May 2024

May’24 roundup of the Dings & Community meeting


Our Monthly roundup of the chatter in the Dings. We had the AGM – details will be on a separate post, youth clubs, Safe ‘Ouse fix up, gardening and bees, exercise and amenities.

It’s All Change at the top!

At the AGM meeting on the 23rd of May Sal Caseley Finally managed to hang up her boots and hand over the reign of managing the Dings community group to Nola Hersey – Hooray and Phew for Sal! Sal has been running the group for 17 years so we felt it was only fair to let her go.

psst .. she will still be around, just not the lead contact. Big Thanks to Sal!

In case you didn’t know all the sterling work going on check out this piece from the evening post The hidden community near Temple Meads which feels like ‘a village’

Safe ‘Ouse news from Sal Caseley

Just to let you know the safe’ouse container will be closed from 5th May to the end of June. All groups will be cancelled.

Exciting news, the container is having a makeover. New kitchen, lockable cupboards, notice boards, chairs, also painted and decorated.

New Youth Club news from Helen Iona

Good news for local youth – a new youth centre is opening up in Barton Hill from Bristol Live.

A new youth club in Barton Hill is set to open to the public this autumn. It will be located in the former pub The Swan which closed four years ago.

The former pub is currently being renovated by the Wellspring Settlement, a community centre located next door to it. Employees who are involved in the project have said they are confident ‘work will be finished by ‘autumn this year.’

Community Gardening

We let Sal Caseley loose with a hedge trimmer … the results (to be fair the pics were after a cloud burst who’ve made it all look a bit messy!) Thanks sal 🙂

and we now have Bees – courtesy of a swarm and Ian Batten (and an extra photo from Lee Pullen) Close-up of the Dings Bees, spotted by Ian Batten. New source of honey for The Dings Deli? 🍯

New gentle Exercise Class shared by Irene Dickenson

New corner shop

Opened on Midland road – thanks for the heads up from Stephanie Hill

Cycle Track news from Lea Mossman

The council will apparently be putting bollards on the cycle track to stop cars driving/parking on it. Works starting Monday (13th). There’s temporary cones up where they will be placing the bollards.

Bapmobile news

From the 1st of May ❤❤Happy anniversary to us.🥂. 5 years ago today we took a massive leap and opened up our little business.❤ We would like to say a massive thank you to all our amazing customers.. If it wasn’t for all your continued support there wouldn’t be an us. ❤❤..

Then extra news from May the 24th

😍We have some amazing news to share with you all………We are on the move. 🥰 From Monday the 3rd of june we will be opening are very own cafe 🥳🥳🥳🥳. We will now be trading from 31 feeder road. (CAFE 31)
We have had 5 wonderful years working from our

little Bap mobile 🖤💛 but feel now is the time to shut the hatch and aim bigger 😃 ,( last day on the van will be Friday 31st May.)

☺ We would like to say a massive thank you to #gardinerhaskins for your support and help over the past 5 years you are all amazing and we are going to miss you all very much.. and to our customers this move wouldn’t be possible without ur support and i hope you will continue to come and visit us for tasty treats in Cafe 31.. on feeder road. 🖤💛🥰🥰🥰🖤💛

New Business by Lauren Clarke

I’d like to introduce my business page to the group, I live on birkin street and have recently set out as self employed after 10 years of working as an Aesthetician. If you are willing to give the page a like or follow that would be greatly appreciated. 🙏

I’m currently offering electrolysis for hair removal, and advanced electrolysis for removal of skin tags, milia, facial thread veins and cherry spots. I also offer skin health consultations where I assess your skin and create a personalised treatment plan comprised of home care and in clinic treatments with myself. These plans are particularly suited for managing skin conditions like acne, rosacea or skin sensitivity.

Windrush postcards project

Saturday 22 June, 10.30am to 1.30pm (drop-in): Hannah More Primary School BS2 0LT

Come and create a postcard to send to a friend. Learn about the Windrush generation and try some creative writing. With artists, Laura and Jazz and Poet Shani. A free event, and everyone is welcome. Refreshments are available. For more information email

We the Curious Reopening (after the fire) shared by Helen Iona

I’m very excited that We The Curious is reopening in July! Do you think we have a hidden silver ticker in The Dings?

There’s loads of other stuff going on with them – check it out here

Development News

There’s no new development news but Old Market community keep a very close eye on things in the area so worth checking them out at the Old Market Community Association website.