Southmead’s Coming Home: Every Tuesday at 10:30am

England has certainly brought it home this year as incredible athletes took to the global stage at Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games. Gymnast Marfa Ekimova flew around the apparatus claiming the individual all-around Commonwealth title. Daryll Neita bossed the 100m track in a victorious 10.90 seconds. The Para Sport programme had a whopping 43 events across eight sports, gripping the nation with courageous feats of strength and speed. It was a fantastic summer for women’s sports too as Wembley’s roof blew off with unfiltered joy for England’s Lionesses. 

But enough about the present, let’s talk about the past. Sporting Memories are bringing it home to Southmead and holding up a magnifying glass to heroic moments in sport. The group share memories by tapping into a passion for sport and helping people to connect with others and with their own pasts, reawakening positive thoughts and feelings that otherwise may remain hidden away. 

These relaxed conversations, facilitated by sports enthusiast John Collis, focus on sharing memories of local and global sporting moments. Pele playing for Brazil, boxing legend Mohamed Ali’s world class performances, and Billie Jean Kings’ six Wimbledon wins are just some of the topics in conversation. The Sporting Memories group believes that recalling moments like these brings individuals together and can help build friendships. 

If you’d like to say hello, Sporting Memories is held in Community Corner at the Greenway Centre Café on Tuesday morning 10.30am-12pm. It’s a starting point to have fun whilst creating relationships and companionship with others in the community. 

For more info email Community Development Worker Rhona Oughton:, or telephone 0117 950 3335.