Clifton and Hotwells
Improvement Society (CHIS)

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Green bridge to mark beginning of Bristol's European Green Capital year
Suspension bridge fireworks
Fireworks 2014 to celebrate 150 years since opening



Welcome to the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society website.
This site contains information about this Bristol society, what it is involved in, details of its events and information about all that we care about in Clifton and Hotwells.
If you need our help, or want to help us, please join our Society.

Founded in 1968, over 45 years old and still much to do!

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The society's main aims are:

Latest Items of Interest

CHIS Events
Now held in THE APOSTLE ROOM of the CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL PEMBROKE ROAD 20:000 unless stated otherwise.

  • Wednesday 20 May 9:30pm Next event is: VISIT TO BUSCOT PARK NEAR FARINGDON
SATURDAY 6th JUNE and SUNDAY 7th JUNE. 11.00 – 5.00 Read about the latest details about the CHIS GREEN SQUARES AND SECRET GARDENS event.

CHIS plaques This year CHIS arre hoping to be putting up plaques to

  • William Pennington, Master of Ceremonies of the Hot Wells
  • 9th May 11am: Dorothy Brown, the indefatigable campaigner at 6 Buckingham Vale who died in 2013
  • 8 August 11am: Charles Richardson, the eminent engineer who was born 200 years ago and who lived in 10 Berkeley Square
7 March 2:30: In addition a Merit Award (to acknowledge buildings and restoration works of distinction) was put up on 1, The Avenue.
Dorothy Brown
Dorothy Brown
Charles Richardson
Latest News and more events
Planning (holds advice) scaffolding
Photo by Brian Joseph, Princess Victoria St. What a way to be woken up!
This is what happens when scaffolding is not tied and a strong wind catches it.
Licensing Hotwells Service Station, Hotwells Road wihdrawn
Residential Parking Scheme The Clifton Village (CV) RPS will start operating on Monday 16 March 2015. Details and maps of the parking arrangements in CV RPS are available at the following link - How the scheme works in the Clifton Village (CV) area parking protest tank

Entrance Pillar knocked down leading to grade II* Buckingham Place More details

Cobblestone Mews
Bristol Water and Rossco Civil Engineering make a good job of relaying the cobbles in this wonderful street after major roadworks.

incongruous temporary lamp post in Christchurch Rd replaced after 9 years

Buckingham Place
christchurch rd

Brunel Swivel Bridge
Brunel's Other Bridge
Read the latest. See the new signs to promote it.
CHIS and BIAS have each bought a 50 ton jack to lift it.
Exhibition 16 February to 15 April 2015

There is an exhibition about the Swivel Bridge in the Create Centre, Smeaton Road with photos through the ages, drawings, work progress, and giving an opportunity for fund raising for our next stage.

Read the latest, find out next open days at Clifton Rocks Railway. We are celebrating 10 years this year from when we first started work in February 2005.
7 January 2015: New overthrow delivered.

St Andrews Churchyard work party Sunday 22 March from 10.30 – 3.30.

Brunel Swivel Bridge

Clifton Rocks Railway

St Andrews
advertising: Includes planning applications A boards
Nature, Landscape and Environment
  • May 2014: New Downs Playground equipment erected, after consultation and planning applications in 2013. Watch out for the CHIS seat to arrive.
  • 4 Dec 2013: Plans are afoot to create a Clifton Tree Trail
Victoria Square
Refuse, Pollution and noise in Clifton

Latest news on refuse issues

14-15 December 2013: George Ferguson, Bristol’s Mayor is launching a new campaign to highlight the cost of litter and to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

Dec 2013: Smokers Litter Initiative

domestic bins
Photographs of how bins affect streetscape
Security in Clifton The Police have noticed there seems to be a small increase in Theft of Motor Vehicle from both Clifton beats. Please keep your eyes out for any “dodgy” people or tow trucks. Call 101 non-emergency or 999 if you believe a crime is being committed. Or email the beat team if it is just for their information.


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