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 by Abi Stubbs

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We hold meetings every other month to discuss ideas for events and works to be done on the hill and to pass on any news or information. Although we have an agenda and our Chair tries to keep some sort of order the meetings are very informal and light hearted. We would be very pleased to see anyone who has an interest in the hill, its history or its wildlife.


Friends of Troopers HillNext Friends of Troopers Hill meeting:
Thursday 8th February 7.15pm

Other 2018 meeting dates:

6th April, 28th June, 4th October, 6th December (AGM)

All meetings at 7.15 pm on Thursdays at
Summerhill Methodist Church
5 Air Balloon Road
BS5 8LB

Presentation to Jules

Minutes of Past Meetings (in pdf format, click on dates)

The descriptions show the main items discussed but other subjects such as work needed on the hill also come up at most meetings and are covered in the minutes.

7th December 2017
AGM - Minutes here soon. The Friends of Troopers Hill chair & committee were re-elected to serve for another year.

12th October 2017
Hill maintenance; Work parties and other works; Little Elizabeth's bench; Ways to Nature; Natural Learners; Woodland; Defribulator; Troopers Hill Field; Events; Impact of Council Cuts

13th July 2017
Short meeting followed by a picnic on the Hill.
Natural Learners; Hill maintenance; Work parties and other works; Projects - Ways to Nature; Troopers Hill Field; Events; Impact of Council Cuts; It's Your Neighbourhood - Outstanding.

1st June 2017
Hill maintenance; Work parties and other works; ParkWork; Projects - Ways to Nature; Troopers Hill Field; Events; Impact of Council Cuts; Networking; St George Community Network; Awards; Facebook/Twitter; Newsletter.

2nd February 2017
AGM & Committee membership; Toddler group and after school club on Troopers Hill; Hill maintenance; Work parties and other works; Troopers Hill Field; Events; Impact of Council Cuts; Networking; Website, Newsletter.

1st December 2016
AGM & Review of 2016, at Summerhill Methodist Church.
The following were re-elected to the committee of Friends of Troopers Hill for 2016
Chair - Susan; Treasurer - Norman; Secretary - Margaret; other committee members: Rob & Rod.

29th September 2016
Hill maintenance; Work parties and other works; Troopers Hill Field; Events; Impact of Council Cuts; Networking; awards; Facebook, Newsletter.

14th July 2016
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; Work parties and other works; Events; Networking; awards; Facebook, Newsletter.

12th May 2016
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; Work parties and other works; Events; Stargazing; Networking; awards; Facebook, Newsletter.

11th February 2016
EGM, Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; Work parties and other works; Dark Sky designatiion; Events; LNR grant; awards; Facebook, Newsletter.
The EGM agreed some minor changes to our constitution to meet the requirements of a grant funder. The changes are shown in red on Rev F of our constitution.

3rd December 2015
AGM & Review of 2015, at Summerhill Methodist Church. The following were elected to the committee of Friends of Troopers Hill for 2016
Chair - Susan; Treasurer - Norman; Secretary - Margaret; other committee members: Rob, Chris & Rod.

12th November 2015
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; Work parties and other works; Events; Events for 2016; LNR 20 years Celebration; assessments for awards; Facebook, Newsletter.

10th September 2015
Hill maintenance; Community payback; Troopers Hill Field Play Area; Work parties and other works; Events; Future Events; LNR 20 years Celebration; assessments for awards; Facebook, Newsletter.

9th July 2015
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field Play Area; Donation from Beeses and proposed works; St George Green Capital Art Project; Work Parties; Recent Events; Future Events; LNR 20 years Celebration; Parkhive App; Assessments for awards; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Newsletter.

14th May 2015
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field Play Area; Work Parties; Recent Events; Future Events; LNR Celebration; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Newsletter.

12th March 2015
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field Play Area; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; Networking; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Newsletter.

22nd January 2015
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; Events for 2015; Networking; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Newsletter.

4th December 2014
AGM & Review of 2014, at Summerhill Methodist Church. The following were elected to the committee of Friends of Troopers Hill for 2015
Chair - Susan; Treasurer - Norman; Secretary - Helen; other committee members: Rob, Kit, Margaret & Clare.

6th November 2014
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; Events for 2015; NP Green Capital Grant; Green Flag & RHS Awards; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Newsletter.

