If you would like to get involved or just want to know more about the aims of the Forum please contact us.
If you like our improvements to The Parade come and join in making plans for future projects.
We would welcome more volunteers from the Parish. Come and see what we can do!
Contact: Peter Waller (Chairman) Tel: 01454 415717 or email:
Bob Walters (Secretary) Tel: 01454 411277 or email:
Graham Smith (Treasurer) Tel: 01454 413550 or email:
Congratulations to Peter Waller for organising September's Repair Cafe at St Helen’s.
With 23 items being repaired, a healthy donation for the next one (15th February 2020) both financial and volunteers and importantly lots of natter, a great success. Sustainability in action.
Peter Waller says: "The refreshments team were very efficient ensuring that everyone got coffees, teas and cakes and the repair volunteers proved to be the most resourceful and inventive in finding the faults in items and putting them right.
I was delighted to find such a range of skills existed in our team. Great work!"
The Community Forum is delighted to report that Alveston is now the proud owner of our first AED (defibrillator). Thanks to the generosity of so many local donors there was enough funding to buy a top of the range model which is now installed by the front entrance to the Jubilee Hall. You cannot miss it. It is bright green and even glows at night. There is easy parking in an emergency and all the instructions on how to gain access to the Defib are clearly given. You will, however, need your phone to dial 999 in an emergency before accessing the AED.
This site was chosen as it is close to the main A38, playing fields and adventure playground. As well as easy parking there were no issues about the installation and electricity supply for the unit thanks to the co-operation of the Jubilee Hall Management Committee.
Grateful thanks to Fred Britton and the Defib Working Group for arranging the purchase and installation of the AED and to Magnox for providing the manpower. The generous donation of £1,000 from the League of friends of Thornbury Hospital has left us with some surplus funds which will maintain the AED and be put towards siting a second AED in another part of Alveston in the future. Thank you everyone for your donations. The fund is still open for your contributions!
Alveston has experienced a busy fifteen months of fund-raising events to buy a defibrillator. Profits from a cupcake-coffee morning, fish and chip dinners, progressive suppers, musical entertainment, workshops and talks have been added to the proceeds of last year’s Flower Show’s 125 and the Community Show. Collecting boxes have been chinking and there have been generous donations from local businesses, associations, clubs and individuals amounting in total to over £5,000 raised to buy and maintain the recently installed defibrillator.
This Defibrillator is conveniently situated, with parking space, outside the Jubilee Hall adjacent to the Greenhill playing fields in Alveston (BS35 2QX).
A well-supported Awareness Day for residents was organised by the Defib Group. Around 100 residents “dropped-in” during the day. Each had the opportunity to take part in one of the countless demonstrations by trained members of the Defib Group showing how to operate a defibrillator. Every visitor was able to try out the potentially life-saving procedures on “manikins” loaned to us by Magnox. Most “trainees” were relieved to learn that it is surprisingly straightforward to use a Defib.
A formal Presentation of the Defib to Alveston was made by Forum project leader Elaine Lee who was given the honour of unveiling the real AED (Automated External Defibrillator). She praised the collective public spirit which had inspired so many children and adults to contribute to the fund raising campaign and thanked the Defib Group for their magnificent organisation of the event. Many of the organisations which had donated funds were represented during the day. The opportunity for further fund-raising was taken through a selection of refreshments and items for sale plus a raffle
Fund organisers thank the many supporters of this project including the Friends of Thornbury Hospital, Alveston Flower and Craft Show Committee, the Community Forum, Alveston Gardens Association, Alveston Pharmacy, Thornbury Cricket Club, Alveston Girlguiding, Olveston Sports and Social Club, Rolls Royce, the Youth Centre and the Jubilee Hall. We also acknowledge the thoughtfulness of families and friends of the late Brian & Jenny English and Bob Riddiford for money donated in memory of their loved ones.
The successful purchase and installation of a Defib for Alveston proves that community spirit is alive and well in Alveston, however, please note that the Fund remains open. Defibs need maintenance and being a large village we can find room for a second one!
Many volunteers and local traders have been involved in the work recently done to improve the Parade. It is important that we take steps to ensure that the Parade is maintained and does not deteriorate over the years.
It is proposed that a team of volunteers be recruited, each one responsible for keeping an eye on the parade for a few days each year. They will not be required to do very much. Perhaps a little light weeding, watering vulnerable plants after a dry spell, removing litter etc. If they see the need for heavier work or for repairs to be made they can report their observations to the Committee who will be there to arrange funding or a working party as appropriate.
Some of the volunteers may be young members of such organisations as the Scouts or Guides working under the supervision of their leaders or school children working with their parents.
Planting the flower bed at the shops
In addition the Committee will hold two working events per year for volunteers. One in the Spring to ensure that the bed is stocked and the shrubs and trees are healthy for the start of the growing season. The other in the Autumn to tidy the beds, remove dead or unwanted growth and prepare for the winter.
If you can help with this important work please contact Peter Waller by e-mail at or by phone on 01454 415717 with your name and details. Thank you.
Early on it was decided that the Forum would set out to improve the privately owned forecourt of Greenhill Parade. As most of our village shops are based here it is the centre of our Parish. A dedicated Working Group has met regularly, since Forum’s inception, planning and implementing improvements.
Funds from Magnox and South Glos Environment Fund have paid for tree removal, paving repairs and reshaping of flower beds ready for replanting. We have had hundreds of bulbs donated by a local garden centre and planted by children from the local school. Bricks donated by Ibstock Cattybrook enabled repairs to be made to the steps, and a hand rail supplied and fitted by Magnox workshop has improved safe access to the shops for less mobile residents. Bicycle stands have been installed and seats will be put in soon.
Bulb planting at the shops
The Parish will benefit hugely from the improved safety and appearance. The help and advice of local volunteers and tradesmen has been greatly appreciated. Many hours of hard labour, as well as planning, are still being devoted to this project but the results are now becoming clear to see.