St Anne’s Day Pageant and Festival 2014

The St Anne’s Day Pageant and Festival 2014 was an incredible success with over 300 visitors!

Local children developed and performed “A Pilgrim’s Plot” – a story about a plot to kill the queen on route to the medieval chapel in St Anne’s.

St Christopher’s Scout group put on a fantastic BBQ and a good time was had by all.


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Amazing animations!

Back in May we held an animation workshop for local families based on the St Anne’s Pilgrimage…And what a great day it was!

20 people came and we created some very special stories! Have a look here:

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Low Cost Drama Workshops for Brislington Families this May/June/July

Hello potential performers young and old – Discover Brislington Brook has just got funding from Bristol City Council’s Creative Seed Fund to put on low cost (£15 for 11 workshops) creative drama/performance workshops for children (aged 8-12) and their parents/grandparents/guardians!

9383811922_3b21c56357_oThe workshops will be happening on Mondays 4:30 – 6:30pm starting on 12th at a location near you (TBC).

The workshops will culminate in a fabulous performance as part of this year’s St Anne’s Day Pageant and Festival on the 26th July. For those who haven’t been before, this is a colourful community celebration of Brislington’s famous medieval past. This year’s pageant looks like it will be more flamboyant than ever.

The only stipulation for the drama workshops is that you are available for at least 80% of the Monday sessions, as well as the 24th July for the dress rehearsal and 26th July for the final performance.

Please send me an email to to register a place for you and your child!

In the run up to the pageant there will also be a few additional free workshops for anyone to come to that will include actives such as animation, costume, and mask making; Follow Discover Brislington Brook on Facebook to keep updated.

If anyone is interested in helping contribute to the wider festival (costumes, stalls, music, games, publicity etc) we are holding a public meeting at Make & Do Emporium, 83 Sandy Park Rd on Thurs 1st May, 7:30-9pm. See our Facebook event for more details

Hope to see you there!

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Fantastic Art Work from St Anne’s Juniors

On Wednesday 19th March 2014, 25 budding artists from St Anne’s Junior School, Brislington, took part in a workshop led by Discover Brislington Brook. The aim was to produce black and white line images of wildlife found along the brook corridor to include on a trail through Nightingale Valley and St Anne’s Wood.

The Brook Trail as it will be known is to be a series of 9 engraved plaques which can be used by families and teachers to do brass rubbings as an eduactional resource. Acompanying the plaques will be a teaching pack to help local teachers educate their children about the importance of their local green space and the animals and plants that depend on it.

The plaques will be installed this Spring along with the new entrances and path improvements to the 2 parks and are expected to be in place by the end of June 2014. Watch this space!

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New proposed Children’s Play Area for Hungerford Road Open Space

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Please find attached details for the new play area proposed for Hungerford Road Open Space off Hungerford Gardens.

At this stage we are engaging West Town Lane Academy, Hungerford Community Centre Kidzone and Brislington Enterprise College on the ideas and the potential locations and would like to hear from local residents as well. We will of course be providing updates throughout our work on this project, either through letters, emails or via website pages.

Click here to look at the play area location options –this shows the 3 possible locations for the play area, as a result of discussions with Play and Flood Officers within the Council.

Option 1 – allows for a dry play area, raised up from any potential threat of flooding but is slightly hidden behind the houses in Hungerford Gardens.

Option 2 – places the proposed new play area on the old play area site, whilst clear lines of sight are available from the road, the land around is likely to be boggy.

Option 3 – places the play area closer to the houses on Hungerford Close, very visible but will need landscaping due to the slope and boggy nature of the area.

Click here to look at Hungerford Road WTLA survey – the survey that we are undertaking with a wide range of children from the area.

We would like to know your thoughts and ideas on the attachments, specifically the following:

  1. Option preference for the potential location of the play area (attachment 1)
  2. The potential to install five-a-side goalposts onto the kick about area
  3. The potential to install a youth shelter (see attachment 2 for picture) into the locality (precise location still to be confirmed & will depend on play area location)

To discuss or give your views on these options please email or telephone Dan Judges / 0117 352 5070 (if not available, please leave a message and contact details and he will phone you back as soon as possible), comments to be received by 21 February 2014.

Look forward to hearing from you

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New Entrances for St Anne’s Wood and Nightingale Valley

After many months hard work the designs for the exciting new entrances to St Anne’s Wood and Nightingale Valley are finally ready to unveil. Earlier this year Discover Brislington Brook and Bristol City Council secured funding to improve paths, entrances and access to the two parks. We ran workshops with local schools and community members to come up with inspiring ideas and images to be incorporated into the designs. These have now been worked up by artist blacksmith Paul Gulati and are ready to view!

For more info have a look at the page on this website entitled Brook Trail

And feel free to comment!

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Autumn/Winter events diary

The new Autumn/Winter events diary is up! Print it out and stick it on your fridge so you know what’s happening!

It would be great to see lots of people at the events so please share this with all your friends by email, FB, Twitter etc! There’s something for everyone from archaeology to owl prowling, woodland management to witer walks. Come and join us.

Splish splash splosh!

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