11th September 2014
During this meeting we made a presentation to Julian Thomas who is leaving Bristol City Council Parks at the end of the month. Jules has been our Community Park Keeper since 2006 and has regularly attended our meetings. He has worked hard to ensure that Troopers Hill always looked good and and to help preserve its unique ecology. Jules played a major part in the success of Friends of Troopers Hill over that time - Thanks Jules.
You can see some photos of the presentation here
Other issues covered: Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; Planning Meeting; Green Capital Funds; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Newsletter.

24th July 2014
Hill maintenance; Dog Fouling; RHS judging; Fun Trail markers; Hedge Cutting; Troopers Hill Field; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; Green Capital Funds; Donations; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Newsletter.

29th May 2014
Hill maintenance; BBQs; Dog Fouling; Green Flag; Troopers Hill Field; Works to the upper chimney; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; Donation from Beese's; Networking; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Newsletter.

27th March 2014
RIP Justin Smith; Hill maintenance; Dangerous dogs and dog fouling; Troopers Hill Field; Works to the upper chimney; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Networking; Newsletter.

30th January 2014
Hill maintenance; Dog Fouling; Troopers Hill Field; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; St George in Bloom; Green Capital Partnership; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Spring Newsletter.

5th December 2013
AGM & Review of 2013 and the first 10 years of Friends of Troopers Hill, at Summerhill Methodist Church. Last year's committee was re-elected for another 12 months.

14th November 2013
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; The Chimneys; Contacts with the Press; It's Your Neighbourhood; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; Events for 2014; More material from Mr George Elliott; Facebook, Twitter & website update; Christmas Newsletter.

26th Sept 2013
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; The Chimneys; Stepping Forward 2013; It's Your Neighbourhood; Green Flag; Work Parties; Volunteering; St George Strollers; Events; Donation of Historical Research; Facebook & website update; Twitter; Newsletter.

25th July 2013
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; The Chimneys; Green Dog Walkers Scheme; Stepping Forward 2013; It's Your Neighbourhood; Work Parties; Volunteering; St George Strollers; Events; Donation of Historical Research; Facebook & website update; Twitter; Newsletter.

30th May 2013
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field; Top Chimney; Lower Stack; Stepping Forward 2013; St George NP; Work Parties; Corporate Volunteering; St George Strollers; Events; Green Flag; Historic Documents; Facebook & website update; Twitter; Newsletter.

7th Mar 2013
Hill maintenance; Troopers Hill Field path; Stepping Forward 2013; 10th Anniversary; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; Facebook & website update; Twitter; Newsletter.

24th Jan 2013
Hill maintenance; Stepping Forward 2013; Work Parties; Advertising for volunteers; Green Flag; It's Your Neighbourhood; St George Strollers; Events; Bristol99; Facebook & website update; Twitter; Newsletter.

6th Dec 2012
AGM & Review of 2012, at Summerhill Methodist Church. Last year's committee was re-elected for another 12 months.

4th Oct 2012
Hill maintenance; Greendown hedge maintenance; Stepping Forward progress; Other Funding Opotunities; Work Parties; Green Flag; It's Your Neighbourhood; St George Strollers; Events; Facebook & website update; Newsletter; Email address list.

12th July 2012
Hill maintenance; Stepping Forward progress; Work Parties; Bristol in Bloom; St George Strollers; Events; Funding; Facebook & website update; Newsletter; Species lists

31st May 2012
Hill maintenance; Trees Trooopers Hill Field; Stepping Forward progress; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Funding; Events; Facebook & website update; Newsletter

29th Mar 2012
Hill maintenance; Clean up campaign; Stepping Forward progress; Work Parties; Management Plan update; St George Strollers; Events; Funding; Facebook update; Newsletter

12th Jan 2012
Hill maintenance; Clean up campaign; Stepping Forward progress; Work Parties; Management Plan update; St George Strollers; Events; Funding; Facebook update; Newsletter

8th Dec 2011
AGM & Review of 2011, at Summerhill Methodist Church
PDF of Slide Show - Tree planting Video - Summer Fun Video Slide Show

10th Nov 2011
At Summerhill Methodist Church
Hill maintenance; RHS "It's Your Neighbourhood"; Work Parties; Management Plan update; St George Strollers; Events; Funding

