Absolute Bristol Legends


The Bristol Legends Tea Towel is a collaboration between the team behind international cultural free-sheet Crack Magazine, popular Bristol-based illustrator, T-Shirt designer and owner of the much acclaimed Turbo Island Tees platform Christopher Wright and local homeless charity Caring in Bristol. 

The unique project emerged from a desire to take social responsibility seriously, as well as a shared philanthropic desire to help Bristol’s surging homeless problem at Christmas.Initially based on a pub conversation centred on prominent characters who make Bristol the vibrant place it is, an initial shortlist of “legends” – young, old, famous and local – was created with no reason other than entertainment. After the team behind Crack Magazine suggested a selection of drawings of these characters would suit Chris’ distinctive illustrative style, the idea of presenting these legends on to a tea towel was born.

34 “Absolute Bristol Legends” later and Chris’ illustrations now find themselves on over 1,000 tea towels that will be available to buy online and from a selection of 30 Bristol outlets from December 1st. Priced at £10, all profits from the sale of the tea towels will go to local homeless charity, Caring in Bristol. A perfect Christmas gift and an opportunity for Bristolians to celebrate their heritage in a fun and playful style, all whilst raising money for an innovative charity dealing with one of the most prominent issues Bristol faces as a city. The Bristol Legends Tea Towel is estimated to raise as much as £7,000 for Caring in Bristol, which will go towards their work helping homeless people in Bristol 365 days a year. If successful, an option of a re-print is a distinct possibility.

1. DJ Derek - DJ
2. Jeff Knight - Big Issue Seller
3. Carol Vorderman - TV Personality and Mathematician
4. Danny Wainwright - Pro Skateboarder
5. Cary Grant - Actor
6. Wallace & Gromit - Cartoon Characters
7. Martin Parr - Photographer
8. Dorothy Brown - Building Preservationist
9. The Wurzels - Band
10. Roni Size - DJ/Producer
11. Blackbeard - Pirate
12. Tony Robinson - Actor
13. Beryl Cook - Artist
14. Sue Walker - Activist/Flapjack Seller
15. Tony Benn - Politician
16. Tricky - Musician
17. Maisie Williams - Actress
18. Brian Steele - Carpet Salesman/Businessman
19. Jenny Jones - Olympic Skateboarder
20. Nipper - HMV Dog
21. WG Grace - Cricketer
22. Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Engineer
23. Portishead - Band
24. Alex Lovell - Newsreader
25. David Prouse - Actor
26. Banksy - Artist
27. JK Rowling - Author
28. Judd Trump - Professional Snooker Player
29. Big Jeff - Music Fan
30. Massive Attack - Band
31. Mary Carpenter - Social Reformer
32. Dutty Ken - Landlord
33. Jane Couch - Boxer
34. Stephen Merchant - Actor/Comedian

The Bristol Legends Tea Towel can be purchased from www.absolutebