Clevedon & Portishead: Neighbourhood news

PUBLISHED: 14:04 19 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:14 19 June 2019

The talented kids who make up the Rock Project.

The talented kids who make up the Rock Project.


People, places and activities in the local community

The Rock Project

More than 30 students from The Rock Project North Somerset played a charity gig at the Hen & Chicken in Bristol to help raise funds for the Springboard Opportunity Group, a local charity that supports children aged one-five with learning difficulties and their families. The students from The Rock Project aged 12-18 played around 20 songs over two hours, managing to raise a staggering £300.54 in that time.

Andy Collins, who runs The Rock Project, said: "This was another fantastic charity gig that raised a great amount of money for a very worthy local cause. All our students sounded amazing and should be very proud of what they have achieved."

As the Resident prepared to print, students from The Rock Project were gearing up to play at another charity event, The Longest Swim, in aid of the Raj K Soni Foundation at Portishead Open Air Pool.

The rock school's main end of year gig this year will take place at The Fleece in Bristol on Sunday July 14. Anyone can attend these gigs which take place throughout the day starting from noon until 8.30pm.

The Rock Project holds guitar, drums and vocal tuition classes, for a wide range of ages, weekly in Portishead, Clevedon, Nailsea and Ashton.

For more info on the gigs or to join in September email Andy on or search for The Rock Project - North Somerset on Facebook.

Wheelchair basketball

Youngsters at Portishead Youth Club were delighted to take part in a wheelchair basketball session as part of a sports ASDAN course they had enrolled on. The courses allow young people to learn and develop skills in a range of subjects and work towards a qualification if they choose to. The session, which took place at the youth centre, was led by NOVA Sports and Coaching.

Summer holiday fun at the library

Free craft sessions will run every Thursday during the school summer holidays 2-4pm at Portishead Library in Harbour Road. Each week there will be different space-themed craft to link in with this year's summer reading challenge, Space Chase.

Take the children along to the library for Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Join the super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!

Children aged four-11 can sign up for the summer reading challenge at all North Somerset libraries from Saturday 13 July. It's totally free and they get a fold-out collectors' card to record their summer reading challenge journey. As they read any six library books of their choice they will collect special stickers over three visits to the library and if they complete the challenge by Saturday September 7 they will receive a certificate and medal.

For more information, visit and

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