1st Sept 2011
At Summerhill Methodist Church
Hill maintenance; Neighbourhood Engagement Team; RHS "It's Your Neighbourhood" judging; Work Parties; Area Green Space Plan update; St George Strollers; Events; Stepping Forward; Community Festival and Events Fund; Facebook page; Newsletter

7th July 2011
At Summerhill Methodist Church
Hill maintenance; Green Flag Judging; RHS "It's Your Neighbourhood" judging; Work Parties; Area Green Space Plan update; St George Strollers; Events; Stepping Forward; Facebook page; Pride of Place; Newsletter

12th May 2011
At Summerhill Methodist Church
Hill maintenance; Work Parties; St George Strollers; Events; Stepping Forward; Facebook page; Newsletter

3rd March 2011
At Summerhill Methodist Church
Meeting Management; Wild City; Hill maintenance; Work Parties; Events; Walking for Health; Stepping Forward; Awards for All; Newsletter

13th January 2011
At Summerhill Methodist Church
Gill Dyte; Hill maintenance; Tree Planting Troopers Hill Field; Work Parties; Events; Stepping Forward; Walking for Health; Awards for All; Newsletter

AGM
5th December 2010

At Summerhill Methodist Church
Slide show and video review of 2010 & AGM. A pdf copy of the slide show can be seen here: AGM 2010 Slide Show (pdf 10MB)

9th November 2010
At Summerhill Methodist Church
Planting at Greendown; Litter bin; Mine Shaft; Troopers Hill Rd; AGSP response; Work Parties; Events; Meeting Venue; Stepping Forward; Community Fair.

28th September 2010
At Summerhill Methodist Church
New APM; Planting at Greendown; Stepping Forward; Litter bin; Mine Shaft; Troopers Hill Rd; AGSP response; Work Parties; Events.

13th July 2010
At Summerhill Methodist Church
The main subject of this meeting was the Friends of Troopers Hill response to the Area Green Space Plan Consultation (see www.bristol.gov.uk/agsp). The agreed response can be seen here.

25th May 2010
At Summerhill Methodist Church
Maintenance issues; Mine Shaft; New Litter bin; Work Parties; Events; Area Green Space Plan Consultation; Newsletter.

4th March 2010
At Summerhill Methodist Church
Greendown Works signed off; Soil falling on Troopers Hill Rd; Troopers Hill Field drainage; Winter Works; Bomb Crater subsidence; New Benches installed; Memorial Benches; Dog mess; Events for 2010; Grant Applications; Networking; Newsletter.

12th January 2010
At Summerhill Methodist Church
Greendown Works; New Benches; Soil falling on Troopers Hill Rd; Summerhill Terrace entrance; Events for 2010; Play facilities on Troopers Hill Field; Past Events; Area Green Space Plan; Ben Praterís Bingo Balls; Friends of Netham Park; Newsletter.

AGM
6th December 2009

At Wesley Memorial Church Hall
Slide show and video review of 2009 & AGM - last year's committee was re-elected to serve in 2010. A pdf copy of the slide show can be seen here: AGM 2009 Slide Show (pdf 8MB)
The meeting was followed by a chance to see the Wesley Memorial Church with its dressings ready for Christmas. Next year's meetings will be held at Summerhill Methodist Church so we presented a small gift to Graham and Linda to thank them for their hospitality at our meetings since November 2004.

10th November 2009
Greendown Works; VOSCUR Award; New Benches; Review of Management Plan; Events for 2010; Play Facilities on Troopers Hill Field; Work Parties; Events; Funding; Networking; Newsletter.

9th September 2009
Greendown Works; New Dog Bin; New Benches; BBC Filming; Trafagar Square; Play Facilities on Troopers Hill Field; Work Parties; Events; Funding;Areas Green space Plan; Newsletter.

14th July 2009
Greendown Works; New Dog Bin; New Benches; Soil falling on Troopers Hill Rd; Support for Events; Management Plan Updates; Trees near Lamb Inn; Publicity; Troopers Hill Field Consultation; Events.

13th May 2009
Introducing our new CPO; Greendown Works; Camp; Troopers Hill Field Consultation; Work Parties; Events; Newsletter

4th March 2009
Troopers Hill Field Consultation; Winter Works; Bristol Parks re-organisation; Work Parties; Events; Area Green Space Plan meetings.

