Windmill Hill City Farm Chief Executive Steve Sayers and John James Bristol Foundation’s Chairman Joan Johnson with the John James commemorative board. The John James Commemorative boards have been created by the Foundation as a snapshot into the life of John James and the legacy that is continued by the Foundation. In 1976 John James gave £2,000 for Windmill Hill City Farm to be built on the site of his old home and the Foundation has continued to support the farm over the years. The board has been hung in the new café at the farm.
Julia Norton will be retiring from the John James Bristol Foundation at the end of August after almost 21 years of dedicated service to the Foundation. All at the Foundation will miss Julia’s vast knowledge both of the historical background to the formation of the Foundation and of the beneficiaries who have received grants over the years. Everyone wishes Julia a long and very happy retirement and are grateful for all that she has done.
To replace Julia, as Chief Executive, the Trustees are delighted to have appointed Louise Hanson who is well qualified for the role. Louise was the Bursar of Clifton College and comes with a wealth of experience which will be of huge benefit to the Foundation into the future.
On 22nd June 2017, 99 elderly Bristol citizens joined the Foundation at The Bristol Hotel for an afternoon tea. The afternoon consisted of good food and members from BLOC Productions sang songs from their upcoming show "My Fair Lady", followed by a sing-a-long. The day ended with a raffle for each table. Tickets for BLOC's "My Fair Lady", were included in the raffle. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
The Marmalade Trust is a Bristol based charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation in the older and vulnerable members of our society. Marmalade Trust's activities so far are focused on providing free Christmas Day lunches for lonely and isolated people. The Foundation recently awarded £2,500 towards non-salary costs associated with Marmalade Trust's new Community Buddy Scheme. The Buddy scheme will support them to reconnect with their community, participate in activities and develop friendships.
Imperial Bowls Club founded in 1906 is set within South Bristol Sports Centre. They have 40-50 members, with an average age of 60 years. Membership is open to anyone and they offer free weekly coaching sessions during the summer season. The Bowling Green was recently relocated next to a football pitch, and footballs were regularly kicked over the fence; one bowler was struck and knocked out by a football. The Foundation recently granted Imperial Bowls Club £3,770 to buy and install a ball stopping net so bowlers are able to play in safety. Everyone at the club was extremely delighted to receive this grant and the pictures show the new netting around the green.
A snapshot of recent activity at the Foundation.