Bountiful Bristol Bulletin

Bristol Green Drinks: Wednesday 27th June, 2012 by nadiacatkinhillman
June 25, 2012, 8:39 pm
Filed under: Friends, Fun, social

We’re looking forward, once again, to welcome like-minded people for a sociable drink on Wednesday 27th June – the next get-together of Bristol Green Drinks. We meet to network in an informal setting …

Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol, BS1, from Jun 27, 2012 06:30 PM to Jun 27, 2012 09:30 PM by Stevie Silver


More Great GROFUN News!!! by nadiacatkinhillman
February 18, 2009, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Food, food-growing, Friends, Fun, gardening, GROFUN, Uncategorized

Bristol’s own gardening ‘share-scheme’ GROFUN has some excitng news this week from the BBC. Exciting and scary!

Alys Fowler the flame-haired gardening expert who presents Gardeners World called up the project coordinator (Nadia, also your humble and currenty frustrated ed.) to ask if she could make a a ten minute film of the project to be aired on the show this Spring!

In terms of PR for GROFUN this beloved gardening show has to be the ‘Golden Ticket’. The first episode was broadcast during that most historic year of political protestation and and mind expansion when flowers were really hip and hipsters really cool – way back then in 1968. The history of gardening extends across at least 4,000 years of human civilization, forever shifting with the times and of course the seasons but held fondly in the hearts of those who have dug and dreamed. 

GROFUN has a unique chance here to spread its message of ‘people power’ and collective grass roots action.But to transmit this message successfully, with some professionalism, more active volunteers are required to co-create a community allotment that inspires everyone tuning in to the programme that anyone can grow food and probably should! 

The crew want to begin filming around the Spring Equinox which means a tidy and attractive plot is all we can hope to show off. To offer them an abundant allotment, teeming with flowers, fruits, herbs, veggies and insects the team would need to honour their promise and return in the summer to film a follow-up piece and enjoy the harvest.

Every weekend between now and the Spring Equinox on March 21st the GROFUN plot in Ashley Vale could be teeming with people, getting down and dirty and having fun! There are supports to be built, beds to be raised, seeds to be planted and junk to recycle, but equally as important are those fresh friends to make, that different type of tea to try and that new piece of info to learn. GROFUN aims to enrich life in all its manifestations, from soil to skills to friendships.

Please come along and lend a hand. The sessions are generally afternoons Sat and Sun and are free. This means you can come and go as you please, refreshments are provided, you’re bound to enjoy your self and in the summer, you can come back and take a bag of raspberries and some leeks or whatever back home with you.

For more details leave a comment and I’ll get back to you personally.

GROFUN Film now available to watch on YouTube by nadiacatkinhillman
February 28, 2008, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Food, food-growing, Friends, Fun, gardening, GROFUN, media, Transition

Dear BBB Readers,

I am proud to report that the short film we made which chronicles the first year of the GROFUN Project is now on the web!

With the help of Kyra, a local film maker/editor and Naomi it is great that I can now point those interested to an engaging and informative film to further promote the benefits of this growing, grass-roots project. My friend Steve produced the music especially for this film.

Thankyou Steve

You can watch the film here and comment or go to and watch and comment there. In terms of promotion of the scheme YouTube probably has bit more clout!

Please feel free to leave constructive comments, but go easy, much of the footage was unuseable due to poor sound or light quality and the final cut is the best it could have been with the raw material we had available. It’s not exactly Palme d’Or stuff, but it’s sort of innocent in tone dont you think?

***Stop Press*** Rob Hopkins is coming to do his Transitiony thing! by nadiacatkinhillman
November 16, 2007, 12:22 pm
Filed under: Friends, music, peak oil, permaculture, Transition, Workshops


SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER All day 9.30am to 6pm


With chilled music at the Folkhouse after-party 6.30 to 11pm. You are invited to The Big Event – a lively day of talks, workshops, films and discussions designed to inspire and inform local action. Find out how you can get involved with a community led, radical rethink Bristol’s dependency on fossil fuels and planning how we can move towards a resilient, creative, positive future. Keynote speakers include leading experts Richard Heinberg, Jeremy Leggett, David Strahan and Dr Chris Johnstone. There will also be a packed programme of workshops covering topics like sustainable transport, eco-building, alternative energy, community gardening, herbal medicine, local economics, composting, carbon reduction action groups, how to work effectively as a group and much more. Many workshops will be run by local groups who are already initiating positive changes in their community plus experts fom national organizations Sustrans, The Soil Association and Centre for Sustainable Energy and others. Full listing on

Lifecycle UK will be providing Dr Bike to give your bike the once over while you fill your head with positive ideas. If you’ve already changed your light bulbs and turned your heating down a notch and are wondering what to do next The Big Event is a chance to find out how you can get involved with shaping Bristol’s transition from energy dependence to a sustainable, resilient and positive future. You are invited to come, be inspired and learn how to find the confidence to act. Ticket sales online or at The Better Food Company, Fresh and Wild, Windmill Hill City Farm and other outlets.

