Redcliffe Voice - Issue One



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issue 01 | Autumn 2016

Local news for local people

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Welcome to

your newsletter!

Editor Liz Mytton introduces you

to news and views from the area

Overlooking redcliffe

from Cabot Tower


very warm welcome to the

first ever issue of Redcliffe

Voice, the community

newsletter for Redcliffe.

It’s my job to pull together a

range of stories and notices relevant to the

area, highlighting interesting opportunities

and introducing you to some of the

faces and facilities that make Redcliffe a

special place to live and work. And what

a fun job I have, meeting gardeners, pub

landlords, cooks and vicars! No two days

are the same for me and I hope you enjoy

reading as much as I’ve enjoyed writing.

I was inundated with ideas for this issue

and it was a tough call to choose what to

go in (with only four pages!) but it would

be really great to hear from you with any

local news stories or community activities

that you think are worthy of attention.

Get in touch by

emailing me at the

address below.


Did you


The spire of St Mary

Redcliffe Church, at 292

feet, makes it Bristol’s

tallest building

Redcliffe is named

after the red sandstone

cliffs that line the south

of the Floating Harbour

The Seven Stars

Ale House on

Thomas Lane is one

of Bristol’s oldest

pubs, dating back

to the early 1600’s

Green Fingered!

A growing community


he Redcliffe

Gardening Club,

based in Somerset

Square off Ship Lane, runs

every Thursday from 10am-

12noon. Set up in the summer

of 2015 by Growing Support,

the club seeks to develop

gardening skills in a friendly

and encouraging environment.

In the words of one member,

“I think the group is showing

the community what can be

achieved and is making people

smile. The group is really

proactive and we are proud

of what we have done.” And

so they should be, having

secured funding from Integral,

M & S, Forrest and the Hilton

Double Tree to fund a variety

of items from raised beds to

t-shirts, creating a wildlife

garden with insect friendly

plants, pruning shrubs and

trees and keeping the area tidy.

Five of our many achievements

Harvested courgettes,

tomatoes, plums, lettuce

and herbs

Involved children

in growing

Members of the team,

left to right: Marky,

Sam, Qi, Sam and Angela

Made and hung

bird feeders

Held 3 community


Laughed a lot!

Club Coordinator, Sam

Grief, is keen for others to

benefit from their success.

‘We’ll be holding an open

day in the square on the 1st

of October, between 10am-

1pm, with something for

everyone - demonstrations,

a chance to taste food and

practice some gardening skills.

All are welcome and we even

have adaptive tools for those

with disabilities. There’ll be

labels so people can see what

we’ve been growing and tips

on harvesting. We just want

people to chat with us and

even if they don’t want to get

involved in the club, they can

at least enjoy a cup of tea!’

“We all banter together and get on really well. I can’t recommend it highly enough – doing 2-3 hrs of gardening

feels mentally therapeutic – and some experts say it’s better than working out in gym!” – Nik, Club member

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Time for change

transformation in Redcliffe

The Arc Cafe

A refreshing


Envisioning the future

Reverend Dan Tyndall talks

building expansion


any of you will have

heard about and

helped with the

recent survey as part of our

preparations for a major,

new development project...

or at least it will be a project

if we get the permission we

need and raise the money it

will take!! So, I guess it’s a

‘project idea’ at the moment!

There are two BIG IDEAS.

One is a project around the

church, for facilities we need

as a tourist destination... did

you know our disabled toilet

is down a flight of stairs?!

We also want to display

some of the heritage that

we have hidden away at the

moment ...did you know

we have a fire engine?

The second BIG IDEA is for

the FaithSpace Centre. This

is such a well-used space,

but is rather tired and (like

me!) is beginning to look

its age. We learnt so much

from the survey about what

we could do and what the

community needs: a warm

and safe, inviting and exciting

space which offers rooms and

halls and other community

facilities. In other words, the

same kind of things that

the current hall provides,

but more of

them and

TOP Illustration of

the church following




FAR LEFT A peek inside

the church

BELOW One of the

hidden treasures

more up to date. That’s the

aim in very broad terms,

but there’s a long way to

go and there’ll be many

conversations with groups and

local people, organisations

and societies to help craft

an understanding of what

might actually happen.

These two BIG IDEAS are

going to take years - if we

manage to do them at all.

However, we’re working hard

on both projects, moving

both forward with the same

amount of enthusiasm

and dedication.

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please sign up for the

church e-newsletter at


The Arc Cafe is a

unique Addiction

Recovery Agency (ARA)

community project,

working in partnership

with St Mary Redcliffe


Based in the

undercroft of the

church, the Cafe offers

a safe place to work

for people who

have experienced

addiction and

possess the


to change.

Volunteers are

able to learn new skills,

get accredited training

and benefit from working

in a team, enabling them

to rebuild their lives as

positive members of


As well as offering

fantastic food to its

customers, with daily

specials, panninis, soup,

cakes and barista-style

coffee, the Cafe has

made a huge impact on

the lives of its volunteers.

More than 40 volunteers

have worked in the Cafe,

with many going on to

full-time paid work.

One volunteer, Brian,

credits the Cafe with

helping his progress.’I

started washing up at the

Cafe, too scared to work

on the counter. Two years

on, I’ve got so much

more confidence... I love

meeting people and get

loads of support from the

team here.’

