Comments and feedback from local residents welcomed. Please contact Ben Wilson.
Information for Carers
If you look after someone - partner, relative, child, friend, neighbour - who could not manage without you, you are a Carer and this information is for you.
Carer's Support Centre. This absolutely invaluable resource for help, information and advice. The website is crammed with easily accessible information and links to other resources. The Vassal Centre itself is easy to get to on the no. 5 bus service ('the Mint Route') which runs from Lewins Mead (with a stop outside the Bristol Fashion in Broadmead) to Fishponds, and stops in Gill Avenue right outside the centre.
Tell your GP you are a Carer. GPs keep a register of Carers, and can offer health checks and support.
Bristol Community Health. A not-for-profit social enterprise delivering publicly-funded NHS services, BCH is another excellent public resource.
Please check them out. Speaking from personal experience as a Carer, it's good to know you don't have to cope alone.
Use the links below to go straight to the required section on this page.
Please note that links away from this page open in a new browser window.
Is your pet neutered? RSPCA Bristol Clinic is offering cat and dog owners heavily discounted neutering rates throughout the month of March.
Neutering stops your pet from becoming pregnant and helps prevent some illnesses - protect your pet because you care!
The special offer is for eligible pet owners on benefits or low incomes.
Dog owners can take up the low cost offer of £35 for females and £25 for dogs. Cat owners can ensure their pets are neutered for just £10, including kittens from 4 months.
The neuter offer includes a free microchip AND a half-price voucher for vaccinations (initial course or booster) at the Clinic.
To find out more or to book your cat and dog an appointment please call: 0117 9724567 - the offer is limited and so will be booked on a first come, first served basis.
RSPCA Bristol Clinic, 48 Albert Road, Bristol, BS2 0XA (by appointment only)
You may already know about this electronic discussion group. It seeks to link people from different parts of Bristol and provide them with a forum to exchange ideas and experiences related to the 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships. Recent discussions have been about cycling, environmental improvements, socially isolated older people, young people and much more. The only 'rules' are use your real name and, by all means, disagree, but do it politely and with respect. So far, we have a 100% record on this.
Neighbourhood Partnerships Together is independent of BCC and most participants are residents, but mayors, councillors and BCC staff are very welcome to join in (and perhaps should do so more frequently!) along with members of other agencies.
All the 14 NPs are currently represented and Neighbourhood Partnerships Together is a very good way of identifying people that can collaborate together around a common interest, build cooperation between NPs and, possibly, find a solution to to a problem that's been difficult for you and your NP.
A recent success has been the establishment of the Bristol Walking Alliance which has raised walkability as a top issue in the elections. Three NPs are currently affiliated to this new body and we expect other to join during 2016. Neighbourhood Partnerships Together has been a very efficient and cheap way of finding out who is doing what about walkability across the city.
Please encourage people in your area to become part of Neighbourhood Partnerships Together. It's very much 'the more, the merrier'.
The Bristol Arena exhibitions materials will be available online at www.bristoltemplequarter.com/arenaconsultation. This page will also signpost where the full planning applications can be found on the Bristol City Council website.
Changes Bristol is a small local charity and runs free weekly peer support groups in 8 locations around Bristol, which are for people with mild to moderate mental health issues (depression, anxiety, social phobia etc) and who may benefit from attending a confidential weekly group with other people experiencing similar issues. Peer support is based on shared personal experience and empathy, with the focus on people sharing their experiences to help one another. Mutual support can help people experiencing mental health issues to recover or get more control over their condition and live fulfilling lives.
Meetings are free to attend, are completely confidential, and no referral is needed. They are led by trained volunteer facilitators, and involve a discussion in a structured meeting. Changes uses resources from psychological techniques to help people manage their mental health, develop wellness tools and become more resilient. The 2011 English Mental Health Strategy recognised that peer support is one way for people to manage their own mental health. Mutual support meetings can help decrease social isolation, increase self-esteem, maintain mental health and help those making steps to recovery.
We hold meetings at various times of the day in 8 locations around Bristol, please following the link below for more details
The Matthew Tree Project, developers of the Food PLUS Network (formerly known as FoodStores) and with Food PLUS Centre's in Brislington and across South Bristol to provide food aid and support for people in hardship, is planning a new Community Project called FOODTURES at The Rock in Brislington.