For details visit Cost £14/£8 concessions. Please book in advance. Tickets are limited so early booking is advised. Bristol Permaculture Group are holding a benefit at the Folkhouse from 6.30pm to 11pm. Chill to beautiful music from Slow, The Dearlings, Eirlys Rhiannon and Susannah Waters. Simple affordable food. £5 on the door. Flyer

Contact Sarah Pugh

Transition Bristol is a not for profit community led organization working in conjunction with the national Transition Network. The project is run entirely by volunteers. Transition Bristol supports and is accountable to a network of locally active Transition Villages including Easton, Barton Hill and Redfield, Bishopston, Redland and Ashton. We also have close links with Transition projects in Bath, Wrington and Thornbury. Sarah Pugh 0117 370 1362 07765 604571 Transition City Bristol The Hub King St Bristol BS1 4DZ

Full Programme of Talks and Workshops here

Emergency CallOut to Save Seven Generations! by nadiacatkinhillman
September 29, 2007, 8:44 pm
Filed under: free space, Friends, News

This week it was announced that Seven Generations will close in a month’s time. This will be a huge loss to the community, especially in the abscence of another social/community space in the area. Some of the staff there want to ensure that 7G continues to serve the community andhave been discussing taking on the lease and developing the space into a wholefood cafe, bookshop and space for events and the arts. There is also the idea of using the place for skill-swapping in support of the burgeoning Freeconomy Community . They are open to any ideas and would really value your support. Please go along to an emergency meeting to be held at Seven Generations this Monday Oct 1st evening at 7.30 p.m. Please pass on this info to anyone who you might think able to help or get in touch by e-mail or phone if you can’t make the meeting.

Wasted Talent at Mr Wolfs on 26th of September by nadiacatkinhillman
September 7, 2007, 10:42 pm
Filed under: Friends, fundraising

Wednesday the 26th of September is Wasted Talent at Mr Wolfs. Wasted Talent is an open jam and open mic event at Mr Wolf’s in Bristol brought to you in association with Body English, the team that provided the Shambala Festival with the Bristol Massive Roller Disco (and prior to that collaborated with ArtspaceLifespace to provide the Audi Garage with a roller-disco) Wasted Talent will also be overseen by the THC Society, the crew that brought Metatron, the intergalactic cabaret, to The Cube in Bristol with Jade Crystal skeletons, Hip-Hop, Alex Grey visuals and a soundhealer, also the people who introduced Bristol to the sublime sound of Carrie Tree at TeleMpathy in Cafe Delight.

Wasted Talent will primarily be an open jam affair where some of Bristol’s best musicians from some of Bristol’s favourite bands will be collaborating and innovating followed by some of the sickest DJs in the West. We are currently only looking at dedicating an hour to solo open mic performances and we would appreciate it if those who would like to play would let us know sooner rather than later (please reply to this e-mail, Londoners and Brightonians – I hope that this is sufficient warning! Tom Trel, Mr Poetic and Ms Woodwood, I’m looking at you…)

The intention is to create a mind-blowingly inspirational event with lots and lots of dancing. If there is any way you can help, any way you can sponsor or if you or anyone you know would like to play please respond to this e-mail.

Wasted Talent will be raising awareness of the rainforest crisis in Tasmania and The Tara Valley campaign in Ireland.

See for information on Tasmanian rainforest being destroyed to make paper and profit and the people who are living with those trees in Direct Action campaigns.

See for information on the ancient burial site that the Irish government is trying to build an illegal road through. (The EU have declared the road illegal and it is possibly the most potent place I have been since Cornwall’s stone circles.)

More than anything we’d like financial sponsorship for information leaflets on the causes, flyers for the event and a compilation CD to give out at the event. This would be in return for logo space on the flyer and CD cover, and raising awareness for a cause of your choice (subject to agreement.) Please respond to

Love, gratitude and appreciation

River Avon ‘Beach’ opens! by nadiacatkinhillman
July 18, 2007, 8:41 am
Filed under: Friends, social

Bristol’s very own beach opens on Saturday 21st July, with the Redcliffe Community Beach Party. We’d love you to come and join us- and bring your friends, family and neighbours too.
The event is free, runs from noon until sunset and includes sandcastle competitions, Arabian dancing, drumming workshops, kids activities, live music, a tropical DJ and tasty beach treats from Pieminister and Bordeaux Quay.
The Beach is at Redcliffe Wharf and will be open from 8am to sunset every day until September. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Bermuda shorts and knotted handkerchiefs are optional.
See you on the Beach- we are “cutting the ribbon” at noon.