Handfuls of Harmony Autumn Concert

 Please come along and support our wonderful inter-generational choir in their autumn concert. Tickets available on the day on the door, or in advance from the following schools: Ashton Gate, Ashton Vale,  Compass Point, Luckwell, Parson St, St Mary Redcliffe or Southville Primaries.

See poster for full details.

Cameron Balloons rise to the challenge

A huge thank you to Cameron Balloons in Bristol for repairing our play parachute free of charge, benefiting the children across all four of our schools.

Here it is being played with at our ‘French morning’ – an annual event held at Ashton Park School when children from local primary schools experience French-themed games and ordering refreshments in a French café.

My Wild Bedminster

Organisations in Greater Bedminster / BS3 have been working with Avon Wildlife Trust on their My Wild City project since 2016. Matt Collis from Avon Wildlife Trust will be editing special newsletters on wildlife about once a month. This is the first….

September sees the inevitable close of summer and the dawn of autumn. It’s a fantastic month for wildlife in gardens as many creatures make the most of the remaining nectar-filled flowers and the abundant fruits and nuts.


Having hidden away for most of August, garden birds return with freshly grown feathers and are looking their absolute best. They are much more active and vocal again with bird song heard most mornings. Be prepared to hear some weird-sounding songs! Young birds spend September trying to learn what they’re supposed to sound like and many will be out of tune for at least a few weeks!

Dripping with hips and berries, hedgerows are a hive of activity with everything taking advantage of the fruity bounty and are a great place to go looking for wildlife, particularly for moths and hoverflies.

Spiders are very active in the autumn and much more visible as wet weather reveals their intricate webs. Although not everyone’s favourite animal, spiders come in all kind of beautiful shapes and colours. Look out for the classic-shaped orb web of the Common Garden Spider or the bright green body of a Cucumber Spider hanging in hedges and shrubs. They do a wonderful service of keeping flies at bay so be sure to say thank you as you walk by.

Thanks to Finbar Cullen for confirming sightings of the squirrel colony in Victoria Park. Where else in BS3 can they be spotted?

Also, we are still interested in sightings of foxes, hedgehogs, slow worms, diplodocus or anything else that you spot. We’ll be sending soon for your more detailed records of creatures found in gardens, parks and other places throughout the year.

Plant of the month

Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
This tall tower of a plant remains beautiful long after it’s purple flowers stop and many other plants have begun to wilt. Its spiky egg-shaped seed heads are packed full of seeds which garden birds love! The teasel is a favourite of the goldfinch whose bill is perfectly shaped to pick out the individual seeds. Spiders love it too, often building webs between the long flower stalks which can make for a lovely photo.

The teasel is a perfect ‘quiet corner’ plant needing pretty much no management at all. Collect one seed head this month and store over winter. In the spring, remove the seeds from the head and spread over the soil where you’d like the plant to grow. If it spreads too widely, simply dig out the plants you don’t want.

Feed Bristol

Why not visit the wildflower nursery at Feed Bristol to learn more about gardening for wildlife? Avon Wildlife trust’s team of experts will help you pick the right plants for you and to help the wildlife in your back garden. See you there! Feed Bristol, 158 Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HB.


Greater Bedminster Community Partnership want to include information from YOU about wildlife activities in your school, back garden, local park or wherever in BS3, so keep sending them to gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com and paul@southbristolvoice.co.uk. Pictures and drawings too, please.

South Bristol Voice has been working closely with them on this project, so for even more news look at their monthly reports: www.southbristolvoice.co.uk/my-wild-bedminster



Children’s University Graduation


Roger White, Chair of SWBCLT Board presenting at the Children’s University Graduation, Bristol Hippodrome. 

We were delighted to see children from three of our partner schools receive awards at the Children’s University Graduation ceremony at the Bristol Hippodrome in July. Ashton Vale, Compass Point and Ashton Park had students attending and families were entertained by children from our Handfuls of Harmony choir.

Adam, Ashton Park receiving his award.

The Children’s University programme encourages all children aged 5 to 14 years to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative learning activities outside of the school day. These learning activities are designed to raise aspiration, encourage motivation, introduce new life experiences, develop personal skills and progress learning. The annual graduation ceremony sees the students been awarded for the hours spent doing these activities throughout the year.

For more information on Children’s University, see: http://www.childrensuniversitywest.co.uk/

Handfuls of Harmony Choir


Handfuls Of Harmony Choir – New Term Starting

New adult members are welcome at our FREE taster session next Thursday, 14th Sept, 7-9pm at Ashton Park School, Blackmoors Lane, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JL.

Handfuls of Harmony is a friendly, community choir, open to everyone of all abilities. Why not bring a friend for an uplifting evening of song.

For more information, see www.HandfulsofHarmony.org.

SWBCLT AGM – Tues 27th June, 6-8pm

Our co-operative members are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust.

This will be held in the Learning Resource Centre at Ashton Park School from 6-8pm on Tuesday 27th June.

If you would like to attend, please notify Julie Radnedge, Trust Administrator (See ‘Contact Us’ for details) and Julie will email you the meeting agenda.




Handfuls of Harmony Summer Concert

Saturday 17th June sees two performances by Handfuls of Harmony, the choir set up by the South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust. Members from the adult choir will be joined by the children from six local primary school choirs making this a wonderful inter-generational event.

Performances are at 2.30pm and 6.00pm at St Paul’s Church, Coronation Rd, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1DG

Tickets: £5 Adults / £2 Under 18’s are available in advance from the participating schools (below) or on the door on the day.

Ashton Park Secondary
Ashton Vale Primary
Ashton Gate Primary
Compass Point Primary
Luckwell Primary
St Mary Redcliffe Primary
Southville Primary

Community working together for the homeless

WOW! What a great response…..

Thank you so much for your generous donations of toiletries for the homeless. We had a fantastic response to our request for donations and special thanks to those who went out and bought pants, socks, razors, sanitary towels and tampons.

We have allocated the luxury items to the Dean Crescent Women’s Hostel in Bedminster (see photo) and the remainder will be given to homeless shelters in central Bristol.
We will continue to collect items at Ashton Park School until the end of May so please do drop any items in to the school reception.
Many thanks – this is a great example of the community working together for the benefit of others.