Life in Greenbank area

Greenbank meets Whitehall and Easton at the other end of the Greater Fishponds boundary. Here you find colourful houses as Eastville slowly becomes part of the up and coming area of the city where people want to live close to Easton and St Werburghs which have really caught on in the past two decades.

In these areas you can find various shops, pubs, Bristol Sweet Mart and Stapleton Road.

Whitehall areas of Greater Fishponds

Where Greater Fishponds shares a boundary with St George and Easton areas we have the vibrant Whitehall area with The Kings Head Pub and family garden, a £1million running track, St Ambrose Church with The Beehive Centre with all kinds of activities and opportunities for the over 55s, The West Indies Cricket Club and St George Park as well as so much more to discover in the are with St George Shops, Bristol & Bath Railway Path, Troopers Hill and The Whitehall Tavern all a short walk away,

Snuff Mills Action Group

Snuff Mills Action Group works to protect and enhance Snuff Mills, Oldbury Court and Wickham Glen in Stapleton, Bristol and is campaigning to save Grove Wood and Laundry Field.

We are a group of local people who care passionately about the green spaces in the area and work to look after the wildlife and ensure everyone can enjoy this lovely area.

Stapleton and Frenchay Cricket Clubs

The historic local cricket clubs of Frenchay and Stapleton started 2018 with a friendly. On a beautiful Spring afternoon of April 21st, the result was so close it may as well have been a draw. Friendship was the winner at the end of the day and set in the Frome Valley area surrounded by wonderful landscapes, their work was enjoyed in the Stapleton Club House after the game.

For local cricket in and around Greater Fishponds visit: http://www.fishpondspeople.co.uk/healh_faith_leisure

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Community venues

The Begbrook Retirement Club meets in Greenfinch Lodge local area community room for the over 55s, the picture above shows them returning from one of their summer coach outings.

In 2018 a new addition was added to the offering in and around the Greater Fishponds community, this will be Shaftesbury Park, the new home of Lockleaze Dings Crusaders Rugby Club. Greater Fishponds is a beautiful green area on the edge of the council run city and all once part of Kingswood Forest, many of the areas in this landscape are protected and protected landscapes are ideal for sports and leisure. Barton Hill Rugby Club came to Speedwell on Barton Fields when the old quarry was filled in to become an almost town and village green and Barton Fields was further protected at the time of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year to become a Field in Trust. Similarly today the Dings Crusaders have sold their site in Lockleaze for much needed housing and their new home is on Greenbelt protected land, ideal for sports and their new club is built on a brownfield site on the site of an old neglected barn.

Our new rugby club is a super new community venue for hire and for memberships. Follow them on facebook and see details below:
If you’re looking to book a fantastic sports complex in Bristol, for a sporting fixture, conference, private function or community project, we want to hear from you. Email: generalmanager@dingsrugby.co.uk for more information or to arrange a visit. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ShaftesburyPark

Details have been added to our community groups and facilities page for the while of Greater Fishponds and around.
Visit: https://fishpondsbristol.wordpress.com/groups-buildings

The Local’s Guide: Fishponds on Visit Bristol website

“Fishponds isn’t necessarily the top of the list when you think of places to visit in Bristol (firstly, it’s got a weird name!). However, there’s more to Fishponds than the slightly rough-round-the-edges pubs on its high street”

Read what has been written by visiting:

https://visitbristol.co.uk/blog/read/2017/05/the-locals-guide-fishponds-b508

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Five years of La Piazza 1 Italian Restaurant

It was good to say hello to El Bu who owns and started La Piazza 1 in Fishponds five years ago. This lovely restaurant in Fishponds has been great from the area since the day they opened. I said hello as they were preparing for opening back in the early days and they were extremely friendly and caught me off guard by saying please come in & insisted I had a free coffee while showing me around and explaining how they’ve ovens coming from Italy for the best Pizza possible and much more. As the years have passed I’ve popped in a couple of times a year for food and and every time it’s been mouthwatering, the service, the tasté, the smells and the celebrations of people’s birthdays in the restaurant have been great.

Today was the starter and main meal special for £9.95 and some delicious olives. The choice is vast, the meals are delicious and the environment is ideal.

Some people had takeaway coffee as well, I asked a staff member if people can use La Piazza 1 for just a coffee after seeing they do floater coffee and you’re very welcome. The Fox Den in Stoke Gifford is the only other place I’ve seen locally that still offer them.

Would I recommend La Piazza 1, yes of course and with every single forkful of food.. Fishponds is lucky to have them.

As we finished our meal more fresh produce was being delivered to the restaurant in a nice fresh produce wooden carry crate met by the chef

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Summer in Greater Fishponds

Now that the summer has arrived, the best of Greater Fishponds comes alive with amazing opportunities, most are free options by exploring our historic green spaces which were once magnificent important estates designed by Humphry Repton and Thomas Wright who were inspired by works of Capability Brown, all three whose work can be found along the Frome Valley which flows through Greater Fishponds and these men were some of England’s most famous landscape gardeners.
Explore Stoke Park Estate, once the home of Duke’s of Beaufort and landscaped by Thomas Wright, now owned by the people of Bristol as an historic parkland, (this is like the people of London being given Buckingham Palace compared in 2150).  Explore Oldbury Court Estate landscaped by Humphry Repton for Thomas Graeme and now owned by the people of Bristol as an historic parkland.  Explore Eastville Park, once part of Heath House Estate owned by the Berkeley Family, this was the preferred home of the owner who also owned Ashton Court across the city but which he rented out. Eastville Park is one of Bristol’s best places to spot nature in 2018.

The heart of Fishponds is a shopping area boasting affordable eateries and now in 2018 some of the best loved cafés found in the city and eateries including La Piazza 1, Burger Joint, Grounded, Portó Lounge, Coffee One, Everyday Thai and more for great choices. Plus Eastgate retail park at the other end of Eastville Park for Costa, M&S Food and Park One Coffee & Kitchen along Park Road in Stapleton heading back between Eastville Park, Stoke Park Estate and Snuff Mills.

Enjoy summer in Greater Fishponds and fall in love with the countryside in the city and visit the Straits Parade seen in the picture below, constructed by request of King George III to the Duke of Beaufort while out riding in the area now known as Fishponds in the old parish of Stapleton in Kingswood Forest, an area stretching back over 1000 years of royal heritage.WP_20170613_17_44_26_Pro

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