The Community Library in St Pauls, currently part of St Pauls Learning Centre on Grosvenor Road, is now in danger of closing. The Council have planned to close over half of Bristol’s libraries, part of a wider drive to cut costs because of Government austerity. Vocalise visited the library and spoke with the librarian there, who informed us that local people are reliant upon it both for using books and
The iconic St Paul’s Adventure Playground is set to undergo major refurbishments over the next couple of months and will be re-launched with an exciting new focus on children’s play, community arts, outdoor learning, and traditional crafts workshops. Local leaders in the field The APE Project were chosen by Bristol City Council to take over the Adventure Playground during their 10th anniversary year, as they celebrate a decade of success
Cycling charity Life Cycle UK is offering community groups and small businesses in Bristol the chance to apply for FREE cycle stands, thanks to funding from Bristol City Council. Why install cycle parking? Encourage employees and visitors to travel the healthy way by giving them safe cycle parking. Increase customer footfall whilst helping to reduce road congestion and pollution. Landlords can avoid bike-related wear-and-tear by installing the stands outside their
Bristol Disability Equality Forum is an independent group that is run by and for disabled people. We are based at St Paul’s Learning Centre on Grosvenor Road, but our members live all over the city. We are looking for disabled people to volunteer for a new project. The Peer Support Project aims to support people who need to go to disability benefit assessments by providing a volunteer to go too.
The Ashley Network is about coming together and making things happen. It is a valuable bi-monthly event for residents, emerging from the legacy of Imagine St Pauls. The aim is of the Network is primarily to facilitate spontaneous connections and conversations between groups and individuals. There is no specific agenda. Each week, it is hosted by a different group or organisation who may also provide the venue or alternatively work
St George’s Bristol, now one of Bristol’s forefront concert halls, has an interesting past. The venue on Great George Street was a church for over 160 years. It originally served as a ‘Chapel of Ease’ to the nearby, and long-since demolished, St Augustine-the-Less, but eventually became a parish church in its own right. This year, St George’s embarks on a new chapter in its story – foundations are already laid
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
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.
We are offering all new members of Vocalise magazine the chance to make membership referrals. For every three people you refer who become a member, you will receive one year’s membership for free. For every five people, we will pay you £6! Membership of Vocalise gives access to discounts with local businesses (10% or more), free attendance at workshops and events, plus further direct say on what the magazine covers and how
As a brand new community venture, we are looking for proactive people in Ashley Ward to get involved with the magazine and all the things surrounding it. Want to contribute content? Learn new skills in creative writing and journalism? Exhibit your artwork? Update the community noticeboards? Help out with deliveries? Become a director? If so, we want YOU!