Zion : About us

We have given this much loved community building a new lease of life.

Zion Community Art Space first opened its doors in June 2011 – and hasn’t the time flown by? 

It’s been nine years of hard work but we hope you’ll agree that we’ve given this much loved community building a wonderful new lease of life and provided some great events and a lovely cafe for all of you to enjoy.

The last service at Zion Methodist Church was held in August 2008. Once a focus for the local community of Bedminster Down, this beautiful chapel was left derelict after the congregation could no longer afford to sustain it.

In 2010, Jess Wright discovered the old church was up for sale – she’d been hunting for ages for a unique property that could house the various community projects that she’d worked on over the years in south Bristol. The minute she walked through Zion’s arch-shaped doors, she was captivated – and committed to reviving this important community hub. With the help of Triodos Bank, she managed to buy Zion the next year. 

Work began to restore the building as a centre for the community and to provide Bedminster Down with a ‘safe creative space for all the community to use’.

Zion provides a daytime café alongside facilities for families with a soft play area for kids. We run over 200 activites and events each year. This inspiring venue is available to rent for meetings, parties, workshops and much, much more. 

We hope that everyone will enjoy their visit and recommend a trip to Zion to all their friends and family. We need your support – now more than ever!

"It’s the centre of our entire community, there is nowhere else locally. It would be devastating to not have it."

If you would like to help support our work please donate via our PayPal account.

Meet the team

Jess Wright

General Manager

Sadie Parfitt

Café Manager

Tanya Hazell

Kitchen Manager
Head Chef

Emma Moore

Outreach Coordinator

Sereena Knapp

Wedding Planner

Natalie Waggott

Bar/Events Manager

Bianca Chinn

Assistant Head Chef

Stuart Shardlow

Assistant Café Manager

Directors

Martin Grant

Local resident and chair of Manor Woods Valley Group; life-long environmentalist with a passion for urban green spaces.

Sereena Knapp

Creative designer supporting Zion with community engagement since it's opening. Zion wedding planner, coordinating and promoting weddings in our unique space.

Claire Lambson

Recently joined the team of Directors. Local resident for 13 years. Breastfeeding Peer Supporter at the Babes@Zion breastfeeding support group for 7 years. Special interest in wellbeing and public health.

Andy Lewis

A retired Senior Manager with a proven track-record in people management, managing change and budget control. Former local Youth Worker and School Governor who now “writes for a passtime”.

Emma Moore

Outreach Coordinator who has been working and volunteering at Zion since its opening. Local resident for 20 years with expertise in Finance, Auditing, Community Engagement and Horticulture.

Aimee Owen

Active local resident, Zion volunteer for 1 year but customer & supporter since the beginning. Experience in project management, children & youth services. Advocate for equality.

Hannah Tweddlell

Resident of Bedminster Down for 10 years. Zion Director for the past 4 years, Mother Supporter with the Babes@Zion group. Works in community engagement at a local University.

Jess Wright

Zion founder and programme manager, working in creative industries and community engagement for over 20 years. Local resident and champion of equality for all.

Our supporters

Zion Community Space, Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down BS13 7JW
Phone: 0117 923 1212
Email: info@zionbristol.co.uk

Opening Hours Tue to Fri: 9am – 3pm
Mon/Sat/Sun: Closed (events/available to hire)