Redcliffe Voice Issue 2



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issue 02 | Winter 2016

Local news for local people

It’s the most

wonderful time

of the year


ell, it’s that time of year again!

The leaves are golden, creating

colourful displays in our parks and

gardens, the weather is a touch

colder and the shops are bracing

for their favourite time of year! I love

this season with all its events and festivals –

Halloween, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and

a variety of faith celebrations, with preparations

for Christmas at the heart of the coming months.

As well as being a time for end of year reflection,

Christmas is a great time for celebration – and

what better way to celebrate than with food! Check

out some local cafes and sharing opportunities

on pages 4 and 5 - I enjoyed visiting them and

sampling their menus! And I hope you like

this new, longer edition – many thanks to St

Mary Redcliffe Church whose generous support

makes the newsletter possible. Keep sending

your news and views to me at the email below.

Get in touch by emailing me at the address below.

Seasons’ greetings!

For the



At-Bristol Christmas

Ice Rink and Festive

Fair, Millenium

Square, until 3rd Jan

Christmas Lights

switch-on at St

Nicholas Market, 19th

November, 5.30pm

SMRT School Carol

service at St Mary

Redcliffe, Monday 16th

December, 7.30pm

Family Carol service

at St Mary Redcliffe,

24th December, 4pm

Bristol Shares Reading


new shared reading group has

recently started in Bedminster

Library, every Thursday from

11am-12:30pm. It’s hosted by The Reader,

an award-winning charitable social

enterprise whose aim is to bring about

a reading revolution, connecting people

from all communities and backgrounds

with great literature for improved wellbeing.

The sessions are free to attend and

open to people of all ages and abilities;

there’s no pressure to read but those who

wish to are welcome to contribute aloud.

All reading materials are provided, and

there’s free tea and biscuits too! There’s

no need to book in advance, simply turn

up on the day, but if you’d like to find

out more information please feel free to

contact either Emma Crago: emmacrago@ / 07970 247410 or

Sammy Weaver: samanthaweaver@ / 07812 238532.

“I look forward to it every Tuesday”

– Shared Reading Group Member

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Let’s go green

Growing & Sharing





he Redcliffe Neighbourhood

Development Forum is a

community group whose mission

is to reimagine and remake Bristol’s

Redcliffe Way. We want to create a new

neighbourhood heart for Redcliffe and

build a welcoming gateway to the city

centre. The aim is to make Redcliffe a

better place for people who live and work

here, and benefit the wider city.

We’ve been a bit quiet for a while, so

we thought it would be good to have a

meet up! Please join us on Tuesday 29th

November at Mokoko at 2 Goal Ferry

Steps, Wapping Wharf - we’ve been busy

and have some exciting news to share

Come and hear about

The start of the formal process to secure

a development partner to work with the

A chance to

have your

voice heard

community and Bristol City Council on

the Neighbourhood Plan

The release of the Final Draft

Neighbourhood Plan following

community feedback

The launch of a new community website

to campaign for the community’s vision

Please join us for celebratory cake, drink

and conversation about plans to create a

new heart for a new heart for Redcliffe and

the city. Book your free place at

Deck the


Exercise your creative

skills and get in the

Christmas mood!

Treefest, our annual Christmas tree

festival is back for its third year.

Running from December 9 – 14th

in St Mary Redcliffe, we’re hoping

for as many people to be involved

as possible. Local people and

organisations can enter and decorate

a tree, which will be displayed in

church for a week. Treefest is a great

opportunity to tell visitors about

yourself or your organisation,

while raising valuable funds for charity.

For more information and to

complete an online application,


Form more information about Forum activities, contact Melissa Mean on or Karen Drake on

Winning Gardens


he Redcliffe Gardening Club has been working hard

in Somerset Square and other sites around the East

Redcliffe Estate for over a year. Their hard work

has paid off, with recognition in the form of a recent Third

Sector Award for small charities. The award was presented to

Growing Support (the organisation that helped start the club)

for their development of community gardens, the Redcliffe

Gardening Club being a key part of this work. The Club has

been buzzing with pride since receiving the award in October,

and is keen to encourage more members. All local residents

are welcome to join, with sessions taking place on Thursdays,

10am-12noon, meeting outside Faith Space on Prewett Street.

The Club is also holding a free festive wreath making

workshop in the community room at Proctor House,

on Thursday 15th December, 10am - 12noon

“It’s the highlight of my week”

- Club member

Photo: Rosa displays

her wreath, hand-made

from garden materials


Local news for local people

people at the centre

Children & Families

Service with a smile


he new children centre base is almost

ready for business...thanks to the

team at Double Tree by Hilton Bristol

City Centre. Human Resources Manager,

James Headford, took a minute to share the

experience with Editor Liz Mytton, while he

worked at the former Kids’ Company office at

Prewett Street premises a couple weeks ago.

