We were set up almost 40 years ago and in 2021 will celebrate our birthday.
See below to find out:
How we first started?
What we are doing today?
What we plan to do in future to maintain and promote this wonderful estate on the north western edge of Bristol?
The Friends of Blaise was originally set up in 1981 when blaise castle that magnificent folly on the hill was in dire staits, neglected, falling down and the victim of multiple arson and vandal attacks, it was fenced off from the public and it's future lay in the balance.
With the tireless effort of a small group of dedicated local residents, enough money was raised to save the building and ensure it was restored to the point where the public could once more gain entry and enjoy the views from the battlements.
The friends emerged from this small group of supporters and over the coming years contributed to numerous projects on the estate and helped to ensure its attractions were maintained and improved for everyone.
As we progress through 2020 we face an unprecedented situation which has resulted in it being extremely difficult to conduct our important work.
We have unfortunately been unable to open the castle this year, despite our best efforts but do plan on opening for Easter 2021.
During this difficult time Bristol city council are continuing to carry out essential work and maintainence across the estate.
As we look forward to 2021 and our 40th birthday we face an ever continuing squeeze on the councils park budget, which makes the job of maintaining the fabric of blaise harder than ever.
This clearly won't be an easy challenge but with the ever increasing help of our growing number of volunteers, deciding on our top priorities and implementing these with the funding we have at our disposal.
We must also ensure that our voices are heard by the council as they impliment their austerity budget plans but we cannot do this without the help of the local community and in particular the Friends of Blaise. your suggestions and support are now needed more than ever.
However the current situation that the council now finds itself is leading to a closer more cooperative relationship with them for our volunteer work and funding contributions and this has got to be a good thing for us in the longer term.