EVENT: 22 April 2017 – Brislington Brook Walk to the Source.

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<<< NEW ROUTE !! … via Maes Knoll Tump >>>
The annual 8 mile circular walk following both tributaries of the Brislington Brook through the urban jungle, to the Dundry slopes and back … expect some beautiful and not so beautiful surprises! … Meet at Tesco car park on Callington Rd Brislington. … There should be plenty of parking on nearby Water Lane. … Bring sandwiches and water, and wear good walking boots…  This is a challenging, but very rewarding, walk – are you up for the challenge? … Please let us know if you would like to join us.

PLEASE NOTE: Most of this walk is on public pavements and footpaths. Near the source the walk is off of public footpaths with muddy gateways and fencing to negotiate. Last year our route was made harder by new fencing, so this year we have created a new route with fewer obstacles. We have had to seek special permission to walk parts of this route from the landowners. We will explain where these sections are when we arrive at them. We will still find the first source of Brislington Brook, but then head south and further up Dundry Hill. This means we have the added bonus of visiting the Iron Age hill fort of Maes Knoll on our journey! It also means we will get to see both sides of Dundry, with stunning views south to the Mendips, on top of the views north to Bristol and beyond! ** People undertake the walk at their own risk, and are advised to wear appropriate footwear and clothing to suit the weather and ground conditions **

EVENT: 28 April 2017 – Evening Bird Walk with Richard Bland.

20170406_153157The Friends of Brislington Brook are excited to announce that Richard Bland has agreed to guide an evening bird walk through St Anne’s Woods on Friday 28 April 2017. Richard is unquestionably one of our leading local naturalists and has watched, studied and mapped local birds over many decades. He knows St Anne’s Woods and Nightingale Valley very well and in this stroll, lasting under a couple of hours and on mostly level paths, we should see and hear many of the species that live in the woods and along the brook. 

Unfortunately, as per our previous events this year, we have to limit the number of people who attend. If you would like to book a place please send us an email, including the number of places you would like. We will then confirm if you have been successful and, closer to the event, confirm the starting time and location. 

As per all our events, this is FREE for anyone that has been successful in booking a place but donations are very welcome, which will be split between the Friends of Brislington Brook and Richard’s chosen Friends Group.

Don’t delay in sending your email as we expect places to fill up very quickly…. info.fobb@gmail.com

Bristol Post Airbus Community Awards 2017… the winners are announced….

Well the wait is over…. the 1.5million+ tokens have been counted by the Bristol Post and the top 10 winning entrants have today attended a presentation at Airbus to confirm the winners and the runners up. During the presentation we were told 84 groups had applied to be part of the 2017 Awards but only 10 would take home a share of the £10,000 donated by Airbus. The winners were announced in ascending order and the Friends of Brislington Brook were awarded the fourth prize of £500. 

This money means a huge amount to our little group but we wouldn’t have received anything without YOUR help! We keep saying it but we have been overwhelmed by the level of support given by the local community with collecting Bristol Post tokens, and being told it’s in recognition for our hard work and commitment working in the local area. To make it into the top 10 and receive the sum of £500 is all thanks to YOU!

In the coming days / weeks we will be asking for your feedback on how you think the money should be spent within the group (we have some suggestions, so watch this space for further details). But for tonight, please celebrate with us in hearing this fantastic news and share it with anyone you know who helped us to achieve this result. 

From everyone on the steering group – Friends of Brislington Brook.

Bristol Post Airbus Community Award… Drum Roll Please…..

At the end of February 2017 the Friends of Brislington Brook put out a request for help to collect Bristol Post tokens to try and win a share of £10,000 Airbus Community Awards. The first prize is worth £3,500, second £2,000, third £1,000 and seven runners up of £500. With the help of the internet and social media we spread the message far and wide, hoping that people would see the value of our work and donate any tokens received in the papers. 

