Have fun with your camera – photographing our garden suburb
Well Sea Mills People- we all know how photogenic our Garden Suburb is!
We’re continuing the Sea Mills 100 celebrations with a photography trail in preparation for the Sea Mills Flower Show photography competition (entries required for Friday 6th September).
We will meet up at the Library on 24th August at 10am (we can have a look at the Sea Mills photographs in there) and then snap our way around Sea Mills, finishing at the Café on the Square, where we can compare photos.
Just bring along whatever camera you have (mine’s an iPhone 5). I can provide basic tips on how to create a pleasing photo if it would be useful- and if you’re an expert, we’d love to learn from you.
We can see lots of sunflowers all over the estate at the moment. Many are from the free sunflower planting sessions we did earlier in the year. If yours is flowering why not send us a picture for the gallery?
This year Sea Mills is being supported by the Architecture Centre to take part in Bristol Open Doors weekend.
A group of local people are receiving training and working together to plan their own guided walk of the area which they will lead on Sunday 15th September 2019. The walk will be part of an afternoon of events in Sea Mills that day. A minimal walking version of our heritage trail will be available inside Sea Mills Methodist Church and the Cafe on the Square will also be open.
Places on the walk are strictly limited so book yours at Sea Mills Library or book online now.
The weekend of 8th / 9th June 2019 was a special one for Sea Mills as we celebrated our centenary. Our mini-museum was complete, gift wrapped and ready to be opened by Lord Mayor Jos Clark and local writer and Sea Mills boy Derek Robinson.
There was a great turn out of local people, and it was fantastic to see how many people where interested in celebrating the heritage of their local area, including our local councillors and MP. The museum proved to be very popular with the audio clips inside being played over 300 times over the weekend. It’s a vert long time since any of us had seen a queue at a phone box!
As part of the weekend local people had research the history of their homes and put the information outside their houses as part of a heritage trail. One of the most amazing things for us was seeing people going around the trail with their maps ticking off the ones they had seen. It worked! People were doing it! It was also brilliant to meet people who had come from all over the country to see the trail, many of them previous residents, some of whom had contributed information for the trail.
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th are key dates in the Sea Mills 100 Calendar. Our mini-museum on the Square will open on Saturday and remain for at least a year.
Our heritage trail, devised by local residents will be open over the weekend. Visitors will be able to tour Sea Mills and find out who lived in some of the houses when they were first built.
It’s almost here. June 2019 will see in the 100th anniversary of the Sea Mills estate and we will be celebrating with a series of events over the weekend of the 8th and 9th June.
Sea Mills Heritage Trail 8th – 9th June 2019 Many of the public areas and buildings around Sea Mills will be open. A number of private houses will have information outside them in the street so that you can find out about the people that used to live there up to 100 years ago.
You can download a Sea Mills 100 trail map or pick up a copy from Sea Mills Library or the Cafe on the Square during the weekend.
Phone Box Mini-Museum Our mini-museum in the Sea Mills Square will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am on Saturday 8th June. The museum will remain available to few for at least one year with the display changing from time to time.
Programme Saturday 8th June:
10am Ribbon cutting – The Phone Box Mini-Museum Sea Mills Square 11am Football on the Rec Shire Colts Youth v Sea Mills Park 10-4pm Outdoor Heritage trail pick up a map from Cafe on the Square, Mini-Museum or Sea Mills Library. 10-4pm Buildings and spaces open for displays Cafe on the Square (cafe history and refreshments) Methodist Church (Brownies and Sea Mills Garden Club) St Edyth’s Church (Church history, Sea Mills Primary School, 126 Scouts) Sea Mills Community Centre (downstairs) (Community Centre History and Community Voice Newspaper) Sea Mills Library (Library history) Sea Mills Community Garden (History display also children’s activities 10-2pm) Highgrove Church (Church history plus “Your House in Cardboard” 12-4pm Mill House Public House (History display plus food and drink) 2pm Music on the Square 4pm Sea Mills AmDram present “Sea Mills a Centenary” at the Community Centre 5.30 BBQ at St Edyth’s Church (first come first served)
Sunday 9th June
10-4pm Outdoor Heritage trail pick up a map from Cafe on the Square, Mini-Museum or Sea Mills Library. Sunday services 10am St Edyth’s and 10.30 Methodist Church all welcome. Various times – Buildings and spaces open for displays 2-4pm Cafe on the Square (cafe history and cream teas for donation) 12-4pm Methodist Church (Brownies and Sea Mills Garden Club) 1-4pm St Edyth’s Church (Church history, Sea Mills Primary School, 126 Scouts) 10-4pm Sea Mills Community Centre (downstairs) (Community Centre History and Community Voice Newspaper) 10-4pm Sea Mills Library (Library history) 10-4pm Sea Mills Community Garden (History display also children’s activities 10-2pm) 12-4pm Mill House Public House (History display plus food and drink) 2pm Music on the Square. “The Big Lunch” community picnic, bring your own lunch plus something to share also cream teas (for donation) from the cafe on the Square. Outdoor games from the Ark project.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if Sea Mills & Coombe Dingle was filled with happy sunflowers this summer as we celebrate 100 years of our special garden suburb?
When the estate was first built every house had a front garden with a smart hedge defining the boundary. Over the years the uniformity of the house frontages has been lost and it has been suggested that if this year as many of us as possible grow sunflowers it can highlight how special it is to have a front garden in a city.
Sunflowers are also wonderful for nature with both bees and birds benefiting from them. They are easy to grow, especially with children due to the size of the seed and a good how to guide can be found here.
Seeds are being given out at Sea Mills Primary and growing events at the community Allotment as well as Red Bus nursery and toddler groups at St Edyth’s Church. Other seeds can be purchased at Henleaze garden centre and most major supermarkets and DIY outlets.
There will be sunflower categories in this years Sea Mills Flower and craft show taking place in September.
In between renovating the phone box we are taking part in Window Wonderland this Feb. The phone box will be lit up again on the evenings of 8th – 11th February. We are part of a trail around BS9 so why not do a tour and see what everyone is doing. Trail map and more details are on the window wanderland website.
Sat 27th April 11am – 1pm St Edyth’s Church Avonleaze BS9 2HU
Back by popular demand! Snack Chat and Reminisce gets a second outing but this time at a weekend so that more people can attend. We will again be at St Edyth’s Church Hall and it will be a chance to come along and share your memories, photographs and documents about Sea Mills. They’ll also be tea, cake and great company.
Today was an important day for the project. We started work on the phone box in the Square and also held our first session at Bristol Archives where we leaned about how to start researching our homes.
We think that the phone box will need three more sessions to complete the preparation for renewing the red paint. We do need a few more volunteers for this part of the project, particularly to help interact with the public, make sure no one trips on our equipment and look after the volunteers doing the sanding.
Here’s some pictures from today’s work, we even got a visit from our MP Darren Jones.