2024 Annual General Meeting

We held our Annual General Meeting in January and revisited the highs and the challenges of the past year.

We want to thank all of our members and trustees for all their hard work over this time.

We invite further collaborations and new members in the future to join us in shaping the community centre and the work we do here.

If you would like to read our full report you can access it here:

Click here to download our 2022-2023 Report. 

 

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    New floor in Room 1

    We are so happy that we have been able to update our wooden floor in Rm 1. Although it is not ‘new’ its been professionally sanded, mended and varnished so it is an absolute dream. We have already had some excellent reviews from our yoga teachers who are ecstatic about it. This was in part made possible by the Ceilidh Fundrasier we had back in the Autumn. So we just wanted to say thanks again for keeping this place looking and feeling great!

     

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      Remembering Roy Hackett

      Roy Hackett was born on 18th September 1928 in Jamaica -This date in 2023 would have been his 95th birthday. Everyone at the Centre will forever be grateful to Roy for his work in the community and some of us here were fortunate enough to be able to call him a friend. His family are in our thoughts today.
       
      Though renowned for his civil rights activism and his role in the Bristol bus boycott in 1963, Roy was also one of the founding members of St Werburghs Community Association which he helped to establish in 1971. Roy was an inspirational leader and was a member of our committee until his death last year at the age of 93. St Werburghs Community Centre may not exist without Roy – in 1997 when faced with the prospect of closing the Centre or pushing ahead through numerous challenges he responded by asking ‘what do we need to do’.
       
      “We are deeply proud of everything that we are and that we represent and of the history of resilience. That moment when Roy said ‘what do we need to do’ changed everything. I think if he’d said ‘we should give up’ we would have done, but he didn’t. He didn’t. He said ‘what do we need to do’ and we got on with it.” (Graham Bottrill – Vice Chair of Trustees)
       
      Thank you Roy for your commitment, wisdom, leadership, friendship, and for showing us the power of resilience.

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        Picnic in the Park 2023: a heartfelt thank you!

        We are overwhelmed with gratitude as we reflect on the tremendous success of Picnic In the Park, which took place in Mina Road Park on Sunday 3rd of September 2023.

        The afternoon was filled with joy, laughter and a strong sense of community, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of so many incredible individuals. We were thrilled to see so many people engage with the activities and entertainment. Thank you to all who attended, volunteered, performed, ran workshops and generously donated to make this such a vibrant and memorable mini festival!

        Our event would not have been possible without our volunteers who went above and beyond to ensure the attendees felt safe and welcome. Your hard work and commitment made all the difference and we are truly grateful for your time and effort.

        A huge thank you to our sponsors MD group, Places for People, Let’s Rent and Amicus, whose generosity helped us fund and run our much-loved community event. Your contributions enable us to run this event year after year and continue making a positive impact in our community. We are grateful to have your support.

        We would also like to thank the local businesses that contributed prizes to our raffle, including Bird & Blend Tea Co, Fierce & Noble, Bloc Climbing, Better Food, Bristol Beer Factory, Team Love, Watershed and Napolita. We also raised over £350 in raffle ticket sales which also helps us fund this event!

        Picnic in the Park 2023 was a true testament to the power of community, collaboration and compassion. We are extremely grateful to everyone who played a part in its success. Thank you again.

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          Climate conversations at our July Green Feast

          Thank you to our supporters Quartet Community Foundation and Bristol City Council.

          Bristol City Council logo

          Last month we held or second Green Feast and Positive Climate Action event here at the Centre. Dozens of members of the local community braved the stormy weather to join us for chat about actions we can take in our neighbourhood and in our own homes to reduce the impact on the environment.

          We also welcomed We the Curious and Centre for Sustainable Energy who shared resources, games and materials to engage adults and kids in climate action in a fun, approachable way. Adults enjoyed a delicious vegan feast provided by Neck of the Woods Cafe.

          Through discussion guests came up with a range of ideas and suggestions about potential actions they can take themselves or would like to see happening within the St Werburghs community. These included:

          Food, diet & natural environment
          Organic growing and shopping
          Buy local and seasonal
          Nurture beautiful green spaces and encourage wildlife
          Free cookery lessons or groups e.g teenage cookery and growing groups
          Promote healthy living in pre-school and school to facilitate learning about food and planting

          Waste
          Buy less stuff, use hand-me-downs, buy second-hand items, buy things made to last
          Organise or advertise Jumble sales so things can get a new lease of life
          Raise awareness of recycling centres and take soft plastics to the supermarket
          Repair things when they are broken – raise awareness or set up a repair café
          Use shared community resources e.g Library of things and Share Bristol

          Transport
          Cycle more often
          Travel by bus
          Solutions for improving bus services: write to the council, go to the council meeting, write to our MP
          The Community Centre could inform members about changes across the city (regular email)

          Thank you to everyone who came along and contributed their ideas, passion and enthusiasm! We will be updating our main Green Feast page with more details about the suggested actions soon – watch this space.