Volunteer Brian

with Chloe from

the Arc


Local news for local people

Putting faces to names

Redcliffe People

PC Victoria Lewis (3887)

PC Lewis (known as Vicki) joined

the Police Service in 1999, as part of

Gwent Constabulary, stationed in

Cwmbran. In 2003, she transferred

to her home city of Bristol, and

became part of Avon and Somerset

Constabulary, where she’s enjoyed

working as a Response Officer, Tutor

Constable and a Vice Liaison Officer.

For the past 3 years, Vicki has been

based on the Redcliffe and Temple

Quay beat as a Neighbourhood

Officer, part of a fantastic Police

team who really care about the community that they work in.

They have developed great relationships with partner agencies

and residents alike.

Vicki runs a Friday Beat Surgery at The Faithspace Community

Hall on Prewett Street, between 1 and 2pm, where she’d love to

discuss any issues that you may have over a cup of tea.

Hannah Currant

Hannah has been

working for St Mary

Redcliffe Church to

support the community

of Redcliffe to grow and

develop. She started

last year with LinkAge

& Redcliffe Care,

setting up activities to

help reduce isolation

and loneliness for

older people, and now works across the

community to support projects and bring

in funding to help Redcliffe become a rich

and vibrant community.

Debra and Stuart Gleed

Debs and Stu are the landlords of The Ship

Inn, a warm and friendly public house to

the rear of St Mary Redcliffe Church, on

Colston Parade. The pub boasts five darts

and three skittles teams and is proud of its

community heritage. “We’re a traditional

pub and believe that’s what people

want”, says Stu. “We get a local

crowd coming along because they

know they’ll get a good welcome”.

Debs agrees. “We care for our

regular customers but we treat

everyone the same. We get tourists

from all over – we even had a guy

from Australia here the other day!”

Redcliffe has a new Tenants’ Association!

The all new Redcliffe Residents’ Action Group (RAG) will be

meeting in the Waring House meeting room, on Monday

12th September at 6.30pm - everyone is welcome.

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What’s going on

Events, clubs and activities

A venue for the

whole community

FaithSpace is a community organisation with a Christian ethos, welcoming

all members of the Redcliffe community irrespective of belief. FaithSpace has

two large spaces with kitchen facilities, and is available at reasonable rates

for private events such as family gatherings, celebrations or children’s parties.

In addition, the following regular activities take place on a weekly basis.


Time 12.30pm – 1.30pm

When Monday

Cost Free

Hymn Singing

Time 11.00am – 12.00pm

When 1st Wednesday of each month

Cost Free

Redcliffe Children’s

Centre Events

Groups and activities commencing

12th September

Stay and Play

Time 9.30am – 11.00am

When Mondays during term time

Place FaithSpace Community Hall

Cost £1 voluntary contribution

An informal drop-in session for all

families with children aged 0-4 years with

the opportunity to play with your children

using a wide range of learning experiences.

Ki Aikido

Time 7.00pm – 9.00pm

When Monday

Cost £3 per session

Coffee, tea and chat

Time 10.00am – 12.00pm

When Tuesday

Cost Free

Sew, needles and natter

Time 1.00pm – 4.00pm

When Tuesday

Cost Free

Redcliffe Lunch Club

Time 12.00am – 2.00pm

When Wednesday

Cost £4

Film Club

Time 2.30pm – 4.00pm

When 1st & 3rd Wednesday

of each month

Cost Free

Zumba with Paula

Time 7.30pm – 8.30pm

When Wednesdays from 7 September

Cost £5

Tai Chi

Time 12.00pm – 1.00pm

When Thursday

Cost £5

Women’s morning with

the ACE group

Time 10.00am – 11.30am

When Friday

Cost Free

Police Beat Surgery

Time 1.00pm – 2.00pm

When Friday

Cost Free

SILA (Sarcoidosis) Support Group

Time 7.00pm – 9.00pm

When 3rd Tuesday of each month

Cost Free

Childminders Group

Time 9.30am – 11.00am

When Tuesdays during term time

Place FaithSpace Community Hall

Cost £1 voluntary contribution

An opportunity to meet other Childminders

and their minded children, there will be

support and guidance offered by our

Lead Teacher.

Baby Sensory (4 months – 1 year)

Time 1.00pm – 2.30pm

When Wednesdays during term time

Place FaithSpace Community Hall

Cost £2 per session

A drop-in sensory exploration session

for all families with babies aged from

4 months to 1 year.

Baby Clinic and Play Session

Time 10.00am – 11.30am

When Thursdays all year round

Place FaithSpace Community Hall

An opportunity to talk to Health Visitors

and play with your baby.

For more information on these activities or to make a booking, please

Telephone 0117 925 8331 or email

Anyone for sewing?

Editor Liz will be quilting at the Tenants’

Resource Centre from September onwards -

do you want to join her? If you want to learn

sewing and quilting skills and help make a

community quilt, drop Liz a message.


Time 11.45am – 12.45am

When Fridays during term time

Place St Mary Redcliffe and

Temple School (meet at Redcliffe

Children’s Centre)

Cost £1 voluntary contribution

Informal and fun swimming session

for families – 1 adult to 1 child ratio.

For more info please call the Family

Services Team on 0117 903 0341


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