“Every year, Hilton Worldwide has a

day of service. We’re committed to the

neighbourhoods we’re based in, so all around

the world, in 102 different countries, thousands

of staff members volunteer their time on one

day to give back to their communities. We did

150,000 hours of community projects last year

and we’re always looking to do something local

– and I don’t think we can get something more

local than right here, 100 yards from the hotel!

The volunteers had several jobs to do -

cleaning, decorating, renewing the kitchen

and bathroom, tidying up the back garden

and refurbishing old computers for use by

children’s centre staff and service users – all in

one day! In total 9 members of staff have been

involved in the work, but special thanks must

go to Des and the Kitchen Team at the hotel –

their fabulous packed lunches kept us going.

As a hotel, we’ve

supported several other

charities in recent years.

We’re currently involved

in the St Peter’s Hospice

Accumulator Challenge

– the charity give £50 to

participants and the aim is

to increase it. We decided to

hold a triathlon challenge

in hotel gym, and with 50%

of sponsorship still to come

in, we’ve already raised

£300. The Hotel will match

fund any sponsorship so

we’re hoping to raise around

£1000 for this great local

charity. We’re also selling

a few paintings in the hotel

kindly donated by some

Bristol artists and are holding a bake sale.

This has been a perfect opportunity for us to

help some organisations on our doorstep. In

the past, we’ve helped the Growing Support

gardening charity, who run the gardening

club in Redcliffe, donating free room hire

and refreshments for their meetings in the

Picture left to right:

John (General Manager),

James (HR), Adrian (Maintenance),

Matt (Nights), Adrian (Maintenance),

Elliot (Maintenance), Greg (Bar).

Also involved but not pictured

were Domingo (Restaurant)

and Jessica (Sales)

hotel. We also have a programme called Care

which aims to create a rewarding experience

for guests, staff and local people and with a

committee of junior members of staff, we

built the raised beds with the gardening club.

It’s something we enjoy doing – we like to

get stuck in! Team work definitely makes the

dream work.”

Children Centre News

Interested in working with children and families?

Redcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre would like to hear from you if you are interested

in volunteering. There are opportunities for forest support, reading, community groups, food support

and gardening. Please contact Helen Payne on 0117 9030334 for more information.

Winter Family Saturday

Craft activities, Refreshments,

Bouncy Castle, Tombola, Gifts for


Time 10.00-12.00

Date 26th November

Place Redcliffe Children’s Centre

Cost £1.00 entrance fee per family

Baby Sensory (4 months-1year)

A drop- in sensory exploration

session for all families with babies

aged from 4 months to 1 year,

Time 1.00-2.30pm

Date Wednesdays during term time

Place Faithspace Community Hall

Cost £2.00 per session


Informal and fun swimming session

for families 1 adult to 1 child ratio

Time 11.45-12.45

Date Fridays during term time

Place St Mary Redcliffe and

Temple School (meet at

Redcliffe Children’s Centre)

Cost £1.00 voluntary contribution

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Local food

treats & eats

Momma Lou’s


ou has been building her little food

empire at 1A Nelson Parade since the

end of September. Though brand new,

she has already built up a strong customer base,

serving breakfast five mornings per week.

“I love cooking and my home has always been

a hub for my children’s friends – preparing food

for them is one of my greatest pleasures. That’s

where my nickname, Momma

Lou, came from – everyone

knows me as a feeder!”

As well as traditional

breakfast sandwiches, Lou

cooks a range of international

meals and snacks, including

jerk chicken and rice. “I like

to keep things versatile!”

Momma Lou’s is open

6am-3pm Monday to Friday.

Chatterton’s Cafe


hatteron’s Café, based in the old home of poet

Thomas Chatterton, is a family concern.

“Everyone who works here is related! Our

ethos is to offer a good service and to make everything

from scratch,” says owner Dawn Webber. “We had

to renovate the building before we could start the

café - it was empty for 25 years before we took it on

this year and it needed a lot of attention but working

together as a team we’ve managed to get moving.”

With a takeaway counter, patio area and seating on two

floors, the café is well placed to serve commuters, local

office staff and builders working in the Redcliffe district.

The café has a Christmas menu, is newly licensed to

serve alcohol and has plans to open during the evening

from January 2017. With such a busy season ahead, are

they enjoying life as café owners? “Yes, it’s fantastic.

It’s hard work but things are going really well.”

Find them: Redcliffe Way, Bristol BS1


Dawn Webber (right)

with her daughter Rhea,

who manages the café

“Everyone who works here is

related! Our ethos is to offer

a good service and to make

everything from scratch”


Local news for local people

treats & eats

Local food

Come to dinner





Available from

Mid-Nov, 12-3pm

We warmly invite you to a traditional Christmas meal at midday

on Christmas Day in the Faithspace Community Centre on

Prewett Street. Come and join us for fun and food to celebrate

Christmas with friends from your neighbourhood.

