Meadows to Meaders

In addition to the documentary that tells the story of the project we have also created a report that includes images and quotes from participants and audience that you can download as a pdf here.

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A New Direction

From September 2018, Local Learning will be working with Kath Horseman and her creative writing group to create a new community soap opera script based of stories from Southmead’s past.

Bristol Old Vic will begin rehearsals for local residents in January 2019 at the Greenway Centre.

Meadows to Meaders: A New Direction will be performed at the Greenway Centre in March 2019.

Community Research

Meadows to Meaders began with a series of community research workshops at a launch event on Ascot Road, a visit to the Bristol Archives and at the 50+ Forum. This page presents a gallery of images that were collected at these events.


We collected many memories throughout the project that led to four films made by Calling the Shots and pupils from Orchard Secondary School and a series of audio recordingsĀ made by Tot Foster of Wildman and Herring.

Stories of Southmead

Using all the material that was collected during the project a booklet was produced with members of the Southmead community through a series of writing workshops. This booklet is available for free from several venues in the neighbourhood and includes recipes collected by Travelling Kitchen.

Soap Opera

The community performance of the Meadows to Meaders soap opera on Ascot Road in July 2017 was the culmination of months of work with the Bristol Old Vic Engagement Team. A gallery of photos taken by Paul Blakemore at the event are available to view on this page.

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