St Anne's Well and the Heritage Lottery Fund grant
Discover Brislington Brook Celebrates £9,500 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant
A new project to discover the past that lies beneath our feet!
Discover Brislington Brook in partnership with the Brislington Community Archaeology Project have just been awarded funds for an exciting new project; St Anne's Well and Chapel, a Journey of People, Place, History and Myth,it was announced today. The grant of £9,500 has been awarded under the Heritage Lottery Fund's Sharing Heritage programme and is for local people to discover more about the archaeology, history and hearsay surrounding St Anne's Well and Chapel and the associated medieval pilgrimage in St Anne's, Brislington.
Sharing heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.
Discover Brislington Brook has been working in the area for the last two years with schools and community groups helping people to re-discover the rich natural and cultural heritage that lies on their doorstep. The Brislington Archaeology Project (BCAP) aims to get people involved in hands-on archaeology and share their finds online with the community.
Steve Hallam, BCAP's Chair Person said "We are thrilled to receive this generous grant and can't wait to get on with the project. We are very lucky to live in Brislington because it has such a rich history. Most people don't know that it was an important site of pilgrimage in Medieval Britain, or that a Roman villa was discovered here. We even have a number of flint blades that we think date back to Neolithic times!"
Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: "SharingHeritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that the residents of Brislington can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF's funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what is important to them in their area."
The project will be kick-started with an exciting event for locals to identify artefacts they have found in their back gardens. Throughout September the people of Brislingtonare asked to bring inany object foundintheir back yards to an ID session with expert Kate Iles and Kurt Adams from Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. The garden archaeology finds session will be held at St Anne's Junior School, Langton Court Rd from 4-7pm on Wednesday 2nd October.
Kate Iles from the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery said "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn more about Brislington's history. Recording artefacts like fragments of pottery, clay pipes and old coinsfound in people's gardens can help us to build up a picture about the archaeology underneath. This joined with the other archaeological work planned could reveal some very exciting results."
Discover Brislingon Brook and BCAP are planning a number of archaeological surveys and visits this Autumn; if you are interested in getting involved please email brislingtonarchaeology.org.uk.
Four MA students (Archaeology for Screen Media) from Bristol University have created a short film about this stretch of Brislington Brook - including St Anne's Well. This forms part of the Discover Brislington Brook project, and features contributions by two BCAP members. The film is only three minutes long so there's no excuse for not watching!
Take a moment to enjoy a dip in the timeless countryside that flows through our modern suburban landscape. This film was produced by Margaret Eno, Steph Le Feuvre, Laura O'Neill and Jack Reid.
What a fantastic Autumn this is turning out to be, clear skies, crisp bright mornings and lots of wildlife still to be spotted preparing itself for winter. I've picked blackberries by the ton, I'm preparing for apple pressing and I've noticed a good deal of mushrooms – tasty and deadly ones – in the woods. We have had a few unfortunate incidents of pollution along the brook and fly-tipping in St Anne's Wood, but we've also already had an autumn clear-up with Lloyds Banking Group where we picked litter, cleared some brambles and started thinning ash and sycamore saplings in the valley. As you may have heard if you follow us on Facebook or look at the website, we received £9,500 of lottery funding to investigate the archaeology surrounding St Anne's Well and Chapel. Have a look for events relating to this and more in detail on the Autumn/Winter diary attached. If you do spot a pollution incident on the river please report it immediately to the Environment Agency (0800 80 70 60) and fly tipping can be reported to Bristol City Council (0117 922 2100).
In this edition:
1) Archaeology/History events 26th Oct, 29th and 30th November
2) Fungi Foray 20th Oct
3) Friends of the Brook 16th Oct
4) Get involved in community arts! 24th Oct
5) Other stuff
1) Archaeology/History events 26th Oct, 29th and 30th November
Discover Brislington Brook and Brislington Community Archaeology Project will be doing a time-team-style Geophysical survey around St Anne's Well in St Anne's Wood on Saturday the 26th October 2013
As you may well know St Anne's was once an important site of pilgrimage for the people of Bristol who came to a chapel which was built here in her honour in the 13th Century. Despite local legend the "holy" well in St Anne's isn't mentioned in any records until the 1890's when it's famed healing and spiritual properties formed part of a court case against the landlord who tried to prevent local people from visiting the site.
This survey and an auger survey we will be doing on the 29th Nov is to try and find more conclusive evidence about the age of the well!
We will also be going on a trip to the Somerset Heritage Centre on the 30th Nov.
Come and join Discover Brislington Brook and mushroom expert Justin Smith on a 2 hour walk about in Nightingale Valley learning how to identify edible and non-edible mushrooms! Now is the perfect time of year as the woods are abundant with fruiting fungus of all shapes, sizes and colours, come and discover what's on your doorstep.
No need to book just give us an indication as to whether you're coming on FB and turn up. We will be meeting and setting out from the front of the Brooklea Health Centre on Wick Road. Please try and get there 5 or 10 minutes early so we don't leave without you!
Come and join the monthly Friends of Brislington Brook meeting at the Langton Court Hotel on Langton Court Rd where we talk about wildlife, plans fior conserving and improving the valley and generally have a nice time and a pint! Just turn up, we'll be in the back room.
4) Get involved in Community Arts! 24th Oct 7:30-9pm
As a result of the Pilgrims's Way Pageant, we've decided to hold a community meeting to get more local artist, makers and creative involved in shaping how we celebrate next year. If you run a sewing group, a ladies group, a singing group, a drama group or just generally want to get creative then come along and find out more.
There is a meeting on Thursday 24th October at 7.30pm "Mymakeanddo Emporium" on Sandy Park Road, Brislington to talk about the project in more detail and discuss ways in which it could be developed to maximise community involvement, make the end production a memorable event and develop a legacy of on-going arts activity in the area.
Although not in the immediate vicinity I thought you might be interested in Apple Pressing at ST Werburgh's City Farm Apple day on Sunday 20th Oct 12-6pm. Come along and join the fun –music, cider, a BBQ, apple games, storytelling and APPLE PRESSING! If you have apples on your tree or a neighbour with an abundant supply of apples pick them, bring them and take home some juice!
Archived Discover Brislington Brook newsletters can be found here.
The Brislington Community Partnership has received 3 years funding from the Heritage Lottery and Bristol City Council for an exciting new community project, Discover Brislington Brook, which aims to bring the river to life and enable the people to discover its history and wildlife through fun activities, walks, talks and events.
Wedged unassumingly between densely crowded streets, the Brislington Brook corridor is a lush, green, wooded valley, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It feels like a lost and forgotten land, often unknown and brimming with discoveries to be made.
The river runs through Whitchurch, Stockwood, Brislington and St Annes, connecting these communities and acting as an invaluable wildlife corridor. As well as its great environmental value the brook has a fascinating history, the remains of which are evident everywhere; ranging from St Anne's Holy Well, a 13th century pilgrimage site, to the remnants of a Victorian pleasure garden.
There'll be plenty of opportunities to get involved, from river clear-ups to, wildlife walks to a performance recreating the Pilgrim's Way.
If you're interested and want to find out more or volunteer, get in touch with the new project coordinator Rowan Matthiessen on 07737344318 or Rowan.
She will be based at the CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road and will be out on site in the Brislington/Stockwood areas.