All are welcome and there is no charge, but you need to book

in advance by telephoning Chris and Lorraine Legg on

0117 9041533 or the Redcliffe Parish Office on 0117 2310060

before 10th December. We look forward to seeing you!

“We’re offering a traditional, festive

Christmas celebration with delicious

food along with quizzes for some

extra fun!” Chloe Diamond from ARA

Seasonal menu


Spiced cauliflower soup

with fresh baguette

Homemade chicken liver pate

with Melba toast and chutney

Christmas has come early at

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School!

WHAT is it? A free Christmas lunch put on by

SMRT staff and students. Featuring music, games,

a raffle and plenty of Christmas spirit.

WHERE is it? SMRT School main hall

(Somerset Square BS1 6RT).

WHEN is it? Thursday 8th December

from 13.45-15.30 (doors open at 13.30)

There will be a free community Christmas Party

in Faithspace on Friday the 9th of December 5-7pm.

All welcome!


Roast beef with creamy mash,

seasonal vegetables and gravy

Wild mushroom cutlet with

creamy mash, seasonal vegetables

and onion gravy


Christmas pudding with double cream

Chocolate torte with clotted cream

Tea and coffee to follow

£20 per head,

minimum table of 6

Please order at the cafe

on 01179298658

The Arc Cafe, The Undercroft,

St Mary Redcliffe Church,

Bristol, BS1 6RA

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Get creative

Hitting the

right note...

Editor Liz Mytton speaks to

Tina Boydell from the Bristol

Ukulele Club Band, who meet

at The Colosseum in Redcliffe.

LM: So Tina, what’s the

purpose of the band?

TB: To have fun, learn and

enjoy your instrument, to

bring people together, feel the

joy from singing and playing

together totally regardless of

ability and skills, to entertain

ourselves first and anyone

else who will listen second!

Whilst many of us have gained

in confidence and now totally

love a good gig, there is no

pressure ever to perform

in public.

LM: How many people are

in the band?

TB: At the moment we

have around 30 on our list

butmost weeks there are

between 8 and 18 of us

regularly practicing

LM: Who can join?

TB: Anyone.

LM: Anyone? But don’t

you need experience?

TB: We welcome anyone

and everyone regardless

of level of ability, even

if that ability is at zero.

Just bring along a ukulele

and we’ll be pleased to

see you and help get

you started.

LM: What’s the age range

of members?

TB: Age no issue, except it’s

on a night before a school day!

Mostly our group ranges in age

from 18 – 86

LM: How often do you meet?

TB: We meet most Sundays

at 7pm in the back bar of

The Colosseum on Redcliff

Hill - the Cavern Club of

the ukulele world.

LM: Any recent highlights

for the club?

TB: Well, on the 21st October

2016, four of us became

recording artistes! We

recorded a backing track for

Tina (Second from Left) with

other members of the band.

a charity single in aid of

Integrate Bristol, the charity

that campaigns against FGM

and violence against women.

A couple of years back we did

a Ukulele Rock Opera in a bed

factory for Southville and

Bedminster Arts Trail but this

summer we played two sets at

the Tyntesfield Music Festival,

played at a cheese and cider

festival plus some street

parties and summer events in

local parks. We love meeting

new people, so come and

join us - we’re the rockinest

ukulele band in the West!

LM: Sounds, great Tina.

I might be tempted to visit

on Sunday evening soon.

Rise Up

RISE Theatre are returning with

their contemporary, original play

about two world weary adults who

discover what it means to dream

and believe again. ‘White Rabbit’ is

a beautifully crafted allegory written

by Bristol based Director Charley

Pinfold and brought to life by RISE

Theatre’s exciting, imaginative

performance style. Be prepared to

laugh and cry and engage in life’s

adventure in this unforgettable

story. Play suitable for age 10-100!

Where: SouthBank Club,

Bristol, Dean Lane, BS3 1DB

When: Sunday 27th November

at 7pm (Doors 6.30pm)

For tickets visit:

risetheatre or call RISE Theatre on

07960 944653

For more info visit the White

Rabbit Tour page: www.facebook.

com/TheWhiteRabbit2016 or

Calling all budding actors!

Fun and inspiring theatre

devising sessions inspired

by the memories, stories

and spaces of St Mary

Redcliffe Church.


o you live in Redcliffe? Would

you like to work with a theatre

company, co-devising and being

part of an inspiring creative process? If so

this opportunity is for you.

PECo Theatre will be running creative

sessions from late January 2017 at the

Faith Space in Prewett Street. The project

is funded by Bristol Ageing Better, so the

company is very keen to encourage older

people aged 50 and over, as well as other

age ranges.

