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Following the work of BID Clifton Village there is now ample 3 and 5-hour parking, with 30 minutes free across Clifton Village.

We are continuing to raise highlighted concerns with Bristol City Council including the 9pm finish, poor transport links and lack of Pay and Display bays.

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BID Supported Events

 

Wednesday 8th March 2017 - Clifton Breakfast Club

8.00am- 9.00am in The Avon Gorge Hotel
Destination Bristol tell us why people visit Bristol

We were delighted to welcome guest speakers Kathryn Davis and Faye Batchelor from Destination Bristol to the White Lion Bar in the Avon Gorge Hotel for  our March Breakfast Club meeting last week.

Destination Bristol plays an enormous role in helping attract visitors to Bristol from both the UK and overseas market.  Kathryn, the Head of Tourism described current and future visitor trends and why people love coming to Clifton in particular. Faye, the Commercial Manager who is practised in working with local businesses, talked about how businesses can engage with Destination Bristol and ways local businesses can work together and make the most of all that the city has to offer.

The  newly refurbished White Lion Bar proved to be the perfect venue with the  bacon butties and pastries coming in second to none, a great start to the day for all who attended. For more information go to http://www.visitbristol.co.uk

Tuesday 7th February 2017 - BID Clifton Village - Annual General Meeting


We are delighted to invite you to the forthcoming BID Clifton Village  Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 6pm in the Clifton Library.

Before the meeting starts at 6pm please come and enjoy a glass of wine and catch up with other local businesses, doors open at 5.30pm.
 
We will be summarising the past year and looking at the exciting plans we have for the Village in 2017. This is also an excellent opportunity for you to tell the BID Board your ideas for the forthcoming months and how we can help your business.

We would very much like to encourage you to attend, the Council budget cuts have been well publicised and now more than ever it is vital for all of the businesses in Clifton to work together to ensure the prosperity of the village is both encouraged and maintained.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Wednesday 9th November 2016 - The Big Clifton Switch on!

The arrival of a huChristmas Cliftonge 55ft Christmas Tree in The Mall Gardens earlier this month caused quite a stir. The biggest community tree in the country was soon adorned with gifts and baubles and Wednesday 9th November marked the first Christmas switch on in Bristol.

Huge crowds gathered to see ninety-six-year-old Dorothy Kear ‘the Duchess of Clifton’ press the big red button and switch on the Christmas tree lights.  Dorothy was born in Mortimer House and has lived in Clifton all her life. Her father ran the Royal Oak where she used to serve the GI’s stationed at Clifton College during the war and she went onto marry local man Dennis Kear. The perfect celebrity for the night I am sure you will agree.

This year, BID Clifton Village chose to support the charity Penny Brohn UK. Christmas CliftonThanks to the generosity of everyone in the village an impressive £710 was collected on the night. Penny Brohn UK relies heavily on donations to reach as many people as possible and so this support was extremely gratefully received.
Clifton Village was also delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Bristol Jeff Lovell and after some beautiful carol singing, courtesy of the Christ Church Choir, the tree was blessed by Rev Paul Langham. It was a truly magical evening enjoyed by many families and marked the start of Christmas perfectly.
The tree will now be fully illuminated until January and in the next couple of weeks the streets of Clifton Village will start to twinkle with the lights of lots of mini Christmas trees. Festive windows are everywhere you look and the coverage in the Bristol Evening Post and on Made in Bristol is sure to attract Christmas shoppers and revellers to Clifton Village from across the city.

Wednesday 2nd November 2016 - Clifton Breakfast Club
Catching Up Over a Bacon Sandwich!

Dan JohnstoneOn the 2nd November we were delighted to welcome Dan Johnstone, a Bristol based Senior Surveyor at Colliers International and a specialist in Rating, to the latest Clifton Breakfast Club. The subject of discussion was the new rateable values, and Dan proved to be extremely knowledgeable with the talk being well received.

The Rodney Hotel provided a delicious breakfast in the beautiful Admiral Room. A feast of bacon sandwiches, pastries, fruit and coffee was enjoyed by all and it was a great opportunity for the village to get together, catch up and share ideas.

Breakfast ClubBID Clifton Village would like to thank Dan Johnston for taking the time to come and talk to us in such an informative way. His time and knowledge was greatly appreciated by all. We would also like to thank the Rodney Hotel and Monica, for once again providing the perfect backdrop and an excellent early morning breakfast.

