In 2011 the Brislington Community Partnership received three years funding from the Heritage Lottery and Bristol City Council for an exciting community project, Discover Brislington Brook, which aimed 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.
The project was a great success, and celebrations still take place at the yearly St Anne's Pilgimage.
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.
Last newsletter from the project head, Rowan Mathiesson, 2014
This is my final communication before I sign out and move on to new pastures. It has been a remarkable project to be involved with - thank you to everyone that's made it the success it has been!
If you wish to hear about or get involved in events and activities to do with wildlife, heritage and the environment along the Brislington Brook, the Friends of Brislington Brook (FoBB) will be carrying on some of the good work started by the project.
Please keep checking the website and the Facebook Page as they will still be updated regularly and will have the Oral Histories and the new teachers resource packs uploaded in the near future.
I have also attached the final evaluation report written for our funders, it's quite long but there's lots of interest in there as well!
Our final events are as follows
Community Costume Making: Sat 12th and Weds 23rd July 12-5pm at Eastwind's Scout Hut, St Anne's Terrace, Brislington, BS4 4DY
Bunting making with a glass of wine: Fri 11th July 7:30 - 9pm at Make and Do Emporiun, 83, Sandy Park Rd
AND most importantly:
St Anne's Day Pageant: Sat 26th July 12pm starting at the Pilgrim Inn pub on Hollywood Rd, Brislington walking to St Anne's Woods!
and St Anne's Day Festival: Sat 26th July 2-5pm in St Anne's Woods, Brislington with a grand opening by the Lord Mayor of Bristol