New Lidl supermarket in Lawrence Weston

Lidl supermarket, being built in the old college site, is coming soon to Lawrence Weston. Some residents have worked hard to make this happen over the last few years. It’s been a long process but here is the reward for their hard work and commitment. So exciting!

Supporting Bristol Energy crowd fund will help all our members – get involved!

Help Bristol Energy raise £3k over the next 13 days to tackle fuel poverty, climate change and energy efficiency across the city. Please make a donation and share widely. Thank you!… We’re 10% there already! Even a £1 will make a difference:)

Donate any amount to our crowdfund for the chance to win 2 day tickets to Off Grid Festival! Kids go free!

Off Grid Festival takes place in 96 acres of meadow and woodland near Exeter 10-13 August. The festival is a deep exploration of community living, creativity and consciousness; an intimate environment in which to share skills, trade knowledge, impart wisdom and make a difference. There are tonnes of workshops, talks, films, music and performances. Huge thanks to Off Grid for their generosity.

If we hit our target we’ll be able to provide professional training to community groups to enable them to run a draught-proofing service, which will help to reduce heating costs and energy bills in low income households. This project will be run in partnership with Re:Work in Knowle West, a member of the network, and will help improve skills in the community and …reach vulnerable people and families. The crowdfund will also support other activities of the network, such as talks and film-screenings and thermal imaging surveys of people’s homes to help them identify where they are losing heat.

We’d like to invite all supporters who have donated £10 or more to enjoy a glass of bubbly with us at the Green Capital 10th Anniversary Green Mingle at At-Bristol, Thursday 6 July. We’ll have our marquee up all day so pop along to find out more about our work. The Green Mingle is a gathering of individuals and groups contributing towards creating ‘a sustainable city with a high-quality of life for all’.

With thanks for your support and hope to see you at the Mingle!

Sophie, David and all at the Bristol Energy Network


Free Sessions to Help People Switch

An estimated 14 million people could save up to £200 a year by switching their energy provider. Could you be one of them? Unless you’ve changed tariff or provider in the last 12 months, it’s likely you’re paying too much for your gas and electricity and would benefit from an energy tariff check, even if you’d rather stay with your current supplier.

North Bristol Advice Centre’s new MoneySmart Energy project is offering free and impartial energy advice in community venues across North Bristol and South Gloucestershire. They can help with energy tariff checks, switching providers, identifying simple ways to reduce energy costs and using tablets or smartphones to access comparison sites.

MoneySmart Energy Advice team is now offering appointments in Lawrence Weston youth centre to help you check whether you could save.

To book an Energy Check appointment, contact the MoneySmart team on 0117 9515751 or email . You will need to bring your latest energy bill or annual statement.

For more information, visit our website .

Lawrence Weston Community Survey

Dear All,

We are inviting all Lawrence Weston residents to fill out the our new Community Survey to direct our work for 2017 and beyond. The survey period will run till the end of February 2017 and results published soon after.  

To complete online go to:


Thank you for participating in the Lawrence Weston Community Consultation 2017! Three years ago we conducted a Community Consultation to collect information about the changes you wanted to see in Lawrence Weston. Since then we have been working hard to achieve what you said you wanted and so far we have achieved the following: 

  • Taken over the Youth Centre to stop it from closure and created a vibrant community resource.
  • Influenced the college site development to include a new Lidl supermarket, housing that meets local needs and a new community health/hub.
  •  Influenced the Council’s new build housing to ensure homes are energy efficient and created a Local Lettings Policy with BCC  to ensure 50%+ of new affordable homes built will go to Lawrence Weston residents.
  • Supported and funded residents to start up the Play Pod at Bangrove and Wiggles and Tiggles play group at Vincent close estate
  • Created an Employment Hub at the Youth Centre to support residents to find employment and training opportunities.
  •  Supported residents to write a Neighbourhood Development Plan through the Lawrence Weston Planning group to give the community a voice around planning issues. You can vote on this in February 2017.
  •  Provided funding for the new Oasis Crafts Shop on Ridingleaze, the Rock community centre, Lawrence Weston out of School Services, the Baptist Church Café, Sea cadets, Juicy Blitz Youth Provision, Blaise Weston Court Sheltered Housing, and other small groups
  • Brought in an additional £1.5 Million of investment to the local area!
  • Now the time has come around again for us to touch base and ask you how you think our work should now be focused. We are asking you some of the same questions, but also some new ones to reflect new priorities, such as housing, energy and community facilities. 

Thank you so much for your time and please come and say hello at the Youth Centre if you would like to get involved in our projects and services, or share any ideas you may have to make Lawrence Weston a better place to live, as well as anything else about the survey. Visit us at for more information about what we do.

Kind regards, Mark Pepper, Jo Clarkson and Laura Moreno
Ambition Lawrence Weston

Laura Moreno
Ambition Lawrence Weston
Registered Company Number: 8179331
Registered Charity Number: 1152237