All posts by Tim Parkinson

Crow Lane – Machin Rd Public right of way application approved

There has been a long delay since 2013 when the application was classed as a valid but after the Planning Inspector directed Bristol City Council to decide on the application by September 1st 2018 and further pressure by our councillor, Mark Weston, the application was considered by a meeting of the PROWG (Public Rights of Way Group) Committee on April 15th 2019.

Having consider a lengthy and detailed report from officers the members of the Committee decided unanimously to authorise the Head of Legal Services to make and advertise a Definitive Map Modification Order to show the footpath in the Definitive Map .

Tim Parkinson 15th April 2019

Crow Lane – Machin Road Public Right of Way claim update

In November 2013 I submitted a claim for a right of way to be established from Crow Lane to Machin Road along the route which had been used without the need to obtain permission and, until 2012 , without any advisory notices displayed, continuously for a period of 20 years or longer prior to 2012. In December 2013 Bristol City Council wrote to advise me that claim had been recorded as valid application.
Nearly four years later the position is that the application is No 7 of nine on the Bristol City Council’s list of applications so I applied to the Secretary of State for a direction stating when the application will be determined. The Planning Inspector has now written to Bristol City Council with a clear direction to determine the application by 1st September 2018

2016 Henbury & Brentry Community Awards Ceremony

This took place at the AXA Sports Centre , Cribbs Causeway on the evening of 23rd September. It was funded by the Neighbourhood Partnership through the Wellbeing fund.
A considerable number of awards were made to people, organisations and businesses that were judged by a local panel to have made a contribution to the life of our community.

After the presentations a fine buffet was enjoyed by those present and those with the greatest stamina enjoyed the disco!

Here is an album of photos supplied by Dennis Broe

And here are all the winners, specially mentioned and runners-up

Overcoming Personal Objectives
Paul Gubb
He has been a husband in a million looking after his wife who has extreme mental and physical problems. He has always has a smile on his face and supports other people.

Young Achiever
Charlie Parkins
She has achieved so much in her young life. Charlie started to learn Taekwondo about 4 years ago and she is now a black belt first Dan. She is an inspiration to young people and helps at open evening for Henbury School where she had received various certificates of achievement.

Parent in a Million
Joint 1st Prize: Rebecca Gilham & Marianna Manolashe,
Special Mention: Paula Scorer
Rebecca is the perfect parent with all her tribe. She parents with love, compassion, skill and fun!
Marianna (her son nominated her) “Mum helps me get to school. She helps me rock. We get out and about every weekend.”
Paula fosters a range of children, She is amazing!

Youth Project
Joint 1st Prize 169th Brentry Scouts, 45th Brentry Guides
169th Brentry Scouts have a long commitment of volunteering to enable children to gain life skills and a wide range of adventures and experiences.
45th Brentry Guides. Community outreach opportunity for girls between 10-14 to experience life skills and events that they may not otherwise have the chance to experience. Always happy to help and have a positive outlook.

Older Adult Project
Henbury Healthy Walking Group – Mr & Mrs Mellett
Ron with his wife has run the Henbury Healthy Walking Group, organising weekly walks and twice yearly day trips. He helps everyone in the group and takes care of the “slower” ones. He brings people that are on their own together and it’s a very friendly group. He is the one that if you are ill is on the phone to you or comes to see you. The project had 7 nominations.

Community Volunteer
Joint 1st prize: Marilyn Britton, Rose Carr.
Runner-ups: Tanya Cussick, John Butler (Bristol Parent Carers)
Marilyn is an outstanding person who puts others before herself. She works hard at the Foodbank, coffee morning and also volunteers with Linkage.
Rose is an amazing, caring, helpful person who goes the extra mile for everyone. She supports and helps people with a smile on her face. A long standing volunteer  she helps with the Youth Club at the Emmanuel Chapel, coffee morning, Foodbank, H&B Community Council, various activities in the community and Linkage.
John and Tanya are responsible for using their initiative to set up and run a support group for parents of children with additional needs. They are warm hearted in their care of others.

Going the extra mile
1st Prize: Dennis Broe,
Runner-ups: Kerry McGuire, David Jones
Dennis is a gem. What would the Village Hall do without him? He is always there with his toolbox and always on hand to help neighbours. He is an outstanding volunteer and always willing to help. He looks after the Church gardens and puts up tables at events. For all that he is doing his only award is a “Thank you”.(8 nominations)
Kerry works at  Brentry Childrens Centre. She always going above and beyond to help those that come in. She has given so much support to many families.
David runs the Henbury and Brentry Childrens Centres and helps with the Branch Community Church.

Long standing volunteer
1st Prize: Marianna Georgiou
Runner-ups: Pearl Semple, Janet Smith
Marianna loves the community. She has helped with the Community Art Group, has been doing the H&B Community Newsletter for 10 years,  helped to set up  FAST Friends Community Group, is on the Community Council and  helps all the schools and various community projects. She helps out in the community a lot and loves to get involved. She is very passionate about helping people.
Pearl always goes out of her way to help others. She also runs bring and buy sales for different charities and helps the Christmas Hampers for senior citizens.
Janet has done so much for friends, neighbours and the community over many years and deserves recognition for all the work she  has done and is doing now.

