Head2Toe: She and Hem Takeover!

We were recently invited by Bedminster BID to come and spend some quality shopping time in good ol’ Bemmie as part of their #Head2Toe challenge, which celebrates all things thrifty. As a couple of potential future Bargain Hunt contestants, we are always very happy to rummage for hidden treasures which is fortunate as Bedminster is a haven of quirky second hand shops, cool vintage shops, and of course, your humble charity shops. We jumped at the chance to spend some time in an area of Bristol that we don’t often get to explore, especially when set the challenge of pulling together an outfit each.

We waved farewell to our toddlers at Windmill City Farm (we didn’t leave them to their own devices, the Dads were there too) and set off with our money bags to North St, West St and East St.

As vintage lovers, we headed straight to two favourites on North St, Rhubard Jumble and Patina Vintage (conveniently they are pretty much opposite each other). They are both such lovely shops and we spent a very long time admiring their wares and trying on all sorts of wonderful things. We even spotted some Able Mabel headbands in Rhubarb Jumble, a place where we both found success! Victoria left with with an exceptionally jazzy animal print shirt, whereas I found the perfect pink jumpsuit!

We then hit A LOT of charity shops which was excellent fun. We naturally got sidetracked by all the fun toys and books for the girls but we also had a lot of success in the clothes department too. We both hit the jackpot in St Peter’s Hospice where Victoria found the perfect pair of M&S trousers, to go with her funky shirt, for the princely sum of £5.99! I (Jo) was on a complete roll and managed to bag an entire second outfit for £5.98. The poppy print dress and red belt go perfectly together and yes I am aware how smug I look about it! I must say, as a pregnant lady, I find charity & vintage shopping especially rewarding. It’s really hard when most of your wardrobe doesn’t fit anymore but nobody wants to spend a fortune on clothes that they might not want to wear post baby!

So, what do you think? Did we do well with our outfits?

J&Vx

FACE OF THE HIGH STREET: Claire Dadswell - Glass Designs

Glass Designs was established on North Street 16 years ago and true to the name Claire Dadswell is creating 20 custom stained glass mirrors ready to as we walk in.

Having always had a creative streak, Claire moved from London to Bristol and immediately began working and training at a glass shop in the city centre. Falling in love with the precision and skill, it only made sense for her to purchase ‘Glass Designs’ when the opportunity arose eight years ago.

 Bedminster has been Claire’s home for many years and having the chance to combine her passion for stained glass and work within the heart of the community made perfect sense.

Before purchasing Glass Designs, she based herself locally in two studios on North Street so the area has always felt like home to her and the sense of community on the street continues to make it an enjoyable place to work.

Glass Designs also works with a number of local artists who fill the shop with lots of unique pieces. Claire explains that since taking over the shop 8 years ago, she has been able to expand the capacity for other independent artists to get involved and enjoys being able to work alongside other members of the community.

Claire studied Fine Art Painting at UCA Farnham so has always had a creative side and loves nothing more than being able to “design, colour and create”.

Having always been very involved in the area, she talks about how the community has a really lovely vibe and everyone on the street is really helpful.  Claire is one of the area’s biggest team players and continues to feel like she can be connected to all areas of Bedminster through the ongoing community effort.

Glass Designs can be found at 261 North Street and is open all week between 10-6, apart from Sunday when they’re open 11-3. You can find more information here: http://www.dadswellglass.co.uk/

Face of the High Street: Charles Herbert - The Chiropractic Centre

Charles Herbert loves a party, so it only made sense that when he and his partner Matthew opened the second Bristol location of their chiropractic practice on North Street that it would feel like a party from the minute you walked in. From a very friendly welcome, to the open layout of the treatment room, TCC Southville is changing the game in Bristol and stepping away from the clinical and making caring for your spine a little bit more fun. 

The Chiropractic Centre opened above Hobbs House Bakery in January of this year and Charles has been running this location and falling in love with Bedminster ever since. What brought him to Bedminster was opportunity on the south of the river, but what will keep him here for many more years is the feel of Bedminster and the people that make it so special.

