How to make your neighbourhood magical

Bedminster Town Team Lantern ParadeLast week I published a feature on SkyLightRain about Bedminster Town Team and the efforts to regenerate this area of Bristol. That feature previously appeared in The Bristol magazine in August 2012. This is an update on that feature, with news about the current and upcoming events to make a better Bedminster.

So what makes a better Bedminster? At least part of the answer seems to be a greater sense of community, engaging events and some beautification of the more desolate areas. Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to. Continue reading

Regeneration Game

East Street, BedminsterIn August 2012 the following feature appeared in The Bristol Magazine. It is published here with their permission.

An update on this story will appear on SkyLightRain soon.

The Bristol Magazine Regeneration Game PDFJudy Darley finds out what becoming one of only a dozen communities in the country chosen to be a Portas Pilot area could mean for the future of Bedminster.

Recently community leaders in Bedminster, Bristol, celebrated an unexpected windfall. After putting together a bid explaining the ways in which the district’s high streets could be improved, Ben Barker, George Grace and a number of others in Bedminster put it forward for the Government’s Portas Pilots competitiaon. The scheme, launched in response to a review of the UK’s high streets by retail expert Mary Portas, sought 12 communities to allocate up to £100,000 to each.

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