13th January 2009
Steps in woodland; Benches; Greendown Works; Work Parties; AGM; Good Friday; Tai Chi; Bird Boxes with Scouts; Become a charity? Neighbourhood Partnership; Area Green Space Plan; Newsletter.

AGM
11th December 2008


Slide Show Review of 2008; AGM; Video filmed on Troopers Hill.

13th November 2008
New signs; Winter and other works; Feedback on Dog Show and other events; Feedback from Green Flag Judges; Next year's events; Education Fund; St George Partnership.

1st October 2008
Sally Oldfield; Dog Show plans; Gate post; Tai Chi; Events for 2009; Parks Restructuring; Finance

This meeting marked five years of Friends of Troopers Hill - our first litter pick was 4 October 2003. Sadly Sally Oldfield also announced at the meeting that she would be leaving her post as Local Nature Reserves Officer. To mark the five years and as a big thank you to Sally we presented her with a wooden vase and this certificate. The vase was turned by Tom Thomas of Topwood Crafts, Yatton. The photograph shows those at the meeting with Sally.

19th August 2008
Dog Show; Green Flag Award; Work Parties; Events; Networking

10th July 2008
Green Flag appearance; New CPM; Work Parties; Trooping the Hill; Music on the Hill; Future Events; Newsletter

28th May 2008
Greendown Entrance; Green Flag; Troopers Hill Field; Work Parties; Events; Newsletter; Networking.

15th Apr 2008
Funding; Green Flag; Update on Winter Works; Policing; Work Parties; Events; Newsletter; Networking; Steps from Fir Tree Lane.

6th Mar 2008
Update on Parks & Green Spaces Strategy; Funding; Green Flag; Update on winter works; Work parties; Events; Newsletter; Networking.

23rd Jan 2008
Parks & Green Spaces Strategy; Green Flag; Winter Works; Work Parties; Events; Newsletter; PCT grant; Networking.

AGM
11th Dec 2007

 
Review of the Year; Photo Competition; Finance & Constitution; Elections; Events 2008.

15th Nov 2007
Proposals for Greendown and Crews Hole/Troopers Hill Rd entrances; Plans for winter works; Events for 2008; St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

2nd Oct 2007
Plans for winter works; Issues on Troopers Hill - Parks' quick response; Green Flag flagpole; Work Parties; Funding - Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All; Events; Next Year; Parks Forum; ALHA.

22nd Aug 2007
BCS work - Julian's work priorities; Issues on Troopers Hill - Bramble, Composting; Green Flag - Where to put it, judges feedback; Work Parties; Events; Newsletter; Parks & Green Spaces Strategy

12th July 2007
Issues on Troopers Hill; Green Flag Announcement; Work Parties; Events; Leaflets; Parks & Green Spaces Strategy; Newsletter; Road Safety; Financial Position.

29th May 2007
Music on the Hill; Green Flag Application; Maintenance and Work Parties; New Leaflet; Events; Newsletter; Bristol Alternative Landmark vote; Feedback from the Forum.

18th Apr 2007
Green Flag Application; Hill problems; Work parties; Leaflet Design; Events; Newsletter; Forum; Networking; Updates.

8th Mar 2007
Green Flag Update; Works on the Hill; Events; Leaflet Design; Membership; Newsletter; Networking; Bath House; Lamb Inn; Farewell to Jenny & Ben.

23rd Jan 2007
Green Flag Application; Wheelchair Access Path; Agreement between FoTH and Bristol Parks; Invertebrates Survey; Leaflet Design; Events for 2007; Quiz Night; Work Parties; Change to Constitution; Networking.

AGM
13th Dec 2006

Slide and video review of the year; Green Flag; Wheelchair access path; Troopers Hill Field; Battle of Royate Hill Video; Funds; Constitution and committee elections.

7th Nov 2006

Big Lottery Fund Grant; Wooferz; Welcome to new CPM; Wheelchair path and other issues with Bristol Parks; Troopers Hill Rd; Feedback on events; Plans for 2007; Consultation.

21st Sept 2006

Wooferz; Nature in the City; New CPM; New benches; Wheelchair path and other issues with Bristol Parks; Troopers Hill Rd; Increased evening activity; Feedback on events; Plans for kite flying event.

