Many thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on our mosaic consultation document. We were delighted to have 25 responses; 21 were in favour, 4 were neutral (mostly asking questions) and two raised concerns about the use of glass bottle bases for safety reasons. We discussed all comments at our public consultation meeting on May 25th, and agreed not to use glass in the mosaic. We also felt the suggestions of directly approaching the basketball players for comment was a good idea (they had passed the posters every day for 3 weeks, but may not have found Facebook/email/letters an accessible way to respond), andRead More →

Montpelier Bean Feast are considering a project with local schools and artists to install a mosaic along the side of the basketball court in Montpelier Park. We welcome all responses to this idea (more info below) and will proceed only if there is a clear community desire for this to go ahead. Let us know what you think please!  Or come to our meeting on Wednesday 25 May, 8pm at 53 Ashley Road. Mosaic community consultationRead More →

Our Sustainability Manager Russ Spollin has put together a comprehensive report on the Montpelier Bean Feast’s sustainability for 2015. To read the full report please open MBF_2015_Sustainability_Report   Synopsis Waste – we reduced our overall waste by 30% Energy – we reduced our energy usage by 3.5% Transport – we improved our facilities for cyclists This document contains details of some of our key aims and actions but not all. For full details of all our aims and actions please refer to our Sustainability Action Plan.Read More →

Montpelier Bean Feast Debrief 14 October 2015  This document is also available as  Beanfeast_Debrief_2015 pdf Present: This document is compiled from team and attendee comments on the day, after the event and at the MBF debrief meeting, and is intended to help us reflect and improve so future events run smoothly. Volunteers Really great team of people this year in the lead up and on the day. Felt like a smaller group but really, really helped by Steph and Matt almost joining us as core team. We also had a couple of people just doing a one hour shift here or there which meant itRead More →

     At Bean Feast 2015, we were asked about the Rainbow Wall from 2014, so here’s some background. Each year, Bean Feast volunteers run a clean up day in Montpelier Park to tackle persistent issues that regular maintenance is less able to deal with.  In 2015, with 24 hours of volunteer time, we raked, trimmed, picked, dug and cleared over 20 bags of waste, 2kg of broken glass, 5 needles and spent an hour picking up dog mess.   In 2014, a number of clean up days ran before Bean Feast, and after one in July, we met with the neighbourhood officer from Bristol City CouncilRead More →

We were really pleased to see these beautiful photographs taken by talented Paul Green of the lovely rainbow wall, artist Alex Lucas created with local children at the Bean Feast 2014. The angles that he has used for the compositions are fabulous and really give you a sense of the wiggly windy path that leads into the park. We particularly love how the trees and houses loom into the shots from above. It all looks pretty magical, a bit Alice in Wonderland! Thanks Paul for allowing us to feature your lovely photos on our website.   Photo credits – Paul Green Photography 2015 You canRead More →

Here is a list of the Bean Feast committee member roles and the duties which each role entails.   a) The duties of the Chair are To encourage participation in the Group and event by Montpelier residents To apply for all relevant licences To generate funding applications and encourage patrons To ensure Health and Safety regulations are complied with at all times To ensure meetings of the Committee are chaired   b) The duties of the Secretary are To prepare in consultation with the Chair the agenda for Committee meetings To ensure minutes of meetings are taken and circulated To arrange meeting space if necessary To keepRead More →

Here is the Bean Feast constitution for you to feast your eyes upon (ahem, couldn’t resist)   A           NAME   The group’s name is Montpelier Bean Feast   B           AIMS OF THE GROUP   To organise an annual event in Montpelier, inviting local people to celebrate their heritage, harvest and creative genius The group encourages friendly connections and good will within Montpelier’s diverse community, between neighbours and good causes The group is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association, run entirely for the fun of it The group is not a fundraising organisation, but if possible/practicable, the group will support local community projects To run the organisation andRead More →

Montpelier Bean Feast 2014: Debrief meeting   Present: Ari, Russ, Sally, Shiona, Ali, Kat Apologies: Becky, Ruth, Tim, Emily   Debrief thoughts collated in advance and discussed on the night:   Volunteers It was lovely to meet so many friendly locals who came to volunteer at the Bean Feast. Almost all volunteers turned up, on time, with very few no shows. Comments from a few people that they really liked the laminated contact details and felt the contact with Ari had been good. Need more of an action plan for packdown before park gets dark at 8pm i.e making sure the jobs are spread outRead More →

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