Greenbank is widely known for its diverse culture and unique community spirit, both things that initially attracted homeowners Claire, an English teacher, and Dave, a church minister to the area in 2010. We sat down with the family to discuss their time at Carlyle Road.
“Claire is from Bristol, but I was new to the city when we first moved. I’ve lived in some quite diverse areas, and Easton/Greenbank just seemed to be the place that we landed on, and we absolutely loved it”, explained Dave.
Dave’s work within the community has meant that the family really got to know the neighbourhood and its residents throughout their time in the area, something that’s been important to them both.
“The community in this area alone is so special, our neighbours are amazing and there’s a real sense of everyone coming together. I work in the community that I live in, and I get involved in running community events, which have been affected somewhat by COVID, but as things start to open back up, we can reach out to the community again. We’ve done some things online with schools, and most recently ran a cream tea delivery to around a hundred senior citizens in the local area, with neighbours nominating each other for a treat, which just goes to show how the community values one another around here!”
With three small children, the couple loves to get out and about around the area and especially love the plethora of green spaces to choose from.
“There are quite a few parks within walking distance from the house, which are all perfect for the whole family. There’s St George’s Park, Eastville Park, Owen Square, and what we think is the best park in the area, Greenbank Cemetery, which is such a lovely space for a walk or a picnic. There’s a growing range of cafes and coffee shops in the area, all perfect for a pit stop whilst you're out. If you fancy something a little different or a change of scenery, the cycle path is so close to the house and with the train station just a short walk away, everything is really accessible”, says Claire.
“There are also some amazing schools around the area! Two of our boys are at Whitehall primary school which is just amazing, and our youngest is at nursery just around the corner. To have our children all go to school just a few minutes away makes for a really easy commute, and to have them all attend local schools from nursery as they grow is lovely”, adds Claire.
The family’s love for the area means that they plan on staying relatively local, as they hunt for more space for their expanding family needs.
“I think for both of us, our favourite thing about our time at Carlyle Road has been that sense of belonging to a community and acceptance amongst everyone, something that I’ve not experienced as much as I have done here compared to anywhere else I’ve lived”, explains Claire.
“People are so friendly, and the diversity means that the local people have learnt to share their lives together, and the different cultures mean we are all always sharing foods, stories and much more."
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