In the past 9 years, WOW has successfully won grants and other funding to improve our neighbourhood:
A £168,000 grant enabled us to develop South Street Park from a barren wasteland – once a bombsite. At present we are awaiting lighting to be installed along the path through the park – another successful funding bid.
Facebook: Friends of South St Park
Working with local community groups, the City Council and Bristol Green Capital, we achieved funding to commission a mosaic artist to work with local schoolchildren on creative signage, to install planters, and funding from Tesco paid for trees and a bike
rack. We continue to work with agencies such as Bristol Waste and Avon & Somerset Police, and with the City Council on issues around waste and litter, anti-social behaviour and pavement/highway upkeep.
West Street Traders Group
We met with local shop-keepers and established a network which makes sure that West Street gets a share of the attention and benefits from the Bedminster Business Improvement District. Several of the traders pay for hanging baskets along the street in
the summer, and support local projects such as West Street Stories and the BS3 Repair Cafe.
We worked with local community groups based in Marksbury to get funding and support from Bristol City Council, Network Rail and GWR for artwork and improvements to the walkway over this bridge: new lighting, re-painting and planting.
In 2016, we successfully bid for funding to run a ‘pop up museum’ at the URC Hall on West Street: 500 visitors over the weekend shared their stories and photographs of times past. We then worked with Compass Point schoolchildren to produce a book based on their own experience of childhood and that of local people who grew up in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The project is ongoing, with its own Facebook page ‘West Street Stories’.
Bedminster Community Choir
WOW has achieved a grant to support the continuation of this unique choir (with members from 2 yrs old to 87!) which welcomes local people of all ages, abilities and voices. Nobody is turned away. They just love to sing!! 6-7.30pm at the acta Centre on Wednesday evenings during term time.
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We established this in 2017 as part of the international repair cafe movement: volunteer repairers tackle up to 60 repairs at each hugely popular monthly session at the URC Hall, and the cafe team produce home-made cakes and cream teas.
Facebook: BS3 Repair Cafe
We worked with the SBTL to establish this very worthwhile local project on West Street – at the URC Hall.
Facebook: South Bristol Toy Library
WOW is a founding member of this group, which aims to maintain and develop our local rail station – gateway to Ashton Gate Stadium, the Tobacco Factory and the south west of Greater Bedminster.
We are lead partners in this major South Bristol community event, with Compass Point School on South Street at its centre.. The 2019/20 project started with lantern-making workshops in schools during September, and the Parade will take to the streets on 11 January 2020.
Over 3000 people come onto the streets to walk with or just watch and enjoy a procession of large illuminated lanterns created by 10 local schools and several community groups through the autumn term.
Facebook: Bedminster Winter Lanterns
We are active members of this BS3 wide group, partnering with them on events as wide ranging as Air Quality and Shopping Local.
Facebook: Action Greater Bedminster
Bedminster Business Improvement District
We are founding partners within this initiative aimed at sustaining and developing the 3 BS3 high streets: North, West and East. The BID has supported planting, artwork, Christmas lights and hanging baskets on West Street.