If you were unable to come along and have concerns about the new rateable values, Dan Johnstone has offered his services to the Clifton BID. Dan has worked in partnership previously with the Gloucester Road and Bedminster BID’s, saving occupiers over £25,000 in the process. Dan’s services are provided on a strictly no-win no-fee basis without any upfront cost. If you would like a free discussion regarding your rates, please contact Dan on 0117 917 2059 or daniel.johnstone@colliers.com

The next Breakfast Club will be in January 2017 (details to follow shortly) and it would be great to have your company.

Monday 31st October 2016 - THAT Group Public Consultation: 2 – 16 Clifton Down Road - 5pm – 7.30pm Clifton Library

THAT Group are hosting a public consultation event on Monday 31 October 2016 at Clifton Library regarding proposals to redevelop this key site in Clifton village which is bounded by Clifton Down Road, Boyce’s Avenue and King’s Road.
Following two previously consented but non-viable designs, and a previous scheme in 2014/15, the current scheme features a mixed-use commercial development of less square footage than previously, to include a range of retail units on the lower floor levels, with office space above and top floor restaurant space.

The event on 31 October follows the recent public exhibition of revised proposals which were on display at the site on 5 September and online. That Group and their design and planning team have considered the feedback from the consultation last month and would now like to share further proposals with key stakeholders and those living and working in the area before working up a final scheme for planning.

Doors will be open to near neighbours and public from 5:00pm – 7.30pm. Given the large number of people who wanted to look at exhibition boards last time there will be a number of short sit down presentations to ensure that attendees can view the proposals more easily.  These will be on the hour and half hour on a ‘first come first served’ basis with the last session starting at 7pm, and finishing at 7.30pm.

Following the consultation event, the exhibition material and a feedback survey will also be available at www.thatgroup.co.uk/cliftonvillage.

October 2016 - Discover Clifton: The 20 Ways Winners!

Discover Clifton – 20 Ways was an initiative we launched earlier this year to demonstrate the various ways people can reach and explore the Village. Stunning pictures of Bristol were captured by people on their travels and more than 100 images were then displayed in a beautiful pop-up art gallery in Clifton Library.

20 ways winners

Residents and visitors were asked to vote for their favourite photos, either by going into Clifton Library or viewing the gallery on the Clifton Village Facebook page. All votes are now in and we are delighted to announce the winners as;

  • 1st Prize – Richard Ford
  • 2nd Prize – Carolyn Eaton
  • 3rd Prize – Gabriella Kuzak

Congratulations and thank you for all those taking part, both photographers and voters – it has been a lot of fun!

September 2016 - Newsletter (Tour of Britain)

Tour of BritainDownload the latest Newsletter to read all about Clifton Village's Tour of Britain experience.

"Clifton Village was transformed for the Tour of Britain, the addition of the yellow bikes and the giant TV screen added so much to the atmosphere and thousands of people floced to the area to watch the Tour and enjoy the atmosphere. Well done to the team there who made it such a special day for the people in Clifton Village" - John Hirst, Chief Executive Destination Bristol

Monday 5th September 2016 - Public Consultation Event

That Group will be holding a Public Consultation event to discuss their plans for the former W H Smith building (2 – 16 Clifton Down Road) at 6pm on Monday 5th September.

Click to view further details (PDF)

 

Tuesday 2nd August 2016 - Tour of Britain planning session

The Tour of Britain is coming to Bristol. Clifton Village will see two stages of this iconic event, racing through Christ Church Green then over the bridge.

You are invited to a social get-together on Tuesday 2 August 5.30pm at Nettle and Rye. Please join us in making Clifton Village cycle crazy on 10th September 2016.

Tuesday 14th June 2016 - Business Rates Relief drop-in session

Have you got queries about your business rates?  BID CV asked Bristol City Council to run a drop-in session for business members to answer queries on business rates.  This is now happening on 14th June  at Clifton Library –between 2:45pm and 4:45 pm (the library closes promptly at 5pm). 

Saturday 11th June 2016 12noon–3pm - The Clifton Picnic

Come and see the culinary delights Clifton Village has to offer and then enjoy your picnic on Christchurch Green.

Clifton Picnic

Summer 2016 - Launching ‘Discover Clifton – 20 ways’

‘Discover Clifton – 20 Ways’ will be launched in May.  This encourages people to explore different ways to get to Clifton Village, record their journeys, and to discover the Village experience.   There will be walks around Clifton Village Saturday 14th May (at 2pm) and a colour walk on Sunday 15th May from the Cottage (by Underfell Yard) into Clifton Village.  There will be events through June to September, including cycling taster sessions and a Big Picnic in June.  As part of Big Green Week, BID Clifton Village members will also be receiving an invitation to a special evening event for 16th June (6-7pm) on travel planning for work, with expertise from Stride Treglown and TravelWest – please note in your diary. 