9th Aug 2006

Hill security; Dog care service; Wheelchair path; Contractor's work programme; Feedback on events; Bench replacement; Plans for forthcoming events; BBC Breathing Places Lottery Funding; Somerfield staff donation.

27th June 2006

Feedback on events and bench installation; Contractor's work programme; YANSEC; Music on the Hill; bench inspection.

18th May 2006

Feedback on events and bench making; Management Plan Update; YANSEC and Parks matchfunding; Future Events; Living Rivers; Budget - report; Survey results.

5th Apr 2006

Feedback on events; future events; YANSEC grant; networking; Nature in the City; BRERC and wildlife surveys; separate budget meeting; praise for Newsletter.

28th Feb 2006

Feedback on hedge planting and bird bonanza; events leaflet and future events; contractor's work for 2006; restoring a view; work parties and MOD team building; future of the LNR project; funding and budget for 2006.

19th Jan 2006

Hedge Planting, Troopers Hill Field, YANSEC application, Events 2006, dog mess & dog show, books and funds

AGM
7th Dec 2005


Welcome to Caroline, Slide show review of the year, Troopers Hill Field, Greendown Hedge, AGM formalities, event planning meeting.

18th Oct 2005

Change of CPM, Greendown Fence, Malvern Rd Open Space, AGM plans.

14th Sept 2005

Malvern Rd Open Space, feedback on events, SWEET update, funding

9th Aug 2005

Malvern Rd Open Space, Grayling update, Aug events, Malvern Rd gate, fundraising

30th June 2005

Malvern Rd Open Space plans, recent and future events, contractor's activities, books for fundraising

11th May 2005

Your Space Survey results, School Project video, Graying debate, Records office visit, Management Plan update, Awards for All grant spent.

22nd March 2005

Malvern Road Open Space Survey, School Project Report, Events for 2005, motorbikes.

24th February 2005

Community Farm update, Malvern Road Open Space questionnaire finalised, visit to John Cornwell, events for 2005, spending last of grant money.

26th January 2005

St George Community Farm, Malvern Road Open Space questionnaire, ideas for events for 2005, SWEET update.

AGM
14th December 2004


Virginia Spalding, slide show review of the year, Open Space play area, SWEET application, AGM formalities, events for 2005, Lamb Inn.

2nd November 2004

Our first meeting at Wesley Memorial Church Hall
BFN report, bench update, new signs displayed, plans for school project, Parks Forum, St George Partnership, plans for AGM

21st September 2004

At Firtree Lane, St George
Feedback on Family picnic, bench repairs - money raised, Summerhill Ter gate, proposed signs, views on Malvern Road Open Space, possible SWEET application, proposed LNR visits, Troopers Freestyle, BFN.

5th August 2004 At the Sikh Temple, Summerhill Road
Work Parties, Joan Day's talk feedback, design of notice boards, work by contractors, 1st Aid training, meeting with the police, proposed BFN, funds, website.

6th July 2004 At Corkers Hill, St George
Feedback on events, media coverage of signing, plans for Joan Day's talk, bench plaque found,

26th May 2004 At St Aidans Hall Side Room
New tools with grant money, Action Plan and launch event, dog mess, destroyed bench, July work party, St George Partnership, plans for bugs and beasties event, Japanese Knotweed.

27th April 2004 At Bristol East Allotments Pavilion
Work Party timings, draft Action Plan, 1st Aid training, River Avon Trail, Good news from Awards for All, History Project ideas, review of events, ideas for Wildweek, possible Joan Day talk, badgers.

18th March 2004 At St Aidans Hall Side Room
Work Parties, Action Plan update, interpretation boards, dog mess, history meeting report, website, future events.

12th February 2004 At St Aidans Hall Side Room
Response to Newsletter, Work Parties, Action Plan draft, Photographic monitoring, Fundraising, plans for history evening, publicity and website, involving schools.

15th January 2004

At the Bristol East Allotment Pavilion, Nicholas Lane
Newsletters, work parties, work to be done, 5 yr action plan, other groups, publicity, website, trees in Crews Hole woodland.

2nd December 2003

At the Bristol East Allotment Pavilion, Nicholas Lane
Constitution approved, fence mending, health & safety, work by City Academy pupils, bank account, work required, invertebrates.

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