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Posted by St Werburghs - 18/07/11 10:25AM - 0 Comments - news

St Werburghs Community Centre proudly present its second ‘Mini-Festival’ – Picnic in the Park, to take place at Mina Road Park on Sunday, 4 September 2011 between 12 and 4pm.

Picnic in the Park is going to be a community-led, fun-filled, family-friendly extravaganza designed specifically to cater for every age and taste, aiming at gathering the whole community together.

We would like to showcase the best of local Bristolian talent and are lucky to be able to provide a wide variety of free activities and entertainment. For the arty types we have face painting, jewellery-making and graffiti workshop with Silent Hobo; for the more relaxed types we have Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork giving massage taster sessions, Rhizome Herbal Clinic, Tai Chi, Natural Skincare workshop with Goodness & Wonder and a sewing workshop with Jacqui Ramsey.

Fancy a dance? Norma Daykin is on hand offering Cha-cha-cha and Waltz lessons, or if you’re feeling more energetic, we have break-dancing jam. And we’ve certainly not forgotten the kids…we have story telling by Martin Maudsley, a creative dance workshop with Rauken Dance, a bouncy castle and various other activities in conjunction with the ‘Wild About St Werburghs’ project based at St Werburghs City Farm. Contemporary circus group Circomedia will also be putting on one of their exhilarating workshops to entertain all of the family.

Make Your Home Eco and Easton Energy Group will be putting on a series of educational workshops and games, and our ever-popular bike repair workshop will be taking place during the course of the afternoon.

The soundtrack for the day includes the debut performance of old-school all female swing band, Sisters of Swing, traditional Irish band Finnegan’s Chin, and the wildly popular “kiddy disco punk” artist, Kid Carpet. Or maybe you’d like to make your own music? Mind Your Music will be laying on a music-making workshop.

As if this wasn’t enough, visitors will be able to sample a wide variety of cuisine from various food stalls, have a go at ping-pong, basketball or simply just chill out with a picnic in our dedicated picnicking area and soak up the atmosphere.

'The event sounds like a great fun, packed with interesting activities and music for all....such wonderful events give the opportunity to local residents to get together in a great community spirit and celebrate all that’s good about their neighbourhood while enjoying live music and dance by some of the city’s top performance artists' said Dina Ntziora from Neighbourhood Arts Team

The event will be funded via BCC Festival and Events Fund, NP Wellbeing Grant, University of Bristol RAG Fund distributed by Quartet Community Foundation and The Concertina Charitable Trust.

We are eager to find volunteers to help us with various elements of the day, so if you would find this interesting, please get in touch. If you have any other questions, please contact Goska Ong, Centre Manager on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail



Midday: Finnegan’s Chin
The lively Bristol-based, multi-instrumental Irish folk band Finnegan’s Chin will be kicking off today’s program of music. Expect a mixture of reels, polka and jigs to get us into the summer swing.

1 to 1.30: Ian Perry & Tom Ranby
A singer/songwriter and performer of acoustic music, whose accomplished guitar playing and poetic lyrics captivate audiences accompanied by Tom Ranby on saxophone.

1.30 to 2: Sisters of Swing
This 13-piece, all women group love to perform in the heart of the community. Expect a set list full of toe-tapping tunes.

3 pm: Kid Carpet
We are delighted to have Kid Carpet on the bill, an extraordinary electro-punk act, who samples and loops music created by everyday objects & toys.