20 Ways

Monday 16th May 2016 -Tour to Clifton Village

Also a reminder that there will be a trip to Clifton Village for a German cruise trip, organised by Destination Bristol.  The trip will involve upto 100 German tourists spending the day with us on 16th May.  BID Clifton Village will be arranging to meet them and provide information on exploring the Village Experience. 

Wednesday 11th May 2016 - Clifton Village Breakfast Club

This is a great opportunity for business members to:

  • Meet and network with other businesses in Clifton Village
  • Get up-to-speed with Auto Enrolment  – Simon Stygall of Anderson Financial Management will be discussing this important issue which affects small and large businesses alike. All businesses can get information, advice and discuss the implications for you.  Larger businesses are welcome to send your HR / Finance lead. 
  • Let us know your priorities for future business networking sessions.

Tuesday 6th October 2015 - Clifton Village Library Meeting

As I am sure you are aware the Library in Clifton Village has recently avoided closure. The hours of opening will be reduced and the Library will still be vulnerable to future cuts.

Clifton has no community centre, so would you like to see the Library offering a more diverse choice of activities and services to the local community?

A meeting is being held in the Library on Tuesday 6th October, 2 – 4pm, offering you the opportunity to have your say. By creating a strong ‘friends’ group, we can help to safeguard the service.

Please do come along and support your local library.  If you are unable to attend on Tuesday, but would like to comment, please email Paula O’Rouke on paula.orourke@hotmail.co.uk 

Monday 6th July 2015 - Shaun in the City!

Shaun in Clifton ViillageI couldn’t wait to tell you all who I met this morning! Shear Speed Helter Skelter who will be grazing the summer months away in the Mall Gardens.

I also met Gavin Strange the designer and inspiration behind Clifton Village’s Shaun in the City. The only interactive Shaun in the flock, he will be arriving in the Village over the weekend ready for the official launch on Monday 6th July.

Please join us in the Mall Gardens on Monday at 5.30pm when you will have the opportunity to meet Gav and to welcome Shear Speed Helter Skelter to the village.

 

Wednesday 10th June 2015 - Charity Auction - in aid of the Nepal earthquake victims

BID Clifton Village will be holding a charity auction on 10th June (7pm) at All Saints Church. We need your help! Please donate items for the auction. See the leaflet for more details.

Over 50 amazing items are have been donated for the auction - Click to Download the current list.

Friday 5th - Sunday 21st June 2015 - Clifton FoodFest


Click this link to see Details of Foodfest press coverage

6th Dec 2014 - 150th Anniversary of Clifton Suspension Bridge

December leaflet

Wednesday 12th November - Clifton Illuminations

Tuesday 4th November BID Clifton Village Annual General

BID Clifton Village - Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 4th November, 6.00pm, to be held at Clifton High School

26th to 28th September - Discover Clifton Village 

This autumn, Clifton Village's diverse range of shops, restaurants and businesses will come together to showcase the beautiful suburb of Clifton, with a weekend of in-store events, music and entertainment.

Discover Clifton Village, which is being held between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th September, is the first of it's kind in Clifton and will give you the chance to see what the Village has to offer.  As well as all our in-store events, there will be face painting in Boyces Avenue and The Mall Gardens, Pottery painting and croquet in the Mall Gardens, A string quartet in The Clifton Arcade and we will also be joined by the Brass Junkies, a New Orleans inspired brass band!
Booking is not required, so please join us in the Village to Discover Clifton Village.

Tuesday 16th September, 6pm - Website Launch Drinks Reception -

We are very excited to announce the launch of Clifton Village's website, Discover Clifton Village.  Please see the invitation link.

We very much hope that all BID Businesses will be able to join us to share the moment when our website goes live to the outside world.  You will also have the opportunity to see how your own business directory page can look and help to promote local businesses.

Monday 8th September, 8am - Clifton Breakfast Club

Hartnell Taylor Cook will be joining us to speak on the subject of Commercial Property Leases Repairs and Dilapidations.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so do email me if you have not yet reserved a place rosie@bidcliftonvillage.co.uk

There will be the opportunity to meet other businesses from the Village and enjoy a relaxed chat over breakfast first.

If you have any suggestions for speakers or requests for subjects you would like to hear about at future Clifton Breakfast Clubs, please do forward them to me.

July 4th 2014 - Independents Day

It’s Bristol Independents Day on 4 July. Full details on how to get involved can be found at here. Please tweet about it using the hash tag #BristolIndies. 

May 2014 - Clifton in Bloom

Clifton in BloomOnce again Bristol City Council are organising Hanging Baskets and amazingly are keeping the price at £70 plus VAT which represents incredible value for money and they even water them for you as well! If you haven’t had a basket before, don’t worry, you’ll just need to have a bracket installed (cost £75 plus VAT).

