‘TOWN MEETING’ IDEAS FOR BEDMINSTER’S RETAIL STREETS
You will recall from our last newsletter we were hosting an important meeting jointly with Action Greater Bedminster - BEDMINSTER'S SHOPS IN 2030: WILL THEY STILL BE HERE?
We had a most constructive meeting with businesses, residents and community groups generating some very useful ideas for the future work of the BID. These will be followed up in the New Year but in the meantime they included the following (priorities listed in bold type):
CHRISTMAS DRINKS AND LAST BOARD MEETING OF THE YEAR
Tomorrow Tuesday at 6pm is the last board meeting of the year and will last only half an hour before Christmas drinks get together invitation to all businesses in the BID area – hope you can join us at 6pm for the board meeting or 630pm for a drink and informal chat if you wish about the BID going forward – at Wetherspoons on Cannon Street.
Plenty of festive activities still to come:
Christmas Tree Illuminations: To celebrate the BIDs return we have taken the opportunity to give our large pavement trees, which reside on North St and West, a bit of much needed love and attention. Taking inspiration from none other than Paris’s Champs-Elysées we will be be creating a little something extra for this years tree illuminations.
Winter Lantern Parade: Bedminster’s hugely iconic and much-loved Winter Lantern Paradereturns for its seventh year. Expect the biggest and best lantern parade yet as the entertainment starts on the traffic free route from 4pm, followed by the spectacular display of lanterns of all shapes and sizes. Saturday 8th December, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, North St.
East Street Festive Illuminations: The the first time in many years we will be creating festive illuminations running down East St. Due to the nature of the road these have been designed to complement the changing architecture and utilise the nooks and crannies the buildings create. East St property owner have been very supportive of this project and we were excited to see the lights turned on for the East St Fair 1st Dec.
West St Carols: Head on down to West Street and spread some Christmas cheer. The Bedminster Citadel Salvation Army Band will be on hand, providing a glorious festive backdrop and with mince pies and mulled wine, what’s not to love! Tuesday 18th December 6pm – 7pm, Mezzaluna, West St.
North Street Nights: In its second year NSN has already got over 40 businesses proudly taking part and hopefully a few more joining in. Running Thursday 6th, 13th and 20th Dec we will see North St Green being used for community festive fun, while the shops keep their doors open till 8pm for all Christmas shopping needs. The North St Nursery has kindly got involved to host a Santa’s Grotto (6th and 13th) and Elf Post office (20th) - Jocelyn is still searching for a Santa so please get in touch if you know of anyone with previous experience of being the big man himself.
Gift Guide: Thank you to everyone who sent in gifts for this years guide. The A5 pamphlet is jam packed with a wide range of Christmas goodies that will be distributed with the next edition of the South Bristol Voice. With 20K copies going out this year we hope to promote the variety of products available from our local stores. Have a sneaky peak HERE.
Santas Letters: Building on the success of last years Santa letters we have enlisted a community of older Elves to hand write responses to local children. Letters posted between 1st - 15th Dec in any of the post boxes, which can be found on East St, West St and North St Green, will be ready for collection from The Elf Post Office (20th Dec). If you or anyone you know would like to join our Elf army to help with responses please contact Jocelyn - this years head Elf - for more details.
GET INVOLVED IN THE BID
If you are interested in becoming more closely involved with the BID, we are an informal, friendly group, whose basic duties are to direct spending for the BID and Town Team. The BID Board meets 6pm on the first Tuesday of each month. Please do get in touch if you'd like to get involved. Alternatively a marketing (and arts, culture) group meets on the last Monday of every month also at 6pm and a Built Environment Group on the first Tuesday monthly at 4pm (please see our calendar here). Alternatively if you prefer drop us a line or telephone us for a chat to discuss any ideas you have that you think the BID should be pursuing.
About the Business Improvement District
Bedminster BID funding is generated via a small levy on all eligible businesses in the area and paid into a central 'kitty' in November each year, to be spent on projects that benefitBedminster businesses.
Our stated priorities are to:
Create vibrant streets that excite and delight
Market and promote Bedminster
Reduce crime and improve the shopping environment
Advocate and lobby for Bedminster business interests
Drive down costs
Business to business news: www.bedminster.org.uk/business
Customer facing website and social media:
George Grace - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jocelyn Wellby - email@example.com
Simon Dicken (Wilko) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stef Brammar (AGB) - email@example.com
Ben Barker - firstname.lastname@example.org
We are most grateful to local accountants Tyrrell Procter and communications experts Plaster for their generous pro bono contributions to our activities.