Throughout the day:
Fred’s Super 8 Cinema Experience – The Dirty Dozen, Popeye, The Cure
In the intervals:
Dave Pearse – poetry


12 to 4 pm
Massage Taster Sessions

12 to 12.30
Saving Energy in Your Household

12 to 1 pm
Yoga of the Heart with Sue

12.30 to 1.30
Alexander Technique for Life

1 to 1.45 pm
Yoga for Beginners with Lucy

1.30 to 2 pm
Natural Skincare Workshop

1.45 to 2.15 pm
Balanced View – Introductory Talk

2 to 2.30 pm
The Ins and Outs of home insulation

2.30 to 3.30 pm
Essential Tai Chi
Dennison 0117 951 8119

2.30 to 3.30 pm
Stay Healthy with Herbs

3.30 to 4 pm
Cut your Carbon game

3.30 to 4 pm
Yoga for You with Jess North

WORKSHOPS (central space):

12 to 4 pm
Silk Painting with Rachel Ducker

12 to 4 pm
Bike repair workshop

12 to 3 pm
Circomedia – Circus skills workshop

12.30 to 1.30 pm
Cha Cha Cha & Waltz workshop

1.30 to 2.30 pm
Hula Hooping with Mala

1 to 2.30 pm
Graffiti Workshop with Silent Hobo

2 to 3 pm
Mind Your Music workshop

2.30 to 3.30 pm
Stitch fabric flowers' workshop

2.30 to 3.30 pm
Belly dancing workshop

2.30 to 3 pm
Gambian Singing with Binta

3 to 4 pm
Sabar Drumming Workshop


12 to 2 pm
Boat making – Race at 2.30!

12 to 4 pm
Solar Spinning Plates

12 to 4 pm
Twig Pencil making

12 to 1 pm
Juggling Ball making

1 to 2 pm
Animal Song Writing

1.30 to 2.30
Children’s Rauken Dance Workshop

2 to 4 pm
Mud Flag Painting

2.30 – Boat Race!

3 to 3.30 pm
Storytelling with Martin Maudsley

Open Meetings 2011

Posted by St Werburghs - 13/06/11 02:49PM - 0 Comments - news
On Tuesday 28th June we held an "Open Users’ Meeting" which was a great opportunity for our members and users to meet, network and exchange ideas. We promoted our new projects and events: Raking & Baking (free gardening and cooking workshops), Outdoor spaces project (creating a beautiful garden for the centre) and Picnic in the Park (4th of September).
Staff and members of the Management Committee of St Werburghs Community Association were here to answer questions and give advice.
We had a lot of interest in our upcoming projects and events, we received ideas of ways to improve our rooms which we will act upon and we recruited new volunteers. The evening was a great success and the users’ opinions contributed hugely to our current consultations. If you were not able to attend the meeting but would like to let us know your ideas/thoughts please follow the link below:

On Wednesday 6th July we held our “Open Doors Day” and this was also a success. We provided a delicious lunch buffet with yummy home made cakes.

We showcased our facilities and accessibility and visitors asked questions and came up with new project ideas to include regular film nights which we are planning to start in September. Our tenants KHAAS, Eden Garden and Awaz Utaoh promoted their services and networked with other organisations and Shift Bristol promoted their Practical Sustainability Course.
The Bridge (Avon and Somerset sexual assault referral centre) also attended and offered their services and information to everyone present.
New members joined the Centre on the day and we will be adding new classes and events to our timetable.

The events were funded by Community Assets Government funding. Thank you all for attending, volunteering on the day and supporting the Centre.

If you would like to get involved, please contact us by phone on 0117 955 1351, e-mail or come in to the Centre.

Outdoor Spaces Update

Posted by St Werburghs - 10/05/11 09:11AM - 0 Comments - news, opportunities, projects
18 July 2011

Outdoor spaces

St Werburghs Community Centre has launched its Outdoor Spaces project to transform the outside spaces into a beautiful garden for everyone to use and enjoy. We are also planning to use the space for our Raking and Baking project: growing herbs, fruit and vegetables in raised beds and containers and learning how to cook from your own ingredients.

We are currently recruiting volunteers and encouraging donations to make the benches, flower beds and a sensory garden. We also would like to repair the fence all the way around the centre, repaint fascias, re-point brickwork and add notice boards to advertise all our projects, classes and events. An improved recycling area and a new secure bicycle parking finishes our wish list.