Charles speaks about the way the business was received before they had even opened their doors and were popping up at the Tobacco Factory Sunday Market. Now, 7 months on they say how wonderful it's been to fit into this community. Charles' Bedminster favourites at the minute would have to be Souk Kitchen and Birch but he is slowly eating his way around the neighbourhood and is always interested in trying new places!

Charles grew up in the Bristol area with his family being very involved in the Bristol business community. He has seen the city grow and evolve over the years and it had always been a dream of his to do business here one day. After Uni in South Wales, chiropractic school and the beginnings of his career in Essex, Charles returned to Bristol in 2012 to set up the first Chiropractic Centre in Bristol, up in Clifton. Now in Bedminster, the team is only growing. The Southville branch has two incredible chiropractors, a massage therapist and Judy, the office manager that makes the whole place work in perfect harmony. 

Charles believes in optimising your body and that chiropractic, like an oil change on your car, is something that is essential to keeping your body running smoothly and free from pain. Stop by and see the team and you're sure to be blown away by the service, smiles and party atmosphere! 

TCC Southville is open Mon/Wed/Fri 8am-1pm, 3pm-7pm, above Hobbs House Bakery at 217b North Street

Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade: Winter is coming - again - but it needs your help!

It may be summer now, but the group behind the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade is already preparing for winter! Organisers say however, the three month project can only go ahead if sufficient funds are raised by the end of July.

This year they’ve set up a brand new Community Lanterns Fund and you can donate by Paypal. Every £1 contributed counts…from tea parties, cake sales, sponsored runs…Details are on the bwlp website; www.bwlp.org.uk.

Volunteers from the group will also be visiting local businesses along the Parade route for donations and sponsorship. Already Andrews Estate Agents, solicitors Barcan Kirby and Mark’s Bread, have pledged their support, as well as the Bedminster Business Improvement District.

BWL Chair, Malcolm Brammer, says “our message is clear, BS3 its down to you. If you want another spectacular community event this winter, please make it happen by making a donation to our online bucket before the end of July.”

Organisers are hoping to start the project in local schools and community centres this autumn with a Parade date still to be finalised.

Face of the high street: Darren - Compuwave Computers

Having run a business in Bedminster for the last 15 years, Darren from Compuwave Computers knows something about the community that we have all grown to love.

Opening his first stop on Raleigh Road 15 years ago, Compuwave has occupied some of our favourite North Street spots throughout the years, and they are now firmly settled in the heart of the street.  

Darren moved to Bedminster 20 years ago and immediately had the desire to leave his job at IBM to work at pursuing his dream of owning his own business. Compuwave started out as a small back-room home business, but Darren soon invested in his first shop on Raleigh Road, before he chose to relocate to North Street and join the ever-growing group of independent shops that he saw to be thriving.

Compuwave is a computer sales and repairs shop that is filled with bundles of gadgets, screens and a couple of tech-loving employees.  From the moment you enter, expect to be greeted with friendly sarcasm and a playful pair. They continue to build solid relationships with their new and returning customers and laugh about their ‘celebrity’ customers that come in from time to time. Continually praising the sense of community that keeps the street successful and a place they can call ‘home’, Darren has watched as both his business and North Street have flourished into a hub of life, community and activity.

Originally from Exeter, Darren fell in love with Bristol because of the pace of life, variety and diversity and chose to stay once he and his children became firmly settled in what he describes as ‘the Bristol life’. It was the perfect place to build a business, surrounded by traders on the street that have now become close friends.

In 2018, Compuwave was voted in the ‘Top 3 Computer shops in Bristol’ – something they are extremely proud of achieving, having started as a small back-room business.  His shop has grown into something Darren, his family and his friends are all extremely proud of and he hopes to continue to provide his service to the community for many more years to come.

