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  • Bishop Monk and the Horfield Question, Thursday 28th April 2022

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    Bishop Monk, John Shadwell and a cast of others have left their mark on Bishopston in more ways than one. What’s in a street name? How history and people inform where we live. With Peter Malpass.

    We’re delighted to be back after an enforced break and would like to invite you to our AGM and first event to be held on Thursday 28 April. Doors open at 7.00, AGM starts at 7.15.

    We expect the AGM to last no longer than 20 minutes, with our speaker to follow. Our last Friends of Bishopston Library (FOBL) AGM was in October 2019, but despite the long break there will be relatively little to report! However, we are keen to see some new faces on our planning group. FOBL is instrumental in enhancing the library’s role in our community by organising and supporting events which encourage people to come together to learn, meet others and enjoy themselves. At the same time, we raise funds to purchase items which improve the library. As with many volunteer groups however, the group has suffered from the ‘Covid effect’ and is losing some of its longstanding members. New members are essential to ensure that the group can continue after the AGM. There are lots of roles for volunteers, such as maintaining the website, organising events (with plenty of help), managing social media, keeping simple accounts, publicising activities and helping to set up and run an event. Not all these roles need attendance at group meetings.

    If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact us at the email address below, or leave your name and contact details in the library. Your involvement will be both appreciated and supported by the Library Service, which has been pleased with what FOBL has achieved so far. So please take this opportunity to help take the group into the future.

    After the AGM, we are delighted to welcome back Peter Malpass, who is going to talk about his research ‘Bishop Monk and the Horfield Question’, which was published in 2020. Bishop Monk, John Shadwell and a cast of others were engaged in tortuous battles to purchase and develop land in the area and have left their mark in more ways than one. We will have some old maps available during the evening for you to peruse.

    Following Peter’s talk, we will invite members of the audience to share stories about the origin of their own street name. If you would like to contribute, please email us at ; or just chip in on the evening.

    As a welcome back, we are not charging for this event, but we still need you to book so that we know numbers – please book here. Light refreshments will be available for a small cost during the evening, but cash only please.

    We know that some people may still feel a little wary about venturing out. We will ensure that there are some chairs spaced a little away from the main group, and please do wear a mask if that is more comfortable for you. There will also be hand sanitiser available.

    We look forward to welcoming you back.

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FOBL is a voluntary group of local residents aiming to support Bishopston Library, helping to sustain and improve its service and connecting it with the local community. This includes organising events and activities at the library, raising funds for additional equipment at the library, building the community of library users and promoting all aspects of the library.
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