The MFCH group is a formally and legally constituted local residents’ group working in Manor Farm with Bristol City Council (BCC) to gain some greatly needed community
space on the estate. The story of our group began in 2014 when it came to the attention of Anna George, a Manor Farm resident, via the Horfield and Lockleaze Partnership,
that the BCC was planning to redevelop the site of the former St Peters Elderly Persons Home on Bishopthorpe Road, right in the heart of Manor Farm, for new social housing.
This new build offered the potential for a new community building to be located there as part of the development. Shortly after that, an opportunity arose to bring this opportunity into the public arena when the then Mayor, George Ferguson, made a Mayoral visit in November 2014 to St Peter’s itself, and the Mayor pledged his support as did our two councillors, Claire Hiscott and Olly Mead.
The first action was to send the Mayor a Wish List, detailing all the activities and functions we would wish the community centre to be able to offer and host. That was the green light to organise and so the MFCH Core Committee was formed from residents who were passionate about making the community hub a reality, however long it may take. With the support of our BCC community development worker, we progressed through the stages of initial meetings, becoming an officially constituted group with trustee members, acquiring public liability insurance, opening a bank account, starting to liaise, via our councillors, with the various BCC departments about which options could be viable and having regular meetings.
Our Chair, Anna George, attended and spoke at a Full Council Meeting to state our case. We do not have, nor will we have, any regular guaranteed source of funding but have to apply for grant funding such as the NP Wellbeing Fund in order to meet running costs such as insurance and the costs of putting on public events and Fun Days to raise awareness over the whole estate.
More recently the community showed their support by voting our group into the top spot in 2018 to win £4,000.00 from Tesco Bags of Help, which is being used to cover costs and to fund events for the whole community to enjoy such as Window Wanderland on1st and 2nd March 2019. Things have moved on finally quite significantly over the last 4 years and plans are now in place for the building and these are currently subject to consultation – you can see the plans on the Facility Development page To view our constitution click here