Significant effort went into setting up the Community Conference on 24th October in Henbury School with great support from members of the Community Action Plan ( CAP ) Steering Committee , Keith Houghton from our Neighbourhood Partnership and Jose Barco from the First Steps scheme who have helped fund the CAP survey and this conference.
On the Conference day we were honoured to have the Lord Mayor, Councillor Clare Campion-Smith, who came mid morning to encourage us along the path to producing our plan and to help us with Prize Draw. It was the luck of the draw that none of the names drawn were actually present so there will be a presentation of the desirable prizes including £100 cash and 2 months full membership of Henbury Leisure Centre.
The Conference itself commence with a short introduction from Mark Weston, Councillor and Brentry resident, an explanation of the First Steps Programme by Jose Barco and a briefing for the main table workshop sessions by Tim Parkinson.
The morning and afternoon workshop sessions were set up for six tables each. The twelve table topics, which are likely to form the chapters of the CAP were in the morning: Travel & Transport; Arts, Leisure & Culture; Health & Wellbeing; Sport & Fitness; Older People; Community Safety & Crime. In the afternoon the tables were: Education, Learning & Jobs; Community Buildings & Facilities; Youth Opportunities & Services; Parks, Open Spaces & Growing; Housing & Development; Getting Involved, Newsletter & Social Media.
Most of the table discussions, which were looking to prioritise the key features for inclusion in the plan, benefited from the presence of Bristol City Council officers or members of Avon & Somerset Police or Local GP Practice. These people kindly gave up most of the day to support our community and we are grateful to them.
Finally it was left to Tim Parkinson to conclude the conference by inviting further assistance in finalising the plan from those present. (The deadline for completion is the third week of February 2016.)And he did this with a loud peal on his handbell!
Post conference note: The best way to keep abreast of how the plan is developing is to follow our Twitter for Plan @handbcap You will also be able follow progress on henburybrentrycommunity.org.uk and the Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hbccnews