Friday, 17 March 2017

Buy the Legion Campaign Artwork

I've recently been involved in creating artwork for our local village campaign to help save the Long Ashton Legion building. This has involved producing a banner, flyer and poster to help promote the crowdfunding efforts. This is a great opportunity for our village and one that I hope the whole community will get behind. Below is the press release for the campaign and the artwork for the A5 flyer that I have produced for it.

KEEP IT FOR THE COMMUNITY – VILLAGE LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO SAVE LEGION BUILDING

A group of residents in Long Ashton has kicked off an ambitious fundraising effort to buy the local British Legion building and turn it into a modern, vibrant cultural centre for all. They have until the middle of April to raise at least £300,00 to secure the purchase and cover initial running costs.

The British Legion announced in October last year that it was to sell the 19th century property, which was originally given to the village by the local landowners back in 1878. It is hoped that donations from Long Ashton residents, combined with funds from a developer and individual investors, will be enough keep the facility and turn it into a truly 21st century hub of village life, providing local jobs and volunteering opportunities.

“Our vision is to create a warm, inviting space that can be enjoyed by everyone who lives here, both during the day and in the evening. We want to see a light, bright environment with cafĂ© bar, children’s play area, venue space, hot desking and meeting areas for local businesses and groups, even B&B accommodation for those visiting family and friends here.” said local resident Bill Roberts, who has taken a leading role in the campaign.

“It will be a project that develops over time, with profits reinvested to continually improve what we can offer and with sustainability as a strong focus. The first stage though is to buy the building for the community and that’s what this crowd funding effort is all about.”

To raise all the funds needed to purchase and renovate the building, the project will partner with a developer, to produce new community spaces and upstairs apartments that can be sold off . Anyone can donate to the fundraising effort, with contributions large or small. If the bid is unsuccessful, then no money will be taken.

More information on the plans and details of how to donate can be found at: www.spacehive.com/buy-our-legion





Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Friends' Newsletter for the University of Bristol Botanic Garden: Spring 2017

I have recently completed the Spring 2017 issue of the Friends' Newsletter for the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. This is an A5, 32 page, quarterly publication regularly designed by myself.

Here are the Editors comments from the latest issue: “Every gardener knows that the dark days of winter are there to provide a little respite from the work outside; a time to reflect on the successes and failures of the season just gone and to look forward to the next. A time to look through the seed catalogues and plan what to do as soon as the days are longer. Regardless of how bad the winter weather is, eventually the spring flowers start appearing which gives us all new hope.

“The new season is just starting and as reliably as the spring the Botanic Garden will open its gates wide again to welcome everyone back and celebrate with the fantastic Sculpture Festival at Easter. We hope you will enjoy reading this issue and look forward to the warmer weather.”

This year the Sculpture Festival takes place from Good Friday 14th April to Easter Monday 17 April, 10am to 5pm and is highly recommended.

For more information about the Botanic Garden view their website here: www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden.

Below is the cover from the Spring issue.