The competition closed on Monday 20 March 2017, and we have been completely overwhelmed by the level of support from the local community, collecting and donating Airbus tokens. If ever we have wondered if our work in Nightingale Valley and St Anne’s Woods is appreciated by the people of South Bristol, this competition has definitely shown us that it is.

The local people of BS4, and surrounding areas of BS3 and BS5, have donated their tokens in their thousands… now this is the bit you have all been waiting for…..

The final numbers are in….. we have to submit the tokens in booklets of 500 tokens and have have printed, and glued a total of 121 booklets….. with a phenomenal grand total of…….

60,595 tokens. 

We couldn’t have done it without you all getting behind us, and this competition, with every one of you wanting us to come away with some of the prize money. We many not hear the results for a while but as soon as we do you will be the first to know.

Whether we win or lose this has been a fantastic experience for FoBB and we have met some wonderful local people, while out collecting tokens, whom we may never have spoken with had it not been for this competition. 

Whatever the final result the Friends of Brislington Brook thank you all for your amazing support and hope this has raised the profile of our group and you might consider coming along and joining us on a future work party, hosted event, steering group meeting or one of our social gatherings? 

Thanks again.

Mary & the Friends of Brislington Brook team.

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WANTED: Storyteller for medieval woodland pageant (15/07/17) **UPDATE: Found**

To all our lovely friends and supporters… the Friend of Brislington Brook need your help. For the past few years Discover Brislington Brook, and more recently the Friends of Brislington Brook, have organised an annual St Anne’s Day Pageant through Nightingale Valley and St Anne’s Woods. Each year we have been lead by a different, magical and exciting storyteller. This individual is key to bringing something new and unique to each event, stimulating our imaginations and taking us back to a medieval time of wonder in the woodland. If you know anyone that meets this criteria please can you get in touch or forward them our details? We do have a small budget and appreciate someone of this calibre does not come for free! Please can you share our request far and wide and hopefully this year’s event (15/07/2017) will be as good (or even better) than previous years! Thanks. Mary (FoBB)

Bristol Post Airbus Community Awards

Exciting announcement…. The Friends of Brislington Brook have been nominated to win a possible share of up to £10,000 in the Bristol Post Airbus Community Awards. To be in with a chance of winning this money we need the help of all our local friends and supporters. From Monday 20 February until Monday 20 March the Bristol Post will be printing voting coupons and the top 10 groups who collect the most tokens will then receive an award and a share of the £10,000 award prize money. The Friends of Brislington Brook need to collect as many of these coupons as possible so please share this post with anyone you know who receives the Bristol Post and supports the work completed in Brislington and St Anne’s by the Friends of Brislington Brook. If you have any questions please ask. Thanks. Mary

03 February 2017 – second Owl Prowl in Nightingale Valley.

Due to unprecedented demand we have spoken to the lovely guys at the Hawk and Owl Trust and they have agreed to run a second owl prowl event through Nightingale Valley on the 03 February 2017. Again tickets are going to be limited and priority give to people living in BS4. To confirm you place please email info.fobb@gmail.com and confirm the number of people attending and a contact telephone number. The meeting point for the walk will be emailed out prior to the date. 

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27 January 2017 – Owl Prowl in Nightingale Valley.

The Friends of Brislington Brook are hosting their first event of 2017 and it’s going to be a fantastic one for people who want to get up close to these beautiful birds. Meet some owls and then explore the wonderful woodland of Nightingale Valley to see if we can find (or hear) some of our own. UPDATE: This event is now FULL.

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2017 FoBB dates for your diary

11 January 2017 – Friends of Brislington Brook Meeting –
https://www.facebook.com/events/1260445914013363/

14 January 2017 – FoBB Volunteer Working Party –
https://www.facebook.com/events/620557514803119/

27 January 2017 – Evening Owl Prowl in Nightingale Valley
https://www.facebook.com/events/160324287788996/

01 February 2017 – Friends of Brislington Brook Meeting –

04 February 2017 – FoBB Volunteer Working Party –

15 July 2017 – Pageant to St Anne’s Well –
https://www.facebook.com/events/691371921043728/