Activities will begin on Saturday, January

21st, 2pm - 4pm with a Memory Gathering

Tea Party, aimed at drawing as any people

with stories, memories and history of the

St Mary Redcliffe and surrounding area

as possible together to share with tea

and cake. Sessions will then continue on

alternate Thursdays, beginning Thursday

26th of January and continue until the

beginning of April. They will culminate

in a sharing of the developed ideas for

a new piece of theatre inspired by

St Mary Redcliffe.

Whether you’ved lived here a long time or

have just moved here, everyone welcome!

To find out more and register your interest

please email PECo Theatre’s artistic

director, Rachel Aspinwall at: rachel@ or if you don’t

have email you can call 07888 846 456

between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.


Local news for local people

Putting faces to names

Redcliffe People

Faith in the



t’s been two years since Faithspace

started in Redcliffe, thanks to Sarah

James, a Methodist missionary working

to build community with faith at its

heart. Supported by the Methodist

Church and St Mary Redcliffe, Sarah’s role is to

provide Christian care and support to local people, to

develop the Church community centre in a way that is

open and affordable to all, and to be responsive to the

needs of the Redcliffe neighbourhood. This includes

creating a range of activities to encourage community

development and cohesion.

Make sure you don’t miss the Faithspace

Christmas party on the 9th December, complete with

Father Christmas, Christmas photo

selfies and more…and in the

new year, watch out for Messy

Space on January 15th, with

children’s activities, Bible stories,

food and fun!

Drop in on Tuesday mornings

for coffee at 10am, or for the

women’s ‘Needles and Natter’ a

sewing knitting and Craft group

at one o’clock and make friends!

There are plenty of other activities

happening at the centre – take a

look below.

Sarah James


Time 12.30pm – 1.30pm

When Monday

Cost Free

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 £3

Hymn Singing

Time 11.00am – 12.00pm

When 1st 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

LinkAge Art Club

Time 2.15pm – 4.15pm

When Fridays

Cost £5

Bristol Bipolar UK Support group

Time 7.30pm – 9.30pm

When 1st Thursday of each month

Cost Free

Mothers’ Union

Time 2.30pm – 3.30pm

When 2nd Tuesday of each month

Cost Free

Post Card Club

Time 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

When 1st Monday of each month

Cost £3

SMR Meditation Group

Time 6.30pm – 7.30pm

When Tuesday

Cost Free

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

please telephone 0117 925 8331 or email

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Local Notices

Get involved...

Have you heard

of the Redcliffe


Action Group?

No? Well, you have now!

The group, set up to represent the interests

of all residents in the Redcliffe community, has plans to:

● Hold a Family Fun Day

● Develop activities for older people, including day trips

● Apply for funding to do a theatre trip

● Improve the neighbourhood

● Run social events

But it needs your help!

RRAG is interested in what you want to see in your area – contact

committee Chair Margi Johnson at with your

thoughts and ideas. The group currently runs a Scrabble club on the first

Tuesday of every month in community room at Waring House at 7pm –

go along and exercise your word skills, while meeting other residents

including Margi, Di, Marky and other members of RRAG.


Want to improve

your English or Maths?

New course coming to the Tenants’

Resource Centre in January 2017.

For more information, call Lucy

Fieldhouse at the Learning

Communities Team

on 0117 9039763 or email

Watch this space...

As mentioned in the last

newsletter, St Mary Redcliffe

are on the cusp of quite a

major development project

to improve visitor facilities in

the areas around the church

and create new facilities for

the community to use, both

around the church and on

the site of the current church

centre on Prewett Street. An

information event was held

on 15th November to offer an

opportunity for local residents

to ask questions and give

feedback. We’ll update you on

the event in the next issue of

Redcliffe Voice. There are also

efforts to bring back to Redcliffe

an internationally important

piece of artwork – William

Hogarth’s altarpiece, Sealing

the Tomb. We’ll keep you

posted on our progress.

Section of William Hogarth’s altarpiece



What is volunteering?

Volunteering is about giving your

time to a good cause. You don’t get

paid, but you do get the chance to

use your talents, develop new skills,

and experience the pleasure that

comes from making a real difference

to other people’s lives, as well

as your own.

Who can do it?

Anyone. Whatever your age,

background or work experience, you

will have a skill that someone needs.

No matter how busy you are, there

will be something that you can do. It

can be trickier to find volunteer roles if

you are under 16, but not impossible.

Just ask us.

What can I do?

Anything. (Almost.) There are over

600 different volunteer roles available

in Bristol alone. You might be

interested in working on the ‘front

line’ or perhaps you’d be happier

‘behind the scenes’; either way,

there’s something for everyone.

For more information, visit


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