Good Neighbour
1st Prize: Mrs Jill Campbell
Runner-ups: Brian & Joy Wales, Pat Campbell
Jill is a “good neighbour” in the true meaning of the word. She is always ready to help in an emergency and is great organiser for local events. She is often on hand as a “taxi” taking neighbours to hospital, etc.
Brian and Joy watch over my house when I am away on holidays and can do anything for me.
Pat started a knitting group and she is a good helpful neighbour!

Community Project
1st Prize: Blaise Kitchen Garden – Christine Carroll
Runner-ups: Almshouses Garden – Michael & Linda Flay, Henbury & Brentry Travel Club – Paul Thompson
4 years ago Chris reinstalled Blaise Mansion Kitchen Gardens. She has secured funding, developed a working party, organised community workshops and provided an insight for young children and local schools about organic gardening. She is passionate about this project.
Michael and Linda have refashioned the gardens and Almshouse.They have a  massive part where barbecues are held. They have given pleasure to all the residents in the Almshouse.
Paul  set up the Travel Group 10 years ago and he has brought a lot of people together during this time. It is a holiday for both couples and single people. It is great!

Best Business
1st Prize: Let’s Blow your Top
Runner-ups: Henbury Pet and Garden Supplies, Henbury Fryer
Let’s blow your Top has years of continued support for local charity exploits of particular clientele. At Christmas they sell a large amount of goods for charity within the salon every year. Putting up posters, raffles and dog/cat food collections. All 3 young ladies are very supportive and interested in handmade items donating various supplies- invaluable for making things.
Maria in Henbury Pet and Garden Supplies is always interested in what is going on in our area. She attends local meetings, is very helpful and a nice person to all residents. She will do anything that she can to help in any way, even going the extra mile to help and always has a smile for you. Good service and amazing customer relations.
The Henbury Fryer opens up on Christmas day to invite single elderly people to have a Christmas lunch for free. They are always helpful with a smile.

Community Action Plan – September update

Our Community Action Plan was accepted by the First Steps organisation who funded our project and approved by the Dept. of Communities and Local Government in early April.

The Plan was formally accepted by the Henbury and Brentry Community Council on 21st April.

We held a Launch Event in Henbury Village Hall on 13th July 2016. This was funded by the Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund and was attended by over fifty residents and representatives of local groups and organisations who enjoyed light refreshments prepared by volunteers. Councillor Margaret Hickman spoke warmly on behalf of Bristol City Council in welcoming the plan, which was published at the event. Forty people took away full colour copies of the plan

Two versions of the Plan are available from the links below:

Full plan complete with photos/ drawings/graphics

Text of the full plan without photos, etc

Full Survey graphical summaries

and a table of all 133 specific actions embedded in the plan can be viewed here (if you need the password please use the register option): Specific Actions in our CAP

Work has now commenced on delivering the plan with very significant progress on the Community Centre front (see separate post for details) and the team facilitating the provision of Youth Services and Facilities is setting about bringing together all organisations involved with youth in the area to adopt a general approach

If you would like a full copy of the plan please request one by email to

Community Action Plan – Publication details

Our Community Action Plan was accepted by the First Steps organisation who funded our project and approved by the Dept. of Communities and Local Government in early April.

The Plan was formally accepted by the Henbury and Brentry Community Council on 21st April.

We a re  planning a Launch Event the evening of Wednesday 13th July at 7:00 pm (NB changed from original post)to which everyone is invited especially those people and organisations who contributed to survey and the content of the plan. Venue is Henbury Village Hall

Full  colour versions of the plan will be available by the end of June

Meanwhile therere are two versions of the Plan:

Full plan complete with photos/ drawings/graphics

Text of the full plan without photos, etc

Full Survey graphical summaries

and a table of all 133 specific actions embedded in the plan can be viewed here (if you need the password please use the register option): Specific Actions in our CAP


Community Awards – 2016 – NEW DATE – 23rd September 2016

This evening event is planned for 23rd September 2016 at the Lawns venue of the AXA Sun Life Sports Ground.

Please, if you consider if anyone you know has made a significant contribution to our Community and thus deserves  our recognition, nominat e him / her using the form delivered with the newsletter or using this online link:  Nomination for 2016 Awards

Thank you


Henbury Rail Station Consultation- Last exhibition

Henbury Rail Station Consultation

 The consultation for Henbury rail station location starts on November 30 2015 and lasts until 25 January 2016

  • There’s one remaining exhibition on:
  • Wednesday 9 December 2015

At Henbury Library, Crow Lane, Henbury, Bristol BS10 7DR

from 2pm until 7pm

  • Further information and the consultation questionnaire can be accessed at:
  • If you would rather complete a hard copy, you can contact Metrowest through the website or write to:

0117 903 6868

MetroWest Phase 2: Henbury station location consultation

Engine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads

Bristol BS1 6QH