Their proposal is to provide a new community recreational and learning space on site and provide long term unemployed people with training to help them find work in and around food growing, processing, distribution and marketing, as well as other topics like woodland management and environmental conservation - you can find out more about FOODTURES and complete a survey to help them develop their proposal here.
More information about the scheme available here, here, and here.
A pilot version of the Traffic Choices website is now online
The website helps neighbourhoods decide on new traffic schemes with the yearly traffic budget. It groups different treatments into problem categories (e.g. crossing the road, speeding) and gives a brief description, advantages/disadvantages, and how effective it is at solving a traffic problem. The information has been written by a researcher at the University of the West of England, and is presented in a de-jargonised, easy to read format.
There's also three very informative videos which give a summary of information about traffic schemes available, with examples from Bristol.
We hope it will stimulate debates about traffic schemes on local roads, based on high quality, unbiased research.
Do feel free to provide any feedback, as we are still in the pilot stage of the project.
Life Cycle UK runs fully accredited National Standard Instructor training courses; ideal for people who love cycling and want to work outdoors and stay active. The short, intensive courses are an opportunity to gain a qualification, boost income and help people to get cycling! We particularly encourage retired people to apply, especially those looking for part-time work. Please visit LifeCycle UK or telephone 0117 353 4580 for more information.
Brislington Cricket Club was formed in 1868 and we have played at Ironmould Lane since 1960. It was at Ironmould Lane in 1969 that the first televised 100 was scored in the John Player Sunday league by Greg Chappell (then Australian Captain) playing for Somerset against Surrey.
We are a focus accredited club that has 4 senior sides who play in the West of England and Bristol & District leagues on Saturdays and the 3 Counties League on Sunday's.
The club has a thriving junior section run by qualified coaches with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment. Junior coaching is non selective and we cater for players of all abilities. We run girls and boys teams from U9's through to U17's along with our ever popular junior coaching night on Fridays!
2015 saw the launch of the Brislington Vipers our new girls section, which proved a huge success with over 30 members by the end of the season! This was followed in 2016 by the launch of the Brislington Cobras and our 1st ever Women's team!
Why not come along and join us? Our ground at Ironmould Lane is one of the best kept secrets in the community and our Clubhouse is always available for private bookings.
Please contact Huw Grove on 07748 321784 (Senior Teams & Clubhouse) or Steve Whitemore on 07973 854509 (Junior Teams & Women's Section)
For the latest club news, fixtures and events please visit the club website.
BRISLINGTON FC NEEDS YOU!
Ever thought about putting something back into your community? Interested in local football? Now's your chance; Brislington FC is looking for local input to help run the club. We need to generate circa £75k each year to run a successful operation. As you can imagine this is a tall order but largely through the efforts of club members and the exploitation of our facilities we get there. But we are always on the look-out for fresh ideas new people to come forward and help.
Brislington Football Club was reformed in 1956 when an under 16 team entered in the Bristol Church of England League. The Club has evolved over the subsequent 50 years and now runs 3 men's teams, an Under 18 team, and Ladies team. Our teams play in the Toolstation Western League, Somerset County, Bristol Suburban & the South West Women's Leagues. If anyone is interested in playing at any of these levels please contact the club.
If you are interested in getting involved please contact Jonathan Rogers on 07425 146871 or rogers63
Our club is available for hire; see our website for further details. We are also on the look-out for a local darts team to use the clubhouse on weekday evenings. For details of availability please contact Sharon on 07429622306.
We provide opportunities for local business to show case their products or businesses through either our match day programme or pitch-side advertising. Full details of sponsorship packages can be obtained from Jonathan Rogers (rogers63 or 07452146871).
A warm welcome is afforded to any new spectators or sponsors.
Meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 at The Arnos Manor Hotel,470 Bath Road, Avon, Bristol BS4 3HQ.
We want members to join seeking new friendships with like-minded, local women. You may be new to this wonderful city, regaining your social life after starting families, or just craving new and stimulating company.
Whatever the reason, coming along and try us!
Brislington Art Group has been running for about 16 years, first in St Lukes church hall, and for the last 11 years in the scout hut in Brookside Road, Brislington.
We are a friendly group of about 15 people of all ages. We all use different mediums: we have tutors, days out and 2 group meals a year. If anyone interested, please contact Sylvia Bush on 07745343390.
Or pop in and see us Wednesdays 1.30 to 4, £5 for the afternoon. Everyone welcome!
