The Noise 2010
For the 9th year, The Noise took the love of Jesus to urban estate communities across North Bristol. Horfield, Lockleaze, Sea Mills and Southmead were host to over 460 volunteers from over 25 different churches around the city who worked hard to bring community action projects, kids clubs, sports activities, senior citizen banquets and family fun afternoons to hundreds of local residents.
Over three days, volunteers completed over 60 projects that had originally been suggested by those who live and work in these communities. In Sea Mills, volunteers painted indoor murals at the Community Centre, undertook gardening projects and outside murals at the Boys and Girls Club, and gardening projects for single parents. In Horfield and Lockleaze, Lockleaze School benefited from gardening projects, with many individual garden projects on Rodbourne Road in Manor Farm. The sports hall at Filton Avenue Junior School was also repainted. In Southmead, mural projects now liven up Greenway Centre and Badocks Wood School, whilst volunteers completed a huge garden clear up on Pen Park Road and painted Bethany Baptist Church.
“I just wanted to email and say thanks for clearing the Tennis Court area in my road in Sea Mills today as part of 'The Noise' …To quote a wise proverb, 'strength in numbers' and you brought that! The team did a great job and it looks so brilliant now that I am sure it will be used and enjoyed all the more through the summer months. I am not a church go'er, but from that point of view I can say that your practical outreach of actually getting out there and doing practical tasks in your community serves your cause well and has much more impact than hiding in a church building.”
Local resident, Sea Mills
Over the weekend, volunteers collected over 19 tonnes of rubbish in these communities. During the afternoons, five family fun events were held across the North of Bristol, with hundreds of people coming to enjoy the great atmosphere and ‘Bristol’s Got Talent’ performances.
“Thank you so much for the help with my garden. I was so worried about how I would manage and then along you came!”
Local resident, Manor Farm
In addition, for the first time an indoor family fun event was held at Eden Grove Methodist Church, where 27 families were able to have a free, professionally-taken photograph.
With the World Cup fever running high, the football tournaments organised turned out to be particularly popular with the local children – around 100 attended, including some future Wayne Rooneys and Steven Gerrards!
Throughout the weekend, community BBQs fed the hungry. Senior citizens were also spoilt with a three-course dinner on Sunday afternoon at Ebenezer Church in Horfield and United Reformed Church in Southmead, whilst being entertained by a jazz keyboard player or a professional singer, between courses.
Many new relationships were developed with families and senior citizens in these communities, as well as with the council, police, schools and local organisations. Already, the key partnership churches have had requests for new involvement in schools. Exciting possibilities are starting to emerge for “The Noise” project starting in other areas around Bristol, at different times.
“Please may I give my sincere thanks to ALL the team who arranged the magnificent lunch yesterday. What a special memory! Since I lost my husband I have been able to renew my interest in Church and I find it so comforting to know there are people around you who care and who one can talk to.”
A lady who attended the lunch
The Noise 2011 – the Tenth Anniversary – will take place on Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May 2011. Make a note in your diaries!
For more information of what The Noise is doing in and around Bristol, check out the website: www.thenoise.org.uk