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            Thanks for joining us at our Open Day!

            We were thrilled to welcome so many members of the community to our recent Open Day in collaboration with Bristol Refugee Festival and Bristol4Tibet.

            Our annual Open Day is an opportunity to highlight some of the activities that take place at the Centre. Members offered some wonderful sessions and demos including pilates, yoga, music and storytelling. Yoga teacher and Duty Manager Bella, one of organisers of the event, was delighted to have been able to bring the community together:

            “Our Open Day as part of Bristol refugee Festival was a beautiful day! It was really special to have the different communities who use the Centre come together to celebrate sanctuary. I thank all in attendance and I feel very happy that we were able to create a welcoming and nurturing space for the refugee and asylum seeker families who joined us for the day of fun. Lots of dancing, storytelling, delicious cake, little ones doing yoga, Tibetan Momos and a beautiful end to the day with Capoeira in the garden.  A big thank you to Bristol Refugee Festival for bringing us all together!”

            The User Forum offered you – our members and community – a chance for you share your views with us and we’re grateful for the feedback. Many people said they come to the Centre to connect, have fun, meet new people or attend a support group. Here are some of the things you told us you love about the Centre:

            ‘Being here. Being part of the community. Nice space’.

            ‘Lovely cafe. Great open day’

            ‘Cafe and facilities for meetings are brilliant’.

            ‘Welcoming, inclusive’.

            ‘Helpful staff. Good space (covered area outside)…attractive place for people to visit’.

            ‘I love that so many things are available for free’.

            ‘So much focus on children. That is perfect. Also lots of other organisations are here and it’s nice to get to know them’.

            If you’d like to join us for out next community event then come along to Picnic in the Park on Sunday 3rd September in Mina Road Park. You can find out more about how you can get involved here: https://stwerburghs.org.uk/picnic-in-the-park-2023.

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              Neck of the Woods Cafe on a Summer break!

              *Public service announcement* the wonderful team at Neck of the Woods Cafe are taking a break for the Summer.
               
              The cafe will be closed from: Saturday 15th July – Tuesday 15th August.
               
              Join them for a Reopening Garden Party on Saturday 19th August.
               
              St Werburghs Community Centre will remain open as normal during this time.

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                Gardening with GoodGym

                This World Environment Day we want to give a big shout out to the good people at GoodGym Bristol who recently ran over to St Werburghs to tidy our garden ahead of the cooking and gardening group we’re launching for preschoolers.

                Looking after our local environment is vital for our community especially when many of the people who use our garden don’t have outdoor space of their own to enjoy. Some people love to pop by just to water our plants or sit peacefully in the sunshine. Our garden is also a valuable resource for people to come and learn about plants and to feel more connected to their community. Our growing space may be urban but we’re really proud of it!

                Thousands of people benefit from our garden each year, including growing groups, families and visitors to Neck of the Woods cafe. Staff, tenants and workshop / conference attendees will find any excuse to hold break-out groups or meetings on our picnic benches.

                We’re incredibly grateful to GoodGym for treating our garden with such care as their team swept, watered and weeded with gusto. We’re thrilled they enjoyed their time in our garden.

                Here’s the blog they kindly wrote a blog about their visit: GoodGym Bristol – Double Becker.

                Photos: GoodGym

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                  Thanks for Festive Friends!

                  We started our Spring/Summer/Coronation/Bank Holiday celebrations early at the Centre with our Festive Friends Afternoon Tea last month. Around 70 guests – including older people from our community – were welcomed by our team and volunteers, and it was an enormous success. Thank you to everyone who helped us to make it such a fantastic day.

                  Our MP Thangam Debbonaire and the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Paula O’Rourke, joined in a sing-a-long led by the Golden Oldies. We were also joined by the Police and Fire Service, and children from St Werburghs Primary School sent handmade cards to our guests.

                  The event would not have been possible without the kind and generous support of our funders St Monica Trust, John James Bristol Foundation and Beesting Digital. Thank you!

                  Find out more on the Festive Friends page on our website.

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                    We are Crowdfunding!

                    We’ve launched our Crowdfund and we need your help!

                    With rising costs and a greater demand for our services we have launched a fundraising campaign today to raise £20,000 to help keep our doors open.

                    We’re proud to be one of the most inclusive organisations in the City and we support our community through numerous projects including our Foodshare (providing weekly food and household products for local families), Raking & Baking (free cooking and gardening course), Easy PC Digital Inclusion, Festive Friends (events for isolated older people) and Over 50s Art Club.

                    You can help us to keep running these much-needed services, projects and our historic building by sharing and supporting the crowdfund:

                    • Share our campaign – we have a social media toolkit here on our website with sample posts and images to make it super easy for you to shout about our campaign.
                    • Please pledge for one of our amazing rewards or donate if you can. Anything you can offer would be very gratefully received and because we are being match-funded, every £1 you contribute could be worth £2 to us! www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/support-your-community-centre.

                     

                    You can read more about our valuable work here.

                    Thank you so much for your support!

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