Return of East Street Summer Fayre

On Saturday 13th July, between 10am – 5pm, East Street will host a wide array of fun food and entertainment for all the family, as the East Street Summer Fayre returns for a fun day celebrating everything that Bedminster has to offer.

The East Street Summer Fayre will feature a selection of local food and drink traders serving up some of the tastiest snacks and refreshing drinks to keep you going throughout the day. Expect to see food stalls from Stan Butt Butchers, Bubble Play Café, Viva La Mexicana and many more. Whilst, local pub, The Assembly will be setting up a mini bar.

Lots of local businesses are set to get involved, including, St Peter’s Hospice who will be out in force celebrating their birthday, giving visitors the chance to grab a slice of cake from their stall.

Other additions include Pets Palace, who will be selling all their wonderful handmade products, and local favourite, Trylla will be setting up for a day of community fun with a lucky dip and all your in store favourites.

There will be plenty to keep the children busy, with a bouncy castle, didi car racetrack and face painting, visitors can sit back, relax and enjoy the perfect family day-out atmosphere.

With food stalls and entertainment announcements still to be made, the line-up is ever-growing and shaping up to be the perfect family day out.

If you are interested in getting involved then get in touch with Olivia from Bubble Play Café on 07983458663

Whats on : Bristol Food Connections 2019

Bristol Food Connections is coming to Bedminster!

Tomorrow marks the beginning of BFC 2019 and this year some of our favourite Bedminster venues are getting involved so be sure to head down and see what is going on.

The event runs from 12th – 23rd June and will see people visiting the street to stamp their food passport and taste some of the finest Bedminster has to offer!

Venues that are involved include:

 

-          El Rincon

-          Southville Deli

-          Milkshake Express

-          Tincan Coffee Co

-          Hobbs House Bakery

-          Zara’s Chocolates

-          Hugo’s Greengrocer

-          The Old Bookshop

-          Storysmiths

-          Bubble Play Café

-          The Thali Restaurant

-          Albatross

-          Tobacco Factory

 

You can find more information on their website at https://www.bristolfoodconnections.com/

Cleaner Bedminster Street Project

The Bedminster BID is working with the Bristol City Council to try and improve the appearance of the retails streets in the city. One initiative about to begin is graffiti removal training for local volunteer residents.

Two courses are available, the Certified Course is four hours long and the Introductory Course is 90 minutes long. Each volunteer will leave with a kit relevant to the course they’ve taken.

The following training sessions are available:

Tuesday 11 June: 9.30am-1.00pm- Certified Course (11 places available), TBC

Tuesday 11 June: 4.00pm-8.00pm- Certified Course (11 places available), City Hall

Wednesday 12 June: 10.00am-2.00pm- Certified Course (11 places available), TBC

Wednesday 12 June: 3.00pm-7.00pm- Certified Course (11 places available), City Hall

Wednesday 12 June: 7,30pm-9.00pm- Introductory Course (25 places available), City Hall

If this is something you’d like to be involved in, please e-mail business@bedminster.org.uk

Thanks so much,

Bedminster BID Team

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What's on the June in Bedminster!

As summer officially begins, we’re doing everything we can to stay outside this June. Bedminster is BURSTING with events, gigs and special foodie experiences.

Here’s our round up for this month, bring on the long days, sunshine and all things BS3!

Family

Wyldwood Arts: Playing Together @ Tobacco Factory Theatres

Mondays at 10:30am, £2.50/participant, accompanying parents and carers go free

A new session inviting older and younger people to come together to interact through play, music, movement and crafts. The sessions are suitable for pre-school children and babies and older adults, including those living in care homes. Come along to share the joy of playing together!

Exploring Bedminster

Bedminster Secret Gardens

15-16 June 12-5pm

Ever wonder what’s behind all of Bedminster’s brick row house? Now is your opportunity to have a peek inside and see the creative, productive and beautiful hidden gardens of BS3. See the website for a guide to over 25 of Bedminster’s secret gardens.

