Residents of Newtown came together for an afternoon of food, music and fun to celebrate fifty years of the area’s existence. The event was put together by local resident Debbie Benjamin with support from the Salvation Army, Lawrence Hill health centre, Trinity Tabernacle, Baggator Nexus and local businesses and volunteers.
Music, food, fun and games
The sun was shining in Newtown and the salvation Army orchestra was out in full force for most of the afternoon. The free food that was on offer throughout the day included Jerk Chicken, rice and peas, dumplings, Chickpea curry, coleslaw and Samosas. There were a variety of cakes and snacks on offer, all provided free of charge thanks to the local volunteers, the Salvation Army, Cakesmiths and Pak Butchers. Kids were kept entertained with circus activities and a bouncy castle.
Stories of Newtown and visions for an inclusive future
Residents were able to share memories of the past and give their views on what they would like to see in the future. One resident who has lived in the area since its creation commented on memories of the Trinity Tabernacle being built, a church she continues to attend. The Trinity centre collected residents’ views for a research project that aims to give local people a voice in future developments. Some of the feedback included the need for more youth services and cleaner streets. Emma from Bristol Disability Equality Forum was also collecting views on how changes could be made to improve the environments that were inclusive to those with disabilities.
Lawrence Hill health centre garden
Lawrence Hill health centre opened its beautiful garden space for the event while collecting feedback from patients on the health centre. They plan to open their garden space to the public permanently and are keen for residents to share any ideas on how the space could be used.
Cllr Clive Stevens was joined by former Lawrence Hill Labour Councillor Marg Hickman who were able to speak to residents any concerns they had.
A special thanks to local resident Debbie Benjamin who organised the event and works throughout the year to support Newtown residents and raise local issues with the Council.
In case you were wondering…
Newtown is situated between Old Market and Barton Hill; the estate is opposite the Salvation Army building. Join us next year to celebrate Newtown.