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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

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

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,