Art Street Market @ Tobacco Factory Sunday Market

Sunday 23 June, 10am-2:30pm

A special street market on Raleigh Road filled with local artists, a children’s workshop by Let’s Make Art (https://www.facebook.com/letsmakeartkids/), live music from The Brass Disciples and live art demos! Bring the whole family for this special market Sunday!

Gig Feature

Campfire Club Bristol @ Windmill Hill City Farm  

Thursdays in June, £16

Campfire Club is famous for giving Londoners a way to gather in a beautiful green space and listen to music from all over the world, now they’ve finally come to Bristol. Coming together the way we have for thousands of years to enjoy music, food and drink around an amazing campfire.

Thursday 6th June: Harri Endersby
Thursday 13th June: Sam Lee
Thursday 20th June: Alasdair Roberts
Thursday 27th June: Ye Vagabonds

Sport

Break the Cycle @ Ashton Gate

June 30, £35.00-£42.50/rider

Returning for its ninth year, Break the Cycle is a charity bike ride that raises money for Bristol Sport’s family of charities. More than 250 cyclists will suit up and complete one of three routes (40 miles, 65 miles, 100 miles) for an unforgettable day of cycling around our beautiful city and supporting an amazing cause.

Restaurant Feature

Thali

Thali started as a food truck at Glastonbury and brings India’s amazing flavours to a small restaurant on North Street. Thali strives to ‘do more with less’ and prides itself on being sustainable and using seasonal and local ingredients to minimise their impact on the environment.

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Face of the High Street: James - JamesB Hair

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James believes in sustainability, creating a community and that hair and beauty should be a service for yourself and not for others. His brand new salon at the top East Street combines all of those things into a beautifully designed haven of self care.

James first opened JamesB Hair on West Street in March 2017 after several years of renting a chair in various salons in Bedminster. Since then, his team has grown to 5 stylists and he’s hoping to add a sixth as early as next week as they grow and expand into their new space on East Street that will soon be your one-stop shop for beauty and wellness.

When asked what his favourite part of Bedminster was he simply said: “Bedminster is Bristol.” He’ll always send friends who are visiting to Bedminster to give them a real idea of the city, its people and its community spirit.

JamesB Hair is a sustainable salon. The products they use are vegan and cruelty-free, the shower hoses use 60% less water than conventional salon hoses and every piece of equipment was bought second hand. James is working closely with his suppliers to find methods to up-cycle things like the foil used for highlights and the hair that is swept off the floor each day is used by his partner in their garden at home, an excellent and natural pest deterrent he says. The salon recycles everything that it can and only throws out one bag of rubbish per month!

James has big plans for the future, including adding a ‘hair lab’ that will tackle issues such as hair loss, scalp issues and other challenges people are faced with. All services that James and his team provide exist to help people feel better about themselves and lead to a better quality of life.

Come in and meet the team at JamesB Hair, sit around the table while your hair is being coloured and chat with other clients and get your hair washed in the amazing room where sounds and lights take your through an immersive and relaxing experience. The salon is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.00am-6.00pm.

CALLING BEMMIE DESIGNERS!

This summer, the Bedminster BID will release a new tote bag that will be available in your favourite Bemmie businesses. The tote will represent what it means to live, work and play in Bedminster. We’re looking for local designers to make their mark on this new tote and create a design that shows Bedminster’s passion, community spirit and independence.

The winning design will appear on at least 2000 tote bags, distributed around the area and will help Bedminster become more sustainable in our bid to reduce the usage of plastic bags for shopping in the area!

The Brief:

Design a logo to be printed on the Bedminster BID’s tote bags that exemplifies Bedminster’s local, independent, community spirit.

Design must haves:

  • Be related to Bedminster, showcasing its original Bristol spirit

  • Help the tote to be a must have item for shoppers in Bedminster

  • 3 colours only

  • 280mm x 260mm

Timeline:

9 June: Deadline for submissions

11 June: Short List of finalists announced via social media

13 June: Winner announced!  

Money Talks:

The successful artist will receive a £300 payment, once the design is submitted, the Bedminster BID will cover the cost of printing and distribution of the tote bags. The artist will be profiled on the BID website and social media channels, with the tote being featured on at least 2000 bags in the area.

