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Linda Bell to retire from St Werburghs Community Centre

Posted by St Werburghs - 13/09/12 09:20AM - 0 Comments - news
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The St Werburghs Community Centre, one of Bristol's busiest and most loved community buildings, will mark the end of an era on Friday, 31 August 2012 with the retirement of Centre Director and Company Secretary Linda Bell after 13 years service.

Linda has been at the Centre since 1999. Before that she spent many years working in both the statutory and voluntary sector, specialising since 1988 in the management and development of community buildings. During her time at St Werburghs, Linda has been instrumental in turning the Centre into the vibrant, popular community venue it is today. Linda's achievements over her 13 years' service culminated in the securing funding for the Centre's £1m capital project, which saw the existing building refurbished and the construction of a spacious new annexe. The improvements to the Centre under the capital project have allowed it to transform from a well-used community centre into a modern community hub that's fit for the 21st Century and able to benefit far more users than ever before.

The Centre will be saying a fond farewell to Linda on Friday, 31 August with a celebration at midday to which all friends and well-wishers are welcome to attend.

St Werburghs Community Centre has been run by St Werburghs Community Association since 1973. In 1999 SWCA took over the management of the building from Bristol City Council, and registered as a charity and a company. It is a very busy and accessible community resource for the communities of East Bristol, and Communities of Interest City Wide. The centre offers office space for four voluntary organisations who also work within local communities, and a wide range of meeting rooms, event spaces and facilities. The centre hosts social, cultural, educational, support and advice services. For more information please contact: Goska Ong, Centre Manager at St Werburghs Community Centre on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail

New funding towards our Tai Chi for over 50's

Posted by St Werburghs - 03/04/12 03:20PM - 0 Comments - news
We have been succesful in obtaining additional funding towards our fantastic weekly Tai Chi workshops for over 50's!

The Mall’s Fountain Charity Fund distributed by Quartet Community Foundation has awarded us with £986 towards the classes. With weekly contributions from the attendees this should help us sustain the future of the project. Please find the details below and refer anyone who might benefit from this service.

Tai Chi Classes with Dennison Joseph
2 - 3 pm every Friday
at St Werburghs Community Centre
Horley Road, St Werburghs, Bristol, BS2 9TJ

Practicing Tai Chi regularly improves your balance, helps you walk more easily, builds up stamina and generally enables you to enjoy your life more!

£3 contribution

Tel. 0117 955 1351

Registered Charity No: 1074495 Company Ltd No: 3713212

Invitation to St Werburghs Community Association AGM

Posted by St Werburghs - 23/11/11 12:47PM - 0 Comments - news
This years Annual General Meeting: Tuesday 6th December 2011.

You are invited to the SWCA AGM which will be held in the main hall of the Community Centre from 1pm to 2:30pm.

Following the successful completion of Capital Project last year we would like to focus on sustainability and importance of community partnerships.

Keynote speaker will be Gus Hoyt, The first Green Cllr in North Bristol. Gus will be talking about the changing shift towards better and greener politics.

Please RSVP to Heather Murray, 0117 955 1351,

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Christams Market 3rd December 2011

Posted by St Werburghs - 23/11/11 12:42PM - 0 Comments - news
Saturday, 3rd December 2011 10.30 am - 4.30 pm Community Christmas Market at St Werburghs Centre

Join us for a festive feast of all things creative - buy original arts and crafts from the best local artists and makers. We have over 30 stalls booked filled with personal, handmade and unique gifts for your family and friends.

On sale:

• Paintings, Photography, prints, stained glass & ceramics
• Handmade clothing and home accessories
• Natural, organic and fair trade skincare products
• Gift cards
• Fair-trade gifts
• Toys
• Indian and Tibetan gifts, Fused glass jewellery.

Yes, all of that and even more!

* Live performance by Rauken Dance and singing
* Cafe with homemade food and cakes
* Children activities

For more information please contact Goska on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail her on

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Werbuzz Community Garden Project

Our new exciting project is all about creating a buzz in the Centre, and outside!

We would like to transform our car park into a community garden, play and event space for everyone!

Imagine lush greenery, kids interacting and learning about plants and bugs, and some lovely seating in the sun!


Have you got any ideas or comments? Please get in touch and share them with us! Mike and Elise, architects at Nash Partnership are helping us with some designs. 

E-mail Goska on or pop into the Centre and write your comments on the notice board in the main Lobby opposite the reception.



St Werburghs Centre is recruiting volunteers to help us with various and exciting projects – Picnic in the Park, film-making, bike repair project, photography & writing community newsletter, photography & co-ordination for new Community Centre's website, organising workshops and events and general administration, reception or care-taking tasks.

The Management Committee and Staff of the St Werburghs Centre are fully committed to the recruitment and support of volunteers within our organisation.
We hold the belief that volunteers can provide a variety of skills and experience that would not otherwise be available. We also recognise that volunteers require satisfying work and personal development and will seek to help our volunteers to meet these needs.
To find out more please download our Volunteer Policy.

If you would like to get involved and make a difference in your community please contact Goska Ong on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail

St Werburghs Centre
Horley Road, St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9TJ

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We are looking for a volunteer to help us keep our website up to date as well as to create social networks accounts and administrate them according to what news we have. If you can spare a couple of hours per week and are interested in this role, please phone 0117 955 1351 or e-mail