Sea Mills Sunflowers 2019

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. 

Window Wanderland 8-11th Feb 2019

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.

Snack & Chat II – Sat 27th April 2019

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.

February Action!

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.

Is this you?

As we go through the project we are collecting lots of old photographs. Some come with names and dates but others don’t. We will post some of them here, let us know if you recognise a friend, relative or even yourself – or if you can help us date a photograph.

Photograph 1. Sea Mills School 1932

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A series of small challenges…

One of the most exciting and visible parts of the Sea Mills 100 project is the renovation of the phone box in Sea Mills Square on the junction of Shirehampton Road with St Edyth’s Road to turn it into our mini-museum in time for the 100th anniversary in June.

After the phone in the kiosk was disconnected by BT the box was officially “adopted” by Sea Mills Community Initiatives in order to put it to community use. It’s already housed our christmas tree and lights and now it’s time to get started on turning it into our museum. This is as the title suggests a “series of small challenges”. Our box currently is without most of its glass, the door doesn’t close properly, a transom bar is missing and it’s slightly the wrong colour. Also we don’t have the power supply we need to light it or to power the audio interpretation we would like to put in our museum.

All phone boxes have some sort of power supply, apparently a few rural ones ran on batteries but most have an unmetered mains supply, ours did but we adopted it as disconnected, without the supply. We have been looking into getting this reconnected, the alternative would be some sort of solar power arrangement. To cut a long story short, after speaking to Western Power this weeks small challenge is to get into the fusebox area of the phone box to see if the wiring is still connected. Challenge one – identify the tool needed to remove the security panel. Challenge two – find and order said tool. I’m sure the there will be further challenges but at the moment we await the removal of the panel!

We will keep you posted but if you can help, please get in touch. We’ll be looking very soon for an electrician to help us with our installation, it could be your quickest “whole building rewire” ever!

Children’s work – library exhibition

In November 2018 we ran “Snack, Chat and Reminisce”, a chance for older residents to get together over a cuppa and some cake and share memories at St Edyth’s Church.

The group were joined by a year 6 class from Sea Mills Primary School who had been learning about the area and about interviewing people. They had lots of questions to ask.


Now the children have written up the stories they were told and they are on display at Sea Mills Library along with some historic photos of the area. Pop along and have a look.

Snack, Chat and Reminisce was made possible with additional funding from Heritage Schools, LinkAge and the support of Local Learning.

Find out about your home – Sat Feb 2nd & Wed Feb 6th

Free workshops
Bristol Archives

B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Rd, Bristol BS1 6XN

Sat 2nd February 1.30pm (FULL)
Wed 6th February 1.30pm (FULL)

(both identical 2 hour workshops)

We have arranged free workshops with Bristol Archives to show us how we can find out about our homes and the people that lived in them when they were new. A lot of our homes in Sea Mills were built in the 1920’s and would have housed returning veterans of WW1, however some houses were later, and a few have been around a lot longer. Come and find out when your home was built and start to find out who lived there. We will also be looking at public buildings and the history of the estate. We’ll be looking mainly at houses in Sea Mills Coombe Dingle, but if you don’t live in the immediate area you could still come and help as there will be lots to do.

The information we gather will form part of a heritage trail and our mini-museum which opens in the old red phone box on Sea Mills Square in June 2019.

Email us to book info@seamills100.co.uk