Ready to Enter?

Submit a high res file of your design to bedminster@weareplaster.com by 11.59pm Sunday 9 June 2019, with any accompanying rationale or background on yourself and your inspiration.


The small print:

  1. Contest is only open to residents of the United Kingdom who are at least 18 years old on the date that they submit the entry.

  2. Entries that have been completed by a third party, are illegible or are plagiarised will not be considered.

  3. By submitting your entry and any accompanying material, you agree that, in the event that you are the winner of the competition, you waive all intellectual property rights with full title guarantee to your entry over to the Bedminster BID.

  4. The Bedminster BID will process information about you in accordance to current GDPR standards. Once the winner is decided on all information will be destroyed and none will be passed on to any third party organisations.

  5. If you are a short-listed finalist or the winner, you agree that the Bedminster BID may use your name in all announcements in relation to this design contest.

  6. Short listed finalists  will be selected by the members of the Bedminster BID board, with the winner selected by online and social media votes in the BID social media channels.

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Face of the High Street: Georgia & Charlotte- Ivory Flowers & Olive Tree Beauty

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Running a business alongside a friend sounds about as close to ‘The Dream’ as you can get and that’s exactly what Charlotte and Georgia are doing in their wonderful shop on North Street, home to both Olive Tree Beauty and Ivory Flowers. Charlotte is the face behind Olive Tree Beauty, Georgia heads up Ivory Flowers and together, they’re taking on the wild world of business ownership.

The two grew up as neighbours on Raleigh Road and love calling Bedminster home, so made sense to build their careers in this amazing community. Georgia and Charlotte have seen the area expand and develop into an incredible place to live and do business. They spoke of how nicely the new has complemented the traditional and how the community feel has never gone away. They feel supported by their fellow business owners in the area and love that they can walk down the street and recognise the customers they’ve developed such an amazing relationship with.

Georgia began working at Ivory Flowers when was starting out as a florist. At the time the shop was owned by Xanthe Ivory who, 18 months ago, decided she would be selling the business after the birth of her child.  Seizing the opportunity to own her own business, Georgia began learning the ins and outs of business management from Xanthe, who trained her to eventually take over the business at the end of last summer.

Georgia got into floristry a bit by chance. She was studying sociology at UWE when a family friend organised a two-week work experience for her at their shop. After those two weeks, Georgia was all in. She left university to begin learning the trade and building her career, all of which eventually led her to North Street and Ivory Flowers.

Ivory Flowers has always had another business share the space, up until last summer it was Zara’s Chocolates who has since expanded into a bigger shop further down North Street. When the space opened up, Georgia was quick to get in touch with Charlotte, whose beauty therapy business was the perfect fit.

Charlotte trained as a massage therapist when she left school and has since received qualifications in reflexology, waxing and threading to round out her beauty therapy offerings. She was working at the Clifton Lido when Georgia came to her with the idea to open up her own business with her on North Street.

It’s been an amazing nine months for Charlotte; with future plans to extend her offering, hire an employee and maybe expand into some extra space at the back of the shop, she doesn’t seem to be slowing down either.

Charlotte and Georgia are a new breed of business partner, running two separate businesses side-by-side, both selling very different products but having each other to work with and be supported by. It’s the direction a lot of small, young businesses are moving in, choosing to opt for a co-working environment rather than being completely on their own. We’re happy to see this kind of collaboration happening in Bedminster, too. This option gives small businesses the opportunity to be on the high street and develop their brands together.

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Face of the High Street: Lindsay & Joel- Toyville

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Lindsay is from Trinidad, Joel is Welsh and they met working together in London, moved to Bristol eight years ago and opened Toyville on North Street in 2016. It’s that kind of journey that’s so common amongst the business owners in Bedminster, a mix of backgrounds and experiences that shape this amazing community of traders.

