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30+1 years BS3 Community Development birthday celebration

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We are in the process of finalising our 30+1 birthday event and are very excited to introduce the artists who’ll be entertaining us on the evening of Saturday 25th of September 2021 at the Southville Centre.

We will be serving a delicious 3 course meal and celebrating the history of our community, our building and our charity with some fantastic local musicians, poets, comics and actors who will share their brilliant performance pieces whilst we dine.

This will be a pre-booked only event and more details about purchasing a ticket will follow shortly.


Helen, Charlie, Jake and Garry – Voices of the Bedminster Coal Miners

The artists:

Garry Atterton is a local historian who grew up in Bedminster and is passionate about telling the stories of working-class Bristolians. Garry is very proud to say he was from Bedminster and has never forgotten his roots and this is reflected in his research and passion for the history of the miners.

Charlie Atterton and Jake op den Brouw, live in Bedminster and are two musicians who collaborate with poets all over the world on their monthly livestream show Open Collab:

Garry, Charlie and Jake have previously worked together with the Barton Hill History Group on “Voices of the Past”, a local history project supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund:

Helen Sheppard is a poet who has lived in Bedminster for over thirty years. Helen’s poetry explores birth, life, family and health. Her debut collection is “Fontanelle” with Burning Eye

The piece:

Voices of the Bedminster Coal Miners will be a performance about the life and times of workers in the Bedminster coal pits.  It is intended as a tribute to them, presented through historical context, poetry and live music. The project evolved through discovering direct links with the mining community during family history research of Bedminster ancestors.



Kesty Morrison – Red Robin Sings

The artist:

Kesty trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and since then she has performed Theatre/TV/Film with organisations such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, Sky TV, the Young Vic, The Gate Theatre, The Barbican, The Traverse and The Globe (Germany). She has toured music internationally, performing at renowned festivals & venues across France, Germany, Italy, Amsterdam, and The Czech Republic.

The piece:

Red Robin Sings is a piece celebrating the centenary of Millie McCulloch, exploring her relationship and impact on BS3. As a teacher of local children, an organiser who got every girl in her factory during the war to sign up to the union, she witnessed The Blitz in Bristol, and has supported Bristol City FC for better or for worse for every one of her 100 years. As we celebrate 100 years of The Southville Centre her grand-daughter celebrates 100 years of Millie McCulloch.


Holly Meechan – Untitled

The artist:

Holly is a theatre-maker, performer and facilitator, a born and bred Bristolian and BS3 resident. She specialises in interactive, immersive theatre and comedy. She has had a wide and varied career as a performer and educator including long term collaborations with Freshwater Theatre Compan and Gingerline, as well as founding her own company Join the Dots, making work with and for young people. She can be seen and heard on the comedy circuit with her long-form improv team Rhinoceros, Release the Clowns Sketch comedy podcast, and The Biscuit Barrel Sketch group. Holly is also extremely passionate about food.

The piece:

Food is not only an essential fuel for human survival, it is one of life’s great pleasures. It is something we use as a society for celebration, to show our love for others, to express and share our cultural heritage and identity. Food brings people together. Come and join Holly for a theatrical comic feast, munching through the history of the BS3 building, discovering the characters, stories and smells that have inhabited it. A slice of life, a mini show about meals, memories and moments in time.


Tom Stockley – The Janitor

Tom is a South Bristol based poet, performer, writer and community worker. They have always lived and worked in the South West, and are interested in working with communities to tell stories in new and exciting ways. In 2020 they wrote and produced an audio piece for BBC Arts about the community of Knowle West, and are currently working on a theatre piece about young BMX riders in South Bristol. As well as producing and directing the collection of performances for Bury Me In BS3, they will also be performing as the janitor – becoming the narrator and guardian of the building as the selected artists share their stories.