Codebreaking – World War II… do you know the Fishponds Connection

Fishpond’s is celebrating Gordon Welchman achievements by unveiling a Blue Plaque on the 26th September, being held at St Mary’s Church 1-3pm. everyone welcome bring your spy glass and disguise, it’s all a bit hush hush!

Gordon Welchman

Gordon Welchman was born in the old Vicarage in Fishponds and He was recruited to the Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS) at Bletchley Park, playing an instrumental role in the development of Hut 6 and its famous code-breaking operations. The Work of this operation saved Countless allied lives during the second World War.

Would you make a good agent for GCHQ?…..Take the challenge and see if you can follow the clues…..

Agent P Code book

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This challenge was created and developed by the lovely people at GCHQ Please follow them on twitter @GCHQ


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Fined for flytipping

A resident on Heath street, Eastville, was fined for leaving furniture by the waste receptacle at the bottom of the road. they have paid the fine. if you see fly tipping please report it

and if you have large items to dispose of please check out

its cheaper than getting a fine and it keeps your neighbourhood cleaner

The Colour Fun Run which takes place at Oldbury Court Estate on Sunday 2nd October

I’m organising The Colour Fun Run which takes place at Oldbury Court Estate on Sunday 2nd October.  It is a fundraiser for homeless charity Julian House and last year was really popular with the local community in Fishponds, Downend, Emersons and Mangotsfield with around 2/3 of those taking part from the local area so we’re keen to build on this for this year and show people how great Oldbury Court is.

It is open to all ages and last year the children taking part absolutely loved it!  Incase you’re not familiar with the event it is a 5km course through Oldbury Court which you can run, walk or even skip whilst getting splashed with brightly coloured powder paint.

Lots of families took part last year and had huge amounts of fun so we’ve introduced a family ticket this year meaning they’ll save a bit of money too!  There will be face painting, music and food and drink on offer so guaranteed a fun day out.

Please visit our Facebook event page at:

If you need anymore info please do let me know and I hope you will be able to share.

Thanks and best wishes

Joanne Bamford
Community and Events Fundraising Co-ordinator



Make Sunday’s Special in Fishponds

On September 11th, Make Sunday’s Special which has been an enormous success in areas of Bristol, especially in the Old City and on Park Street is taking place in the heart of Fishponds.

Email your contact details if you would like to volunteer and what you can commit to,  how you want to be involved.

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