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Celebrating Small Businesses in Bristol this Saturday

The fifth annual UK-wide Small Business Saturday is taking place this Saturday (2 December) and Bristol’s business community is showing its support with a range of events and activities. Small Business Saturday is all about acknowledging the contribution the small business sector makes to the economy, while encouraging everyone to support their local small businesses in the run-up to the day, on the day itself, and beyond. Bristol’s small business

Womankind Helpline volunteers needed

Womankind Helpline offers confidential listening support to women on any issue including depression, anxiety, domestic and sexual abuse. We are seeking volunteers for our next training course which will run over four weekends during February and March 2018 – the training and the Helpline are run from our offices in central Bristol. We offer: · High quality training programme · Experience of volunteering using listening skills · Support and supervision

Update from Imagine St Pauls project by Sustrans

Here is an update on the Imagine St Pauls project by Sustrans South West, scheduled up-coming developments are: · Sussex Place (13th – 17th November) – The large planters will be removed, bollards will be installed to stop parking on the kerb and pedestrian area, refuse facilities will be improve and additional cycle parking will be installed. · Rosa Parks Lane (20th – 28th November) – Thermoplastic images will be installed

Saving St Pauls Library

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

HELP SAVE ST PAUL’S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

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

FREE Cycle Parking for Community Groups and Businesses

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

Megawatt Community Energy Fund – Large and Small Grants

The new Megawatt Community Energy Fund has been set-up to use profit from Bristol Energy Cooperative’s business activity to encourage and support more community action on reducing the amount of carbon in our atmosphere, and/or making energy more affordable, e.g. through focused fuel poverty initiatives. Bristol Energy Cooperative is working with Quartet Community Foundation to administer this Fund. Opening Date: 1st August 2017 , 11:00 am Closing Date: 26th September 2017 ,

Police Helicopter Wakes Residents

The noise of a police helicopter and sirens woke up many Ashley Ward residents in the early hours of Friday morning on July 27th 2017. Jules Shakor, of City Road, wrote to Vocalise saying: “I was in the middle of the most beautiful dream when I heard this tremendous racket. It turned out to be some cop helicopter circling around the area, with sirens going back and forth. It sounded

Neighbourhood Planning Forum

St Pauls and Ashley Ward as a whole has no neighbourhood planning forum. Why is this important? Because currently residents have little or no say over developments and other things happening in their area – allowing private interests with no local connections to disregard the needs and wishes of local people to make maximum profit for themselves. A Neighbourhood Planning Forum would allow:- For the old St Pauls Neighbourhood Plan,