We need to order our baskets by FRIDAY 9TH MAY.  Just email info@bidcliftonvillage.co.uk with your name, address, contact phone number and number of baskets required. If you would like a bracket please also advise where this is to be fixed

CLIFTON VILLAGE HAS BEEN ENTERED IN PENNANT CATEGORY OF SOUTH WEST IN BLOOM 2014 AND WE NEED YOUR HELP IF WE ARE TO CONTINUE OUR WINNING STREAK

We would encourage you all to have hanging baskets & planters around your premises and also to join the Clifton Sunflower Challenge – we’re hoping Clifton will be awash with Sunflowers in August!!

Here are some pictures from the children at Clifton High School who have been taking part in the Sunflower Challenge.

 

6th May 2014 - Clifton Breakfast Club at The Avon Gorge Hotel

SOCIAL MEDIA & HOW IT CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS

We only have 3 spaces left so if you would like to join in reserve your space now by emailing rosie@bidcliftonvillage.co.uk.

The aim of the Breakfast Club is to give local businesses the opportunity to meet up over an informal breakfast, followed by a short business related talk. Rin Hamburgh from Inside Scoop will be giving an introductory talk on Social Media – it promises to be both interesting and informative.

23rd April 2014 - World Book Night

BID Clifton Village has been chosen to be a GIVER on WORLD BOOK NIGHT on 23rd April 2014.  World Book night is a celebration of reading and books and is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading to pick up a book and read.

World Book Night BristolOn the day we will be giving away 18 copies of each of the following books:

  • Adele Parks - Whatever it Takes
  • John Grisham - Theodore Boone
  • Getting Rid of Matthew - Jane Fallow

We would like to invite you to pick-up your free copy of one of these books, from outside the Library on Wednesday 23rd April, between 12 and 1pm (whilst stocks last).

For further information regarding World Book Night or any of the above titles, please see worldbooknight.org

Please do come and collect a free book on Wednesday and after you have read it, pass it on to the next reader!

Remember  .... Keep Reading!!!

12th April to 18th April 2014 - Keep Feet Fit Week

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking!  Friedrich Nietzsche

Keep Feet Fit Week is a national campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of well-fitting footwear and the health implications related to poor fitting shoes.  

Solelution in Boyces Avenue are planning a number of Easter themed activities throughout the week, inckuding an Easter Treasure Hunt around Clifton Village and we wondered who else would like to get involved?

View full details of the week and see how you too, can take part.

Continuing our health and fitness related activities, over the next few months BID will also be supporting the following events, in order to inspire more people to go walking, showcase the city both locally and nationally and celebrate Bristol’s reputation as a green, vibrant and creative place:-

31st March to 13th April - Clifton Food Fest

<< view the Cifton FoodFest web page >>

Clifton FoodFestClifton Food Fest is the new name for the Tennerfest that you will have read about in two recent mailings. We are planning the Village’s FIRST Clifton Food Fest - a celebration of great value food! This has been run in the Channel Islands for 15 years. This is an exciting new opportunity for our Restaurants, Pubs (serving food), Cafes and Delis to highlight the number, quality and variety of eating experiences available in the Village.

We are hoping that as many of you as possible will join in. If you would like to take part, please send me the completed form,For all those Restaurants, Pubs (who serve food), Cafes and Delis, who would like to participate please download the form, complete and email back to Rosie, by Friday 14th February.

A few guidelines to help you chose your offer are:- 

  • It is a clear £10 offer
  • It is food related
  • It is added value, a special offer and not normally offered to your customers.
We are currently looking into incorporating a loyalty scheme into Tennerfest. For example, if 5 stamps are collected from different eateries, customers can enter a prize draw to win a food related prize.  

We will be supporting the event with the following promotional activity:- 
  • A5 leaflets
  • A4 posters
  • A5 empty belly leaflets - for you to produce your own branded menus and offers.  These will be emailed to you and will also be available to download from the website.
  • Window stickers
  • Tennerfest website - address TBC
  • Twitter
  • PR campaign

28th March 2014 - Essential First Aid Course

We will be running an Essential First Aid Course on Friday 28th March, 10am-12pm. Bookings are on a first come, first served basis and costs £10 per person.

Aims
The course covers emergency life support techniques for an adult casualty, and covers serious conditions and incidents.
It is ideal for people who would like to be trained in Basic Life Support skills and know what to do when initially faced with an emergency situation.

Who should attend
This course is for members of BID Clifton Village who want to learn how to deal with accidents and injuries involving an adult.

