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Gill Kirk writes

Published on: 11 Aug 2017

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As I write we are coming to the end of another school term with summer holidays lying ahead. Not always an easy time for some families and there are lots of great activities taking place in the Lockleaze area in the next month or so where the kids can have fun, and you can get together with other families. Keep an eye out for posters and publicity on facebook or call in at the Hub or Buzz cafe to find out what is going on where! We hope you will join us for some of the outdoor activities in Stoke Park particularly the Friends of Stoke Park Community Picnic on Saturday August 19th 2-4.30, everyone welcome of all ages, no need to book, we just need to hope for a sunny day (but in the event of wet weather we will move indoors).

The Love Lockleaze festival on July 15th was a great success thanks to the brilliant team of organizers and fantastic turnout, some lovely food, activities, and craft stalls, with music from BCFM and Studio 7. Many congratulations to all those who were presented with Community Awards sponsored by this magazine, an amazing celebration of the good neighbours, volunteers, community organizations, local businesses and parents in a million in this area!

This is the 'first birthday' edition of the Horfield and and Lockleaze Voice and what a difference it has made in it's first year...how did we ever manage without it! This door to door magazine has really helped to update residents on local news and 'what's on' in the area, and has celebrated the many achievements and talents of local residents and community organizations. A big thank you to its (recently award-winning) publisher David Thomas who is such a vital part of our community and fount of all local knowledge! Thanks also to the many deliverers who get the magazine out so promptly every month.

I want to remind everyone of the council's Your Neighbourhoods Consultation,

This survey can be filled in online on the following link

http://bristol.gov.uk/yourneighbourhood

(Closing date 5th September) or paper copies can be found in the local libraries (alternative formats by phone from 0117 922 2848) As well as the proposals for libraries, public toilets, school-crossing patrols, and Neighbourhood engagement following the end of Neighbourhood Partnerships, there are also consultations which will make changes to the Supporting People and Community Links services. The people using these services are often vulnerable, and may need help to have their voices heard but we are keen to make sure that the consultation reaches them, their families and carers, and the organisations which support them. Sadly, the size and extent of the budget cuts that we are facing mean that almost every service in the Council will be affected - so it is essential that those who have greatest experience of Supporting People services and Community Links can shape their future. If you would like a chance to talk through ANY of these consultation proposals we will be holding an open session at the Hub, Gainsborough Square Thursday 14th August between 1-4, alongside the family film afternoon, so do call in and speak to us there.

Our Councillors can be contacted by phone or e-mail at cllr.gill.kirk@bristol.gov.uk or cllr.estella.tincknell@bristol.gov.uk or leave a phone message on 07736 678281.

 

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