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Can you spot the Bedminster elves?

Mystery and making are coming to the streets of Bedminster and Southville this Christmas, as a troupe of elves pop up in unexpected places…

100 elves, decorated by primary school children and an artist, will be hidden in windows, trees and around the streets for people to find from Saturday 28 November. The Elf Takeover is coordinated by Bedminster Town Team, who have been working with us, artist Russ Henry of Hot Soup House and a local primary school to bring some locally made magic to the streets.

For two weeks in November our digital manufacturing space became a Santa’s workshop, with the cutting and sanding of 100 wooden elves.

Our team then supported 60 six year olds from St Peter’s CofE Primary School in Bishopsworth to design and decorate their own elves. The sessions were part of our new education programme for schools, Maker Lab in a Box, which offers opportunities for schoolchildren to experiment with digital manufacturing and new technologies, try out the latest making tools, and explore careers in the industry.

Artist Russ Henry designed 40 elves to complete the troupe.

The Elf Takeover is run by Bedminster Town Team and will feature four properties – The Elf and Safety Office, Elf Hotel, Santa’s Mailroom and the Elf Workshop – and each of the properties will be interactive, featuring voice activated experiences, lighting effects and falling snow. Several elves will be accompanied by ‘sElfie sticks’, so people can capture the moment.

To find out more about the Bedminster Elves visit their Facebook page.

For more details about making at KWMC contact Justin. For details of our schools’ programme contact Penny.



Bristol Grammar School raises funds for KWMC

We were delighted to be the chosen charity for Bristol Grammar School‘s Diamond’s House earlier this year. From flower sales to cake-making, students from years 7-13 raised money to support our work with people of all ages in Knowle West and beyond.

We’d like to thank the staff and students of Diamond’s House for their kind recognition and their great fundraising efforts, which raised over £930!

Fundraising began in October 2014 with the Diamond’s House Concert, where staff and pupils entertained an audience with music, comedy, drama, dance and gymnastics. This raised £225.21 through ticket sales and selling home-made cakes and refreshments during the interval.

During Diamond’s House Charity Week in March 2015 all of the House tutor groups held cake sales, whilst Year 10 pupil Sam also did a sponsored swim, raising a further £42.50!

Our Communications Officer Rachel visited BGS on 11th March to give a House Assembly and shared our 19-year story, as well as exciting future developments at KWMC, including the relaunch of our Young People’s Programme as Jump Studios and the new employment platform Eight.


On March 17th, BGS celebrated its annual Charter Day at Bristol Cathedral, when it is traditional for everyone to wear a daffodil. Each tutor group in Diamond’s House sold daffodils to the rest of the school – reflecting their house colour and ensuring that everyone had a flower to wear during the service!

KWMC would like to thank the pupils and staff of Diamond’s House for their fantastic fundraising efforts – and for doing so much to support our work.

For details about how you could support KWMC please contact Caryn or visit the Support page. Photos and fundraising details courtesy of Bristol Grammar School.

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