Our outdoors spaces project had a kick start with thanks to Teleperformance raising money to build benches and flower beds for the front garden of the centre. Teleperformance are a Global Contact Centre Company, with their UK Headquarters based in Stokes Croft, Bristol. They are dedicated to their internal ‘Citizens of the World’ initiative where over the years they have organised fundraising within the staff to help local, national and international charities and causes.

This year the Bristol site has decided to go ‘local’ and have chosen St Werburghs Community Centre as one of their beneficiaries. In this way the volunteer team from Teleperformance could take part in improving the life of their local community, allowing all at the site who contributed financially knowledge of where their money has been spent.

'We thoroughly enjoyed the day; it really gave us the Community Spirit we were looking for. We all felt a great sense of achievement helping the Community Centre and were grateful to all those at our site that contributed financially towards this project’ said Laura Milsom, Senior Operations Manager

They provided us with flower beds, hanging baskets, a table and seating area centred around the war memorial. This is a great beginning to our multi-sensory garden which will emphasize smell, touch and taste, with medicinal herbs and wildflowers.

We are eager to find more sponsors and volunteers to help us with various elements of the Outdoor Spaces project. If you would find this interesting or have any questions please get in touch. Contact: Goska Ong, Centre Manager at St Werburghs Community Centre on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail

May 2011

Following our proposals to improve the outdoor areas of the Community Centre, our first step was to raise money towards funding our ideas. After a successful Ceilidh party we were able to raise over £900.00 which we are currently using towards applications for match-funding.
Anamika, a professional artist from India made the first visible changes to the outdoor spaces by creating an artwork near the entrance to the Centre and by the memorial ground. As you approach the main door of the centre you will see a floral motif which goes along the path and towards the memorial. The main artwork is a “Tree of Life”. Flora designs play a role in Indian culture; however the concept of the “Tree of Life” is symbolic in many cultures and has many representations in relation to life and creation.
Anamika used wet-pour surfacing (a type of tarmac used in road markings) in a variety of colours to create a mural on the floor. The coloured surfacing was applied by cutting various shapes out from the material and bonding it to the concrete outside using intense heat from a blow-torch. The artwork is permanent and viewings have encouraged people to be reminded of the memorial situated at the Centre. The memorial remembers those from the area who died serving in the First World War.
We are currently in the process of having the railings repaired and planning notice-boards to be installed outside the building. Bulbs have been planted around the Centre and should be making an appearance in the next couple of weeks.
If you would like to get involved with our “Outdoor Spaces” project, please email for more information.

Ceilidh Review

Posted by St Werburghs - 24/02/11 08:35AM - 0 Comments - news
Through popular demand, St Werburghs Centre hosted a Ceilidh Party on February 18th in order to raise funds towards improvements to our outdoor spaces.
With thanks to everybody who attended and supported the event, we raised £940!! It will all go towards mini-garden plots, a seating area and fixing the fences around the community centre building.
The evening consisted of live music from “Banshee”, who played folk music and gathered us on the dance floor for country dancing. A variety of dancing skills were to be had, and with the help from Tony calling the moves, everyone was stepping in tune.
Martin Maudsley, from the Bristol Storytelling Festival kindly set the stage with his wonderful traditional stories, and in the interval Elina Kikili performed a spectacular Khabelia Gypsy Dance, to promote her new weekly classes at the Centre. Big thanks to Leigh Court Farm who donated veg for neeps and tatties.
Also, there were some fantastic gifts donated to the raffle and huge thanks goes out to those who supported with donations, the Hen and Chicken on North Street, Sofia from Tesco, The Thali Café in Totterdown, Hollywood Bowl, Bristol Ferries, Cox and Baloney’s Vintage Boutique, Follywood Balloons, Bristol Lido, The Climbing Centre in St Werburghs, The Tobacco Factory and The Watershed.
We would also love to thank Jenna Graves, from Snowglobe Events, who has put her heart into organising it, and big big thanks to our volunteers and staff for all the help and enthusiasm they showed on the day.

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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

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