Goodbye Willow

November 22 roundup of the Dings

Tutoring is back

From Nola Hersey

Tutoring volunteers (on a very wet day!)

On Mondays, we will be offering homework support for English from 4-5pm (primary school) and this will be Maths homework support. Once again this will run from 4-5pm for primary school children and 5-6pm for secondary school

As are the Advent Calendar Christmas Windows – who’s in?

December is only a few weeks away and with it is the return of our Christmas Windows!

If you haven’t been in the Dings for this before, this is where people choose a date each and decorate their window on that date, displaying the date-number and decorations of their choice, and keep the display up for the rest of December. A photo will be taken each evening of the new window.

The aim is to turn our area into a giant Advent Calendar, so that by 24th December we have 24 different windows around the Dings all lit up for Christmas.

Electricity is costly this Christmas so we would like to encourage people to use low-energy solutions – silhouettes or tissue paper/cellophane can work really well with a lamp or ceiling light on behind that you might have on anyway at that time of evening. Contact to get involved.

New Dementia Safeguarding Incentive

Redcliffe Bascule Bridge reopened (ish)

Griffiths is set to reopen one side of Redcliffe Bridge to pedestrians from 5pm on Friday 18 November and to cyclists and general traffic on Monday 21 November.

One lane will be in use for general traffic and cyclists, which will be controlled by temporary traffic signals so some delays are likely.

From 21 November general traffic will no longer be able to follow the Bristol Bridge diversion, which will revert to a bus gate.

Thank you for bearing with us while we refurbish this important bridge.

Find out more 👉

Huge new 260-bed block of student flats given planning permission

A huge new block of student flats with 260 beds has been given planning permission in St Phillip’s. The six-storey block of flats will be built in an industrial area east of Temple Meads that’s been earmarked for massive regeneration projects over the next few years.

Bristol City Council granted planning permission to developers Watkin Jones and Merrion on Wednesday, November 16, after hearing how student flats would cater for the rapidly expanding University of Bristol. The university is planning to open a new campus nearby.

The scheme will be built on Gas Lane, near Silverthorne Lane, on a site which is currently home to a car repair workshop, office space and a car park, which would be demolished to make room for the new development. Surrounding pavements and roads will be upgraded.

The Island

💥Introducing SPARKS BRISTOL!!💥

In partnership with @GlobalGoalsCtre, Artspace Lifespace are taking on the old Marks and Spencer’s building in Broadmead.

It is absolutely HUGE!

We’re going to fill this space with art, performance, green initiatives and educational resources. Find out more at

The site will aim to open to the public in April 2023 with the ambition of running this pilot initiative for at least six months. The vision is to create a vibrant, positive venue where local people and visitors can shop, recycle, and explore what a greener, fairer and creative future could look like, breathing new life into the old M&S building on a ‘meanwhile use’ basis until the site is redeveloped.

With thanks to Bristol City Council, and to Womble Bond Dickinson, Burges Salmon, Gleeds, Alec French Architects and Hydrock who are supporting this project by providing pro-bono advice

Bristol Libraries

Bristol Libraries public computers have recently been upgraded – we now have 236 new computers for people to use across our 27 libraries. These computers are available free of charge during library opening hours. Library members can have up to 2 hours on a computer every day and computers can be booked in advance. Library membership is free.

We also have free wifi in all libraries.

More information here…/using-the-library-computers

Get free active travel support

We can help you reduce your car journeys with free cycling trials, eScooter credit and bus taster tickets.

The council has funding to help people travel more sustainably. 

We can all help reduce air pollution and improve air quality in Bristol by walking, cycling and using public transport for more journeys.

Walking and cycling also helps us keep fit and stay healthy. We’re exposed to less pollution than when travelling in a vehicle. We also save money on the cost of travelling.

Have your Say

We are delighted Oasis Academy Temple Quarter is now in the pre-opening phase. Ahead of opening the secondary academy on Silverthorne Lane we want to give the local community the opportunity to share your views about the school. This is an important part of the process in delivering a new school to ensure it meets the needs of the community and families it will serve.

Oasis Academy Temple Quarter will be an all-inclusive community secondary provision for ages 11-18, due to open in September 2023. The academy is being built to cater for an expansion in pupil numbers at secondary level in Central East Bristol. The academy has been commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) but is being sponsored and developed by Oasis Community Learning (OCL). The OCL Trust has a statutory duty to consult the public on its proposals for the academy.

Goodbye to our Willow