When Lindsay and Joel moved to Bristol, they chose Bedminster through a recommendation from a friend and haven’t looked back. The two have seen the area evolve and developed strong loyalties with the area’s traders. Lindsay’s Bedminster favourite would have to be Clarks Pies, while Joel very proudly pointed to his Friendly Records t-shirt when asked the same question. For them, it was very clear that when the time came for the duo to open their new shop, there was no other option than the place they already called home.

The idea for Toyville came from an observation that South Bristol was missing a good quality toy store. The products that line the shelves have a certain timelessness to them, as if you know when you buy one that it will be cherished and passed down between siblings or even generations. The couple’s five-year-old son makes sure that all new additions to the offering are thoroughly tested before hitting the shelves, so rest assured they’re 100% kid-approved.

Although the front windows are lined with toys, crafts and games for children, Toyville also carries a huge selection of board games for the big kids of the world, too. Carrying the tried and true classics and some of the more obscure, Lindsay and Joel are on hand to help guide anyone in their quest for the perfect board game. Toyville hosts two games nights a month in partnership with the Hen & Chicken and Bristol Beer Factory for those who are looking for a different kind of pub night, or to test out a game before they buy (to make sure the friendships stay intact...). 

Lindsay and Joel say that the best thing about doing business in Bedminster is being part of such an amazing community. Their customers have become friends and they appreciate the support they’ve received in the last two years.

Thinking forward to Christmas time, their eyes bulge out of their heads a bit when they think about their little store supporting the increased stock and people that time of year brings. There is talk of moving to a bigger space but only on one condition: that bigger space is on North Street.

 

Toyville is open Monday-Saturday 10.00am-6.00pm and Sunday 12.00pm-4.00pm or you can shop online at www.toyvilleshop.co.uk

What's on this May in Bedminster

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And just like that, we’re into May!

With two big school holidays and the weather kicking into summer mode, there’s so many things going on this month.

Here are our favourites, we’ve even included a new Restaurant of the Month feature for you to eat your way around BS3!

FOR THE KIDS

Let’s Make Art: Design an Album Cover @ Friendly Records

Saturday 11 May, 10.30am-12.00pm, £6.50, children 8+

Let’s Make Art takes over the Friendly Records event space for a Saturday morning of creativity for children 8 and up. Using paper cut collage, kids will be able to design and create their own album cover to take home! All materials are included.

25 years of Tobacco Factory @ Tobacco Factory

25-26 May

Cirque de Silk, Upfest, Kids crafts, swing bands, an extended market and so much more to celebrate 25 years of the Tobacco Factory over the bank holiday weekend. Bring the family and come by for a truly Bedminster day out.

A NIGHT AT THE PUB

Jokewalk @ The Ropewalk

Sunday 12 May, Doors: 7.30pm, Show: 8.00pm

FREE Stand-Up comedy from the finest comedians in the Southwest! Happening every second Sunday, head upstairs in the Ropewalk for an unbelievable night of knee-slapping comedy.

Payday @ North Street Standard

31 May, 8.00pm

On the last Friday of every month, the North St. Standard brings in a live DJ to take us into the weekend. This month, Revert will be spinning the tunes from 8-close! Dust off those dancing shoes and pop by for a pint, or three!

RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH

Thai Garden

Thai Garden offers the most authentic Thai experience and it’s in the heart of Bedminster. With good food, reasonable prices and a welcoming atmosphere, it should be next on your list of places to visit! Plus, it’s BYO!

GIG FEATURE

Sister Nancy and Legal Shot @ Fiddlers

Friday 3 May, Doors: 7.30pm, £19.08

With her song ‘Bam Bam’ being named the best dancehall song of all time by Pitchfork, Sister Nancy and Legal Shot Sound System come to Fiddlers to kick off a summer of music in Bristol. Get ready to dance all night long with these reggae legends. Plus support from Da Fuchaman and Splitz P (Solo PA).