The Craft Forum
St Cuthberts Church
Friday Mornings 9.30-12.00
Firebird Studios is a 6 room rehearsal studio in the heart of Brislington. All of our professionally sound proofed studios are on the ground floor and we have plenty of parking. We have a cafe serving great tasting sandwiches, barista style coffee and delicious cakes as well as cans, crisps and chocolate. We also offer music lessons in guitar, bass, drums and piano for all ages and levels. Visit our website for more information: Firebird Studios
NB If a booking is missed or canceled without 48 HOURS prior notice, the full amount must be paid.
To check studio availability, book rehearsals online and for general information, please go to Firebird Studios
We are located at 470, Bath Road,
BS4 3HG, just next to the Arno's Park, in the Bath Road Studios (ex
ITV Buildings). We offer Rehearsals, meetings, art activities,
workshop spaces at very competitive rates. We were established in
April 2011 and we aim to be a central facility for the communities of
Brislington, Knowle, Totterdown, Temple Meads, but of course anyone
else is more than welcome.
We would like to be known and reached by the whole communities, in
particular for all those ones involved in music but also, arts,
photographer, video makers, painters, classes, programmed activities
with children for example, mini gigs and so on. We have plenty of space
We are open from 9am to 12am 7 days a week.
For further information please contact:
Tel: 07747 752396 Email
I am a Personal Trainer based out of Brislington. I train people in locations of their choosing, specialising in helping mums both individually or in small groups who would struggle to get childcare. I can go to their houses, for example, so they have one less worry. I am very fairly priced and pride myself on being extremely flexible to help my clients needs. Please see more information and contact details on my website, www.kate-fit.co.uk.
Walking for Health Bristol
Three new free weekly walks have been organised: see here for Victoria Park details, here for the South Bristol Greenway walk, and here for the Greville Smyth Park walk.
We meet at Arnos Manor Hotel every Saturday at 8am. We currently have between 15 - 20 women running with us on a Saturday morning ages ranging from 18 to 70. Our main aim for this women's only running club is to bring women in the area together. This will not only improve their health but it also provides a great social environment. To attend our running club you DO NOT need to be a runner as we provide coaching for complete beginners: one of the main reasons we formed the running club was to provide a starting block for women who want to improve their health and fitness.
Back to the top Hatha Yoga Class
St Annes Church Hall, Salisbury Road, Brislington.
Thursday evenings between 7.15pm - 8.15pm
The class is suitable for beginners or those returning to yoga after a break or those looking for a light hearted class at their own pace.
Block booking classes is £5 per class or £7 drop in. No booking required.
Please bring a mat if you have one as there are a limited number of mats available on first come basis.
Please bring a blanket for relaxation and wear clothing that you can move around in.
For more information contact Fiona, phone: 07956 173586, or Email.
Kerensa Relaxation Class
From 12th Jan - 7.30pm at St Anne's Junior school, Wick Road.
No experience required. Price is £7.50 per session or block book 6 for £42.00. Please contact to book your space - Louise Craine 07973701730.
Further details here.
Hi, I'm Kelly Allen and I love teaching Zumba classes. The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party!
Come join me and you'll see what I mean. You don't even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow my lead. It's easy! Come try it, I guarantee you will have a blast! Just bring some water and wear supportive footwear like trainers.
I look forward to meeting you at my NEW class, starting 9th Jan 2012
Hungerford Community Centre, Hungerford Rd, Brislington.
£4 per session.
Contact Kelly for more info.
Learn new skills, Share ideas, have fun. Fee £3 inc. refreshments
The Allison Road Mama Bear's nursery is close to the Brislington Park & Ride and served by the No.1 / 1A bus which goes to Cribbs Causeway via Temple Meads, the Centre, Westbury and Henbury, making it the ideal choice for working parents heading for those destinations.
The nursery has light well laid-out rooms, with three separate spaces for babies, toddlers and pre-school children filled with age-appropriate resources and tailored to the age groups' needs.
There is also a huge range of outdoor facilities in its extensive gardens overlooking South Bristol, where the children have recently celebrated the 2016 Olympics by participating in their own mini Olympic games with hula hooping, bean bag throwing, as well as making some amazing medals.
Mama Bear's offers longer opening hours as standard across all their settings as a way of giving that extra bit of support to working families.
Mama Bear's is run by husband and wife team Bev and Tony Driffield. Established in 2002 the group now includes 22 nursery settings in Bristol, Somerset and Devon.
