Lord Mayor pops into the Old Library for a picnic

July 03 2018
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The Old Library hosted another successful community picnic on the 9th June. Around 40 people came along to the event that the South Lockleaze & Purdown Neighbourhood Group has held for a 3rd year running,

welcoming everyone in the neighbourhood to come and relax in the garden, bring a picnic and play games, and meet new and familiar faces.

They were joined on the day by Bristol’s new Lord Mayor, Cleo Lake. Cleo, a Green Party councillor for Cotham becomes Bristol’s first Green councillor and is the 11th woman to hold the role. Cleo says, “I honestly believe that Bristol can be a beacon and lead the way in how we can co-exist together and be part of a collective narrative. Out of many, we can be one Bristol. Now, we can start as I mean to go on – by dancing in City Hall.”

Emily Shimell added, “We found an afternoon free in the diary, and just decided to invite as many people as we could to come and have a picnic together. We are all local families and residents, and volunteer at the Old Library and within the SL&P group so we can meet new people, make our area a fun and exciting place to live, and ensure as many people as possible feel a part of the neighbourhood. We hope we can get people together on some more days over the summer in a similar way whilst the sun is shining! We’d love other people to come forwards too, to help run similar social events and activities to bring people closer – using the Old Library building or garden, or together in our streets and on South Purdown. We’ve plenty of people in our SL&P network now, willing to help with new ideas and getting the word out, so let us know if you’ve ideas and lets make them happen!”