The Bishopston Society suspended operations in October 2019. This is nothing to do with any virus, pandemic or lockdown. It's "just" due to lack of people to run it.

To all intents and purposes, we are therefore CLOSED. We are trying to maintain some interest via Facebook (and to a lesser exent Twitter) - see our social media feeds on the right hand side of our web site. The web site itself is not being updated (much), but all our work over the years is still represented well  on the site, so we hope it will remain a useful resource....

.....and the possibility of the organisation being revived (quite possibly with a new name, and maybe refocused goals) has not been ruled out. It "just" needs some community support in the form of fresh new people-power, ie volunteers to get things going again, a small team maybe. Those of us left behind from the pre-October committee have undertaken to help anyone stepping forward, and are keeping things alive, if dormant, in case a handover to a new leader/group becomes possible.

Why are we closed? Can YOU help?

Our work was put on hold due to a leadership crisis. A public meeting gave massive support for a continuation of our work, and generated lots of good ideas. But nobody has come forward to carry those ideas forward. A vacuum has therefore been left, but it can be filled.....

If you can help in some (any!) form, or contribute to this debate, please use our Contact form to let us know or drop an email in to .

For further details and more on the background, please follow links below:-

The Bishopston Society has issued an urgent appeal for help to keep the organisation going in some form, in the face of the threat of closure.

Despite lots of support in principle being offered at a recent, well attended special meeting, it still faces a crisis of leadership, in the form of a big gap between those wanting its work to continue in some form in principle and those prepared to make it happen in practice. The mid-November meeting voted to explore options for continuing, but nobody is available to lead us forward.

Can YOU help?

The possibility of The Bishopston Society closing down is looking less likely following a lively community meeting that gave enthusiastic support to its work, though the crisis of leadership that led to its viability being questioned is not over.

Thirty six concerned Bishopstonians turned up to The Bishopston Society’s Special ("VIABILITY") General Meeting on 18/11/19 to consider the question of whether TBS has a future - or not – and if it has, then how it might continue to survive, or even flourish, in a reimagined and restructured form.

 At the AGM held on 1st October, a motion was passed recognising that, due to several key people stepping down from their committee roles, the Society’s work is no longer viable. Accordingly, a Special General Meeting was proposed to consider a winding-up resolution.

This Special Meeting will now be held on Monday 18th November at 7:30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road BS7 8PD.

As agreed at the AGM, certain “critical friends” have also been invited to the meeting. This is to enable voting TBS members to take into account some independent advice on any alternatives which might lead to a continuation of the Society’s work, or part of it.

Members are urged to attend the meeting to discuss and vote on this very important matter, whether you believe that the Society has run its course, and it is time to put out the lights, or that its work needs to continue.

A "think piece" including text of the AGM motion has been published with all the details, including how you can respond to this crisis: click here to download or view it (PDF format).

sus transportThe Bishopston Society public meeting at 7.30 pm on Tuesday Oct 1st 2019, at Horfield Quaker Meeting (300 Gloucester Rd BS7 8PD), will consider Sustainable Transport in Bishopston.

Increasing motor traffic in our area, with its concomitant serious parking problems in many Bishopston and St Andrews streets, Gloucester Road’s heavy, noisy traffic and associated poor air quality and its effects on our health, are examples of issues which are in urgent need of action if we are to improve our local environment.

Full details of the speakers, timings and agenda are given below.


P1140583 CopyClean Air Day, June 20th was a busy and successful one for Clean Air Bishopston. Vegan smoothies, bacon rolls, happy cyclists, active children creatively absorbed in activities themed around air pollution, and inspiring mini talks from local organisations on how they are confronting and offering ways of mitigating the problems of Bristol’s polluted air.

CADBIntro2The Clean Air Bishopston project team has now finalised plans for Thursday 20th June, national Clean Air Day, and is offering no less than nine ways everyone can help deal with the killer in our midst represented by air pollution. At and around Boston Tea Party, Nevil Road, we are "leading the way locally with a series of activities planned for all ages".

TBS meeting 1The evening, which was aimed at celebrating the wide range of local cultural amenities and activities, was already buzzing with conversations well before the meeting had officially begun, this while the exhibitors were variously setting up their displays. Conditions were clearly ideal for some serious networking.

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Thursday 20 June is national Clean Air Day in Britain.

Clean Air Bishopston is running a series of local activities throughout the day. The aim is to get people in the community to think about the issue of air pollution and cleaner air whilst at the same time doing something interesting.

TBSCelebratesOur Celebration of Bishopston Culture taking place on Tuesday 2nd April has met with a goodly response from contributors to the local social and culture scene, who are looking forward to meeting you at Gloucester County Cricket Ground from 7.15 for a 7.30pm start.

Participants will encounter "exhibitors" who have now been lined up from a wide range of areas, including literature, art, photography, theatre, music, gardening and growing, local history, and community & media.

 

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