The family run organisation has gained a reputation in the South West for offering the highest quality, affordable care.
More information on Mama Bear's Day Nursery can be found at Mama Bear
i-Play Softplay, Broadwalk Shopping Centre, Knowle
9:30-10:05 Tiny Toes (18months- 3 yrs)
10:15-10:30 Tots tap (3 yrs+)
10.30-11.05 Mini Movers (3-4 yrs)
11.15-11.45 Twinkle's Tots (6-18 months)
St. Luke's Church Hall, Church Parade, Brislington
1.00-1.35 Mini Movers (3-4 yrs)
1.45- 2.20 Tiny Toes (18 months-3yrs)
2.30-3.00 Twinkle's Tots (6-18 months)
St. John Ambulance Hall, Wick RD, Brislington
9:30-10:05 Tiny Toes (18 months-3 yrs)
10:15-10:30 Tots tap (3 yrs+)
10.30-11.05 Mini Movers (3-4 yrs)
11.15-11.45 Twinkle's Tots (6-18 months)
The classes are £5 and £2.50 for tap but at the moment we are starting with 3 week trials for £15.
Email here: tel. 07715340610
Wingfield School of Ballet and Dance
The Wingfield School has been in Brislington for over 30 years, running classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz for students from the age of 3years.
The School has qualified teachers, who are CRB checked, and we enter children for their exams in Royal Academy of Dance Ballet and Imperial School of Dance for Tap, Modern and Jazz.
Classes are held in Holymead Junior School in Wick Road, on Thursday evening.
3.45 - 4.15 Pre-School Ballet for 3years plus
4.15 - 4.45 Pre-Primary Ballet - school age pupils
4.45 - 5.15 Beginners Tap
5.15 - 5.45 Primary Ballet approx 6years up
5.45 - 6.15 Grade 1 Tap approx 6 years up
6.15 - 6.45 Grade 2 Ballet - approx 8 years up
6.45 - 7.15 Grade 2 Modern/Jazz - approx 8 years up
Hokey Cokey is a fun singing and signing class for children aged birth to five years of age.
The session consists of singing and signing children's songs, action songs and nursery rhymes.
We will be getting up and moving around, as well as exploring a different piece of music each week.
After the singing has finished, we will be playing parachute games before finally winding down with a drawing and colouring activity.
During the session there will be Time to Sign, with the opportunity to learn different baby/toddler signs each week.
St Peter's Methodist Church
Top of Allison Road
Every Wednesday Term Time Only
Including inservice days for Broomhill Infants'
Session 10am until 10.55am
£2.00 per family/childminder
Drop-in session - no need to book!
The Saturday Drum School is designed for children and young adults from the age of 7. I teach a range of styles and techniques from simple snare drum rudiments and fun patterns to complex four-limbed rhythms. I teach everyone to read drum music as soon as they are ready as I feel this is invaluable. Adult beginner and improvers are also welcome.
I have been a drummer for over 20 years and my professional career saw me touring the U.K. and Europe extensively. I have been teaching drums for 15 years and after teaching in many schools across the region now specialise in teaching children but am happy to take on any keen adults as well.
I currently mix playing regularly with a variety of bands with teaching children drums and teaching at the popular Access to Music college.
Term times only.
From age 7 upwards.
20 minutes or 30 minutes slots now available
Contact: Tel. 0117 9332983, or firstname.lastname@example.org
At present there are a couple of one-to-one lesson slots available in the in Autumn term 2012 so please contact me if you are interested in lessons for your son or daughter or for you!
Saturday Breakfast Club
A chance for dads and their kids to spend some quality time together!
For children 0-5 and their dads, every Saturday 9 - 11 am. Sessions alternate between St Anne's Park Children Centre and Broomhill Children Centre: run by Ian Sawyer (Bristol City Council fathers outreach worker). No charge, but donations (via donation tin) are welcome if you so choose.
Contact Ian by email or by phone on 0776 099 0832. All welcome!
Children's karate club at St Annes Church on Saturday mornings (09:30 - 10:30)
Instructor Simon Mackown
2nd Dan Black Belt
Tel: 07793 201149
Simon says: "I have been training for 13 years and have been teaching karate to children and adults for over 5 years. My main motivation is to help children be more physically active. I find that martial arts can act as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle for those not engaged with the usual sports; it certainly was the case with me.
I have an enhanced CRB check and I am fully insured."
See here for more info