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Join the Ashley Community Meeting

On 21st June, the first Ashley Community Meeting will be held at St Pauls Learning Centre, from 6.30 – 8.30 pm. This event is a wonderful opportunity to engage and connect with your local community. The meeting aims to bring together all the different conversations, contacts, events, services and issues within the areas of St Pauls, St Werburghs, Montpelier and St Andrews, which together form the Ward of Ashley. It

Help Vocalise support Ashley Ward through our Crowdfunder!

We are raising money for Vocalise and our community projects. Get involved – we need your help! Please donate even just a pound, as it will all help us! If we get 40 backers, we will be able to access a match-funding pot from Bristol Green Capital. We think the campaign is really good, and your support will enable it to happen. Amongst the projects are a tree planting initiative

Calling all artists in Bristol – The DA Network needs you!

A Diverse Artist Network Agency has now been established in Bristol. The focus will primarily be on the wellbeing of artists. The network aims to connect and engage collaboration between artists of the city. Bristol is renowned as an eclectic, culturally diverse and musical city, full of artistic talent from all walks of life. Officially, 92 languages are spoken in Bristol – a huge amount. This is apt, as Bristol

Help decide the future of the Malcolm X Centre

The Malcolm X Centre has been, and continues to be, a focal point for the black communities of Bristol, in particular the Black African-Caribbean community. They were the catalyst for the rise of the Centre, following the St. Paul’s riots in 1980. This resulted in the iconic centre, named after the legendary race-activist Malcolm X. Since the birth of the Centre, it has over the years served not only the

St George's leads search for Parishioners of the past

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

Europe's biggest vegan festival returns in May

Vegfest UK, Europe’s biggest vegan festival now in its 15th year, returns to Bristol’s Harbourside on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May. The event combines vegan food and information during the day, with headline music in the evenings. The show runs over the weekend of May 20th and 21st in the Bristol Harbourside. The daytime part of the show features around 180 stalls spread across 3 big marquees and outdoors

St Paul's Carnival

Organisers of the St Paul’s Carnival have confirmed that it will not be taking place again this year, for the third year running. For the third year running, the event has been pulled from going ahead, due to problems of lack of funds and poor organisation. Bristol City Council and the Arts Council made the decision to cease providing funds, citing a lack of confidence in the company which organises

St Pauls coolest place to live UK

The Times recently voted St Pauls as one of the ‘coolest places to live in the UK’. This comes after Rough Guides recommended Bristol as one of the 10 cities in the world to visit in 2017. Significantly, last week, the ‘Sunday Times Best Places Live’ guide voted Bristol as the best city in the UK. The Sunday Times described Bristol as “cool, classy and supremely creative”. Bristol is “a

Dove Street Housing Development Remains Derelict

The area of derelict land on Dove Street in the St Pauls area has been left vacant for over fifteen years, despite being owned by a housing provider. The land is owned by ‘Places for People’, which describes itself as ‘one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK’. Simon Nicolas, who is managing the project, noted that Places for People “are hopeful they

Celebrating Diversity in the Community

The Malcom X Centre in Bristol is holding an event to celebrate diversity in the community of St Pauls. The day is funded by the Big Lottery and Platforma, and seeks to encourage ‘intergenerational and intercultural sharing’. The event will feature stories, songs and games that are important to a variety of cultures in the community. The aim of the day is to allow visitors to learn from each other and