 

 

Face of the High Street: Barcan + Kirby

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It’s been a big month for the team at Barcan + Kirby, a new North Street office and a Bristol Life Award, how impressive is that?!

What’s more impressive is the team behind this month’s major accomplishments, and the many others that have been achieved on North Street and in Bristol as a whole.

Barcan + Kirby do things a little differently from all of the other high street law firms and we really enjoy that over on this side of the river.

What we love the most is how they’ve figured out that in order to deliver the best service to their clients, they need to make sure that staff are in top shape. That means mental health support, flexible working arrangements and other development programmes that ensure employees are cared for; because you can’t give from an empty cup.

The team of 36 also take part in trying to make Bedminster, and Bristol, a better place. A cause that is near to their hearts is supporting the Bristol Dementia Action Alliance in their goal of making Bristol the UK’s first dementia friendly city. This begins with every member of the staff being trained as a ‘dementia friend’ as part of their new starter on boarding. The team at Barcan + Kirby are also reaching out to all businesses in Bedminster to support them in becoming dementia friendly, too. Do you want your business to join them? Reach out at https://barcankirby.co.uk/contact/bedminster/ for more information on how you and your staff can attend free training at the Southville Centre.

Barcan + Kirby’s services range from family law, wills, property and their newest division, commercial services, aiming to help entrepreneurs and small businesses navigate their new endeavors. With such an amazing team behind everything they do, you’re sure to be in good hands. Pop by their brand new office on North Street to say hi!

Face of the High Street: Ange- Grenville Wick

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Ange Packer is Bedminster born and bred and has seen the area change from factories to foodies over the years, from the Bedminster of yesterday to what we all know so well today.

Grenville Wick is the place you go to spread joy, happy wishes, deepest sympathies or to just send a quick hello to family and friends who are maybe right next door or across the globe. Cards and small gifts fill the walls and shelves, all destined to go to someone who Ange’s guests are thinking about.

The shop opened 13 years ago and as email and social media have taken over, Grenville Wick has cracked on, connecting people and sharing in life’s milestones.

Ange talks about Bedminster with pride and even tells a story of the time that she almost moved away but thanks to for North Street, the birds on her walk to work and the neighbouring businesses she’s still here!

The shop has evolved over the years, now carrying lovely books about Bristol and a line of organic skin and hair care products. Ange speaks of how retail has changed and how the shop must change with it, providing a space for community and a place where local artists can have their work on display. Stop in and have a chat, Ange is always ready, ask about her favourite line of cards and hear that famous Bedminster ‘love’ roll right off her tongue.

Bedminster Wilko to host Great British Spring Clean community event

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The chairman of the Bedminster Business Improvement District is calling on local people and businesses to ‘be part of the pick’ for the 2019 Great British Spring Clean.

Taking place on Tuesday 9 April from 12:00 – 4:00pm the Great British Spring Clean aims to improve the environment right on our doorsteps. The event is part of the nationwide initiative led by the charity Keep Britain Tidy, and aims to inspire over 500,000 volunteers from businesses, community organisations and the general public to collect and safely dispose of litter from British streets, parks and beaches.

One of the businesses involved in the 2019 Great British Spring Clean is household goods specialists Wilko and Simon Dicken, Bedminster BID chairman and store manager of the East Street Wilko, will be rolling up his sleeves to get behind this campaign.

Simon had this to day: “I am incredibly proud to support The Great British Spring Clean at a local level here in Bedminster, as well as a citywide capacity. Outside of Bedminster, the stores at Clifton, City Centre, Knowle and Avonmeads will all be getting involved in the Great British Spring Clean.

 “Wilko regional manager Sian John and talent and development officer, Emma Gravell, from the Wilko head office will be taking part and we’d love to see other local Bedminster and Bristol businesses and residents get involved on the 9th.”

