing activities for children to encourage better mental health. Bristol City Council are funding up to £1000 for groups to run the activities for children of a primary school age and

Residents Parking Scheme

A review of St Pauls residents’ parking scheme has commenced as part of the Mayor’s commitment to ensure schemes city-wide are working for their communities. Surveys are open to everyone and ask questions about operating hours, double yellow lines and different types of parking. Local businesses and organisations are encouraged to suggest initiatives that will support local retail and service centres. The survey can be found online at www.bristol.gov.uk/rps.

One Tree Per Child

Over the next 4 years the One Tree Per Child team aim to plant 6000 trees per year, working with primary school aged children in Bristol. This winter the community events programme will be planting trees in parks and green space across the city, including new woodlands, hedgerows, and individual trees. There will also be new trees planted in primary schools creating spaces for outdoor learning. The planting will begin again from November onwards, so for the time being the team have an exciting volunteer programme which

Carnival: 2017

We spoke to George Francis from St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival, who has some exciting news regarding the carnival: “St Pauls Carnival is up and running again thanks to an agreement between SPACC, the Carnival Commission, city officials, councillors, the Art council, and with support from the executive mayor Marvin Rees. More meetings are planned to encourage local residents, community groups and businesses for support.” “It’s fantastic news after two years with no carnival to be planning one for 2017 with the support of the city council, thanks to