Stockwood, Hengrove & Whitchurch

'The Ivor Project' by Once - Arts and Ceremonies.


Biggerhouse & Ideal Eye Films

‘The Ivor Project’ saw Ivor, a friendly and warm elderly gentleman puppet, and Jo, a young woman in her 30s, get to know Stockwood. After attending a whole range of local groups and gatherings, from Tai Chi sessions to singing classes, Once devised a series of performance tea parties, inviting residents of Stockwood from different generations and sections of the community to come together and get to know each other. People chose from a variety of questions, or ‘starters’, available on the tables to trigger conversations. A series of tea cups were made for each of the participants, decorated with one of these questions, as a lasting reminder of what the project was about.  

Once Arts and Ceremonies have been working together for over ten years, making participatory events and projects which celebrate the unique nature of communities. Their work is always fun but also allows people a chance for reflection, to see themselves and their communities in a new light.

  • Delivered 19 workshops to community groups in Stockwood
  • Directly engaged 330 people
  • Delivered 3 well attended performance tea parties bringing people together in a hard-to-reach area

More info about Once can be found at or like the Facebook Page.

This story, this meeting, this basic human interaction, that I wish more people would do…is now helping other people to react and be human.








***NEWS UPDATE***  1st December

Once Arts & Ceremonies held their last Tea Party for Stockwood this Saturday. Tea was drunk, cakes were eaten and Ivor demonstrated his Victoria Sponge making skills for all to see. Questions were distributed at each table to act as 'conversation starters', encouraging people to get to know one another. This has been a project which has aimed to inspire people to get to know their community and the resounding messages of friendliness and warmth will be remembered by all those that took part. We would like to thank everyone that has been involved in the project at each stage, from the initial consultation period, to the interactive sessions where Ivor attended groups and community gatherings, to the celebratory tea parties at the end. A range of special tea cups are being created, decorated with some of the questions that Stockwood residents were encouraged to ask one another, as a lasting reminder of what this project was about. 

***NEWS UPDATE***  17th November

The pictures are in.

Ivor has been entertaining and we've heard his tea parties are not to be missed. The final two on 23rd and 28th November are filling up fast, but there's still an opportunity to book your space if you're quick. Places are free, and can be booked either by emailing or calling 07969 746720. 

***NEWS UPDATE***  22nd October

Announcing - Ivor's Tea Parties!

Ivor would now like to bring everyone together at a Stockwood exclusive Tea Party!

This will be free for all residents of Stockwood. It will feature a heart-warming performance from Ivor himself, scintillating conversation and perfect pastries.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential. You can book by sending Once an email to this address or calling or texting 07969 746720. In the email, make sure you include the names of the people who are coming, your contact number and the date of the Tea Party you would like to attend. 

Tea Parties will be held on these dates:

- 6th November, 12-2pm at Christ the Saviour Church
- 23rd November 1.30-3.30pm at Christ the Saviour Church
- 28th November 10-12pm at Stockwood Free Church

Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!

Download the front of the flyer here  and the back here

***NEWS UPDATE***  15th October

Ivor has now been to meet the Alzheimer's Group, Walking Group, and Skittles Group. He's been to the library, tried some bowling and even attended a Tai Chi class! Make sure you check out the pictures in the gallery at the bottom of the page to see him in action.

Photo: Jon Craig
This Friday Ivor and Jo will be interviewed by the lovely Mervyn who they met as a participant on one of their visits to Stockwood a few weeks back - catch them on BCFM 93.2fm at 2pm this Friday 16th Oct to hear how the project has been going!

***NEWS UPDATE***  1st October

Ivor has had a busy month getting to know Stockwood. He's made friends with local walkers, the skittles group and the Alzheimer's group. Pat from the Alzheimer's Group said last week about Ivor:

"He's such a good listener, isn't he? He's taking in everything we say."

Details of what's coming next here soon. Watch this space. 

***NEWS UPDATE***  27th August 

If you were lucky, you may have seen Ivor out and about at Stockwood Library this weekend. We've been reliably informed that he had a wonderful time. If you missed him, he'll be back in mid-September to spend time with the Stockwood Walking Group, the Skittles Group, a Tai Chi class and the Alzheimer's group! He's clearly made a lot of friends already...


***NEWS UPDATE***  12th July 

Ivor and Jo have visited the Stockwood Community Festival on Saturday 11th July. Did you spot him or even take time to chat?

More photos can be found on the Neighbourhood Arts Facebook page.

***NEWS UPDATE***  9th July 

Spread the word about Ivor and Jo in Stockwood.


What will a neighbourhood arts project look like for Stockwood, Hengrove & Whitchurch?

  • The project has been shaped from what we heard from individual residents, community groups and local businesses.

What’s happened so far?

We’ve been consulting people living in the neighbourhood area to find out:

  • what issues need addressing in terms of the green agenda
  • particular areas that would be great to have an arts project
  • specific community groups or members of the community an artist, maker or facilitator should work with – ie schools, unemployed or older people

How are we engaging with this area? Well, we’re…

  • talking at the neighbourhood partnership and local forum meetings
  • working closely with Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood & Community Development teams
  • meeting with community leaders, groups and individuals
  • keeping busy on social media
  • leaving flyers in community buildings
  • held a public consultation meeting on Thurs 12th March at Oasis Hub.

What are the next steps?

  • The artist/maker or facilitators brief will be publicised for 5 weeks. The commission will be for £10,000 which includes all project fees, materials & expenses, although volunteers may be provided to assist on the project. See the brief below:




“I’m a creative Bristolian and I’d like to get involved.”

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Ivor meeting Stockwood

Ivor at Tai Chi

Ivors BCFM Interview

Stockwood Tea Parties