Bristol Waste will also be supporting the Great British Spring Clean, by providing litter picking kits for volunteers. For more information on the Great British Spring Clean and to sign up to participate in the Bedminster clean-up, visit https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/events/wilko-5c98868f48a41

What's on this April in Bedminster!

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Spring has arrived in Bedminster and it feels so good!

The terraces are filling up, parks are alive and we’re looking forward to spending more time outside this April and getting to know Bedminster again after a long and dark winter.

Here’s our list of outdoor activities, music and creative crafts to fill your cup up this April.

FAMILY

Farmcraft @ Windmill Hill City Farm

Thursday 11 April 10.00am-12.00pm, 6-10yo, £10

The folks at Windmill Hill City Farm have taken cues from the popular kids’ computer game, Minecraft and developed Farmcraft, a real life outdoor adventure session. Kids will have to collect ore, stone, wood and gold around the farm and swap for tools and equipment. Items collected can then be used to build a fire, feed an animal, make a potion or carve a walking stick. A great day outside that is sure to get the imagination going!

The Great British Spring Clean @ East Street Wilko

Tuesday 9 April, 12.00pm-4.00pm

Roll up your sleeves, Bedminster! Wilko is joining the nationwide campaign calling on local businesses, community organisations and residents to collect and safely dispose of litter from British streets, parks and beaches. Sign up to join the growing members of the business community in making East Street and other areas of Bedminster a cleaner place to enjoy the outdoors.

FREE Easter egg painting @ Trylla

Saturday 13 April, 11.00am-6.00pm

Take advantage of Trylla’s huge range of glaze paints to paint your own ceramic Easter egg! The eggs will be fired in the on-site kiln and ready for pick up Saturday 20 April. Open to adults and children, sign up via the link to the website.

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Record Store Day @ Friendly Records

Saturday 13 April, 9.00am-11.30pm

A special day where independent record stores celebrate music and culture with special released albums, live music and an amazing party! Friendly records will have all of the special releases along with live bands and DJs throughout the day and into the night.

Bristol City FC v Derby County @ Ashton Gate Stadium

Saturday 27 April, 3.00pm

The points are tight at the top of the championship league, cheer on the Robins in the last home game of the season as they make a run for the playoffs! Enjoy the sun and enjoy a terrace or two on your way down North Street for the game, need a pub or two? Check out our favourites here!

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Smack the 80s @ Fiddlers

Saturday 27 April, 8.00pm, £11

A lively, fun-packed and authentic 80s tribute band that is sure to have you dancing from the beginning! Embrace the theme with your best 80s outfit and get ready to go back in time.

Face of the High Street: Alice- Trylla

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There’s something about walking into a shop and feeling like you instantly know it’s owner just by what’s on display. Walking into Trylla on North Street feels just like that. The colourful clothing, carefully picked toys, beautifully handmade ceramics and the workspace in the back just scream Alice before you even have the extreme pleasure of getting to know her.

Alice grew up in Cheshire and settled in Bristol, by way of London, four years ago. From quite a creative family, Alice studied illustration in uni and always knew a creative career was on the books for her. Upon arriving in Bristol, Alice got a job at a pottery painting cafe and quickly began crafting ideas for her dream business, one that combined all of her favourite things, in her favourite part of the city.

Trylla opened on North Street in Bedminster almost a year ago and really has something for everyone; carefully curated second hand clothes line the walls while nostalgic My Little Pony and Troll toys are placed among handmade items from local makers and Alice herself. A ceramic studio and kiln live in the basement to complete the space and this creative hub.

Alice holds pottery and knitting workshops, a fortnightly open Clay Club where attendees can play as they wish and have access to clay, glazes and kiln firing for only £12 and is developing ideas of hosting birthday parties and hen dos. Trylla really is a haven of colour and creativity in Bedminster and after almost a year, we can’t wait to see what’s next!

As a special Easter activity, Alice is hosting a free paint your own egg pendant event Saturday 13 April. Book into 10 minute time slots and pick up your egg the following week in time for Easter lunch!