Henbury and Brentry Community Council are pleased to announce that on Wednesday 9th November we were successful in gaining the Henbury Centre as a Community Asset Transfer from Bristol City Council!
Our area has needed a Community centre for a very long time. In January 2013 the H&BCC members formally decided to work to establish a community centre. The survey carried out in 2015 as the basis for the Community Action Plan showed that 71% of you agreed that this was an important asset for our neighbourhood.
The process consisted of a three stages:
Step one: beginning with a face to face interview with staff from Bristol City Council,
Step 2: submitting a business case (that’s where the Community Action Plan and survey came in handy!)
Step 3: finally all the information was submitted to BCC’s finance department for approval.
Work has already started on rebranding, planning activities and designing a website for managing bookings.
We hope to open the doors to you in early December 2016 so look out for more information on dates and events coming soon. We have a dedicated management committee who are looking for volunteers to help with the Centre, so if you feel you have some time to spare please do get in touch with us via So get in touch using the CONTACT US in the top menu link. We also have a new Community Centre website on Henbury and Brentry Centre
So, get involved, contact us and see you soon!
This building in Machin Road was to be subject to the Bristol City Council (BCC) Community Asset Transfer process but no community organisation including H&BCC came forward. (The H&BCC Committee decided it did not have the resourcess to take over and run the building).
BCC are now about to finalise a three year lease of the building to a charity called Kids Company or KidsCo, who work with youngsters with emotional and behavioural difficulties who are unable to attend normal schools. Their multidisciplinary approach combines health, housing, emotional wellbeing, mental health, arts, sports, youth justice, education and employment. These interventions are designed to strengthen, supplement or substitute the child’s parenting experience.
KidsCo will utilise the whole building from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm five days a week during school terms working with up to 12 15-16 yr olds on a one to one basis.
Under the terms of the lease to be finalised the build will be available from 3:30 pm on two evenings a week and all weekend for wider community uses.
Learning Partnership West will have some access for youth activites on other evenings.
The second round of Community First grants for 2013/14 is open.
Please note there’s a new application form. It’s in many way simpler than the previous one – more tick boxes rather than open text boxes.
The next deadline is: Tuesday 27th August 2013
H B Application Form July 2013 v 4.00
H B Guidelines for applicants 2013 v5.00
We finally received 147 responses and thanks to those who worked hard to achieve this total.
A full analysis of the responses received can be viewed here
Clearly this detailed analysis needs to be incorporated into a document for publication. This will follow in due course.
Apply for Funding
The third year’s Community First funding for 2013/14 is now open for applications. The first deadline for applications is 12noon on Monday 24th June 2013. There is a total of £8,488 in the 2013/14 Community First allocation for Henbury/Brentry.
12noon on Monday 24th June 2013
12noon on Tuesday 27th August 2013
These are the Fund Priorities:
- 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
For any support or to discuss your application contact firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 0117 9222135
Download the application form and guidelines below:
H B Application Form Mar 2013 v3.00
H B Guidelines for applicants 2013 v5.00
There is a possibility that the current Youth Centre building, Brentry Lodge in Machin Road, will become surplus in the new Youth services setup. This is not yet resolved but has raised the further possibility of the building being offered to the Community under Bristol City council’s Asset Transfer Scheme.
Thus two basic questions need to asked and answered: –
One is do we, the Community, actually want a Community Centre?
The second is who, in the Brentry and Henbury Community would take on the management of any such centre?
The first priority is clearly to answer the first question and the Community Council meeting on January 17th will address this and, hopefully, launch a full scale enquiry process. PLEASE DO COME ALONG and help us do this.