‘Let’s show city what’s great about Fishponds’

July 11 2016

ORGANISERS are pulling out all the stops for a special community event in Fishponds later this year.

ORGANISERS are pulling out all the stops for a special community event in Fishponds later this year.

A committee has been formed and funding secured which will enable the area to play its unique part in the city’s Make Sunday Special initiative.

Make Sunday Special was launched by former Bristol mayor George Ferguson in  2013 and involved closing off streets around the city centre so people could take part in events, activities and celebrations.

It returns this year but as well as involving central Bristol, it has been opened out to communities to hold their own events.

A group of residents, formed off the back of Fishponds Planning Group, got together and successfully applied for funding from the city council.

Make Sunday Special In Fishponds, known also as MaSSIF, will take place on Sunday September 11 and is aimed at celebrating the diversity and unique nature of Fishponds.

Committee member and lead co-ordinator Sam Teller said: “It’s a completely free community event and it’s going to be fantastic for the area. I’m really enthusiastic and excited about it and 100 per cent behind it.

“Fishponds is so up and coming; there’s so much going for it. If we can do something like this we can show the rest of Bristol what is good about Fishponds. If it works and people like it then maybe it could be something we do every year.”

MaSSIF will be centred around Fishponds Park with stalls and a farmers market along Manor Road. 

It will involve closing Manor Road from the junction with Fishponds Road, near Porto Lounge, up to the junction with College Road, just past the zebra crossing by the surgery.

Sam, 46, a financial adviser, said: “The idea we have is for there to be bands and local talent performing on a stage at Fishponds Park.

“We also want a farmers’ market with stalls along Manor Road with local businesses promoting what they’re doing which could be anything from jewellery making to food to massage to manicures.

“There will be events for kids including crafts and arts and chalk games in the road.”

The grant from Bristol City Council is £2,500 but the committee is looking for further funds from local businesses and hope to also attract sponsorship and prizes.

The committee is now looking for people and businesses to rent stalls as well as enlisting stage acts/performers and volunteers to help out.

“This event will only work if we have the help and assistance of other Fishponds people and local businesses,” said Sam.

“Everybody needs to get involved in some shape or form. It could just be that a local business gives a 10 per cent off voucher that we put in a goody bag on the day. There’s a lot of work involved including getting a stage set up, closing roads and making sure all the acts and volunteers turn up on the day so we need as much support as possible.”

You can contact the committee via their Facebook page or email makesundayspecialinfishponds@hotmail.com.