Community First Applications: apply now!

The final year of Community First Funding has arrived.


Friday 22nd August 2014 & Tuesday 30th September 2014

New applications are now being invited from any local community group which can deliver work in Henbury and Southmead around the following themes:

– Providing activities and things to do for young people

– Supporting activities for older people that combat isolation, including for minority ethnic older people

– Supporting improved communication in Henbury and Brentry and getting older and young people working together

– Developing a Community Centre for Henbury and Brentry

– Getting people using green spaces and allotments across Henbury and Brentry

IMPORTANT: Because this is the final year of the Community First Programme all projects must be completed and have spent any monies awarded by the END OF FEBRUARY 2015. Please make sure your project can deliver within this timescale before applying.

You can download the guidelines and application form for this fund below. You’ll also find the Henbury and Brentry Community Plan below.

H B Guidelines for applicants 2014 v7.00

H B Application Form Jan 2014 v 5.00

Henbury and Brentry Community First Plan March 2013

Community Award Winners

The Henbury and Brentry Community Awards were celebrated at the Lawns Club on 27th June 2014. The event was brilliantly organised by a small team of residents led by Rose Carr  with terrific support from Lynn Parfitt from Henbury and Southmead Neighbourhood Partnership. A full report is contained in the latest (Summer 2014) issue of the Henbury and Brentry Community News.

The award winners were:

Community Volunteer – Janet Smith

Going the Extra Mile – Shirley Burton

Good Neighbour – Pearl Semple

Long Standing Volunteer – Maddy Powell

Youth Project – Marianna Pafitit-Georgiou

Outstanding Personal Achievement – Jean Sallabank

Older Adult Project – Edna Hewitt

Overcoming personal obstacles – Faith Thompson

Community Project – Brailsford Chrsitmas Lights

Parent / Carer in a million – Claire Bannister

Two photos supplied by Anthony Skelding

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Travel Group livens up Montenegro

Here is Paul Thompson’s report of the very succesful trip the Travel Group made to Montenegro and Croatia at the end of May 2014:




The article in the Norwegian ‘In flight’ magazine read ‘Montenegro – the most beautiful country you have never thought of visiting’.

A bold statement, so we arrived late evening into Dubrovnik airport full of expectancy for the week ahead.

After a very swift clearance through immigration (apart from one member of the group whose luggage decided to remain in Gatwick) into Croatia our first task was to negotiate the border into Montenegro. Only a brief wait and spirits were high after actually gaining a stamp in our passports (obviously a group that was easily pleased!) As it was now past midnight any scenery would have to wait until later to be enjoyed.

Our base for the week was to be the Adriatic coastal resort of Budva, popular in July/August with many Russian tourists, but pleasantly warm and non crowded in late May.

The resort kept us occupied during our ‘free’ time by wandering the narrow alleyways of the old town, messing about in boats to local islands or just lounging on the beach and in cafes.

Three trips were organised, firstly one around the stunning ‘Bay of Kotor’, a beautiful lake surrounded by small villages and the small town of Tivat, similar to the marina at Portishead. The Old Town of Kotor was a great surprise, again with narrow alleys to explore.

We also had a circular trip around the countryside of Montenegro (population approximately the size of Bristol). After passing through the rather non descript capital of Podgorica (Titograd for those of you who remember Yugoslavia) the country opened out into mountains with hairpin bends that would test even the most experienced coach driver, crystal clear rivers, canyons, spectacular bridges and plants that added colour to the roadside.

Our third stop was across another border (no stamp this time) and into Albania for a walk around the town of Shkodra. Free flowing wine at lunch time ensured most of the group made an attempt at learning a local dance.

Our last day saw us back in Dubrovnik, this time arriving into port by boat after a fish meal on a sun kissed island. (This was memorable for one member of the group after they chose a cactus to sit on rather than a more conventional chair!)

I got the feeling that the high tourist city of Dubrovnik had been relegated into a firm second place after the many delightful surprises Montenegro threw up.

Where next? Watch this space.




Henbury and Brentry Awards ceremony June 27th 2014


Do you know someone  who has given a lot to the local community, supported a group or individual, overcome a personal obstacle or just ‘gone that extra mile’. If so please pick up a nomination form from Henbury Library or either of the local surgeries and nominate the person / people you have in mind. Alternatively you can use this link : nominate on line . Names of all those who nominate  will be placed in a draw for a £25 gift voucher

There are limited tickets available for those who have not been nominated for the award ceremony on 27th June  which will be held atThe Lawn’s Station, Henbury, Bristol, BS107TB ( Formally the Sun life sports ground)

Anyone else wanting to attend please can they go to the Henbury Library and leave their details. The cost will be £4.00 per head. If people have been successful they can pick up and pay for tickets the week of the 23rd June at Henbury Library.

Please note that this event is organised by Lynn Parfitt of the local Neighbourhood Partnership and a team of local residents with some resources from the Henbury & Brentry Community Council. To avoid any misunderstanding or confusion the current serving officers of the latter organisation have decided they do not wish to accept nomination.

Campaign for Henbury Loop station and rail line

Alison Devonshire of the BS10 Parks & Planning Group writes as below in the May issue of the  Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways Newsletter  in support of this campaign: –

It is absolutely essential that the Henbury Loop opening for passenger traffic should be accelerated to run in tandem with Metro Phase 1 — together with station openings in the area. We need to put continuing pressure on the local authorities (and government) to secure funding for this to happen.

  • The Henbury loop needs to be opened urgently to cope with the 8,000 new homes planned on the Northern Fringe. We do not want another Portishead fiasco.

  • North Bristol roads are already full to capacity. We will also have to factor in the opening of the new Southmead Hospital in May this year.

  • The Metro-Bus is not a “one fits all solution”.

  • Existing roads do not lend themselves to bus-only routes.

Integrated transport infrastructure needs to be installed before the houses are built at the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN). If residents move into the new developments without the availability of good quality public transport, they will use their cars and create a traffic pattern that is very hard to break. This will encourage a trend of habitual car use. Railway upgrades should be considered as priority — then a two-car family could go down to one car, which will reduce the family expenditure and carbon footprint.

Proposed mitigation such as a couple of road junction upgrades and some traffic light control will not solve this colossal problem.

There is a link to FOSBR newsletters under menu option Worthwhile Links in left hand menu but the May issue was not uploaded on 8th May