Course content

  • Communication and casualty care
  • Looking after yourself and the casualty
  • Adult resuscitation
  • Treatment of choking in adults
  • Treatment of severe bleeding
  • Treatment of chest pains
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty.

The course is being kindly hosted by Nuffield Health, at the recently opened Chesterfield Hospital. If you would like to attend, please email Rosie to reserve your place. The maximum number for the course is 15 delegates, however, depending upon the response, we can book additional courses for the spring.

24th January 2014 - Pre-Burns Night Drinks

The evening at The Avon Gorge Hotel was an opportunity for Clifton Village BID members to get together and there was also an update on Residential Parking Scheme.

John Seaman kindly took photos

<< See more of John's photos from the evening >>

22nd to 24th January 2014 - January BluesJanuary Blues

Three days of free...

View our CliftonGetsHealthy page for full details of all events and courses.

Make those New Year resolutions a reality!

"Privileged again to be welcomed as part of the team for Clifton Gets Healthy, 'January Blues' event. Thanks to the Avon Gorge Hotel for the use of a very peaceful suite over looking the Bridge for the 3 days I was there, made to feel very much at home the minute I walked in. Treated 13 people with various therapies and conditions, including a few of the staff of the hotel. A very positive experience once again, many thanks to all."
Jim Green acupuncturist/masseur/multi therapist

14th November 2013 - Christmas switch on

CLiftin Village ChristmasThis year our tree is a massive 55ft.

At the lighting up celebration at The Mall Gardens Thursday 14th Nov there were over 1000 people in attendance and we were delighted to have the Mayor and Lord Major both present as well as special guest Donna the Donkey!.

Christmas Clifton Village Clifton Village Christmas

A big thank you to Nuffield Health for generously sponsoring the tree for Clifton Village for Christmas 2013. Also to Amy at the Clifton Club for their generous hospitality.
At the light up event on Thursday 14th November, we raised money for the charity Golden Gift Appeal. Visitors to the event generously donated over £280 to this wonderful cause. The Golden Gift Appeal is currently raising £6m to make the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre into the very best.

17th October 2013 - AGM Meeting

The BID Clifton Village AGM will be held on Thursday 17th October, 2013, at 6.30 pm, in the Riverside Suite of the Avon Gorge Hotel.

If you would like to attend please send an email to info@bidcliftonvillage.co.uk

All BID members are invited to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

Clifton Gets Healthy - w/c 23rd September

We are pleased to announce the first ‘Clifton Get Healthy’. This features a series of events which will be held throughout the entire BID Area. 

<< See the fully schedule on our Clifton Gets Healthy page >>

StClifton Gets Healthyarting at 7.30am on the Monday there will be fitness activities to suit all shapes and sizes. They will be free to all and it is hoped to encourage all businesses, customers and residents to participate and get healthy.  Restaurants, delis, pubs, hotels, etc are being encouraged to promote and create healthy food.

On Saturday 25th September there will be a Health Check Day in The Mall Gardens with Nuffield Health offering a variety of health checks.

This is an ideal opportunity for us all to commit to getting healthy, to increase awareness and footfall to the village – make the most of it.– if you can help in anyway do let us know.

From 1st July 2013 (for 10 weeks) - Gromit Unleashed

Gromit Unleashed CliftonFollowing on from the success of the Gorillas, this summer Bristol will be home to a large number of Gromit statues and BID Clifton Village has secured one for 10 weeks from July 1st.  The campaign is to raise money for the Children’s Hospital and the Gromits will, as with the Gorillas, be auctioned off for this Charity.  

Gromit UnleashedThere will be additional Gromits at the Nuffield Hospital and the Avon Gorge Hotel, thus creating a ‘trail’ for visitors to follow around the village. This will bring more visitors and tourists into Clifton Village over the summer, and enable us to show off all that our wonderful village has to offer.

<< Read more details on our Gromit Unleashed Page >>

Saturday 20th July 2013 - Gromit Day in Mall Gardens (11am to 3pm)

We held the first of three Gromit Unleashed days in the Mall Gardens with proceeds going to the Gromit Unleashed charity. It was great fun for the kids with face painting, Gromit cookie decorating and ceramic Gromit painting.

Here are a few pictures from the event.

We're always looking for other people to help support events so if you have an idea or an activity that we can incorporate into the next Gromit day just let us know and we'd love to include it.

21st June 2013 - Wrong Trouser Day.

Wrong Trousers Day Bristol

We challenged all businesses/staff to put a team(s) together for our Three Legged Race along Kings Road and Boyces Avenue.

Thanks to all who took part and for all who also donated for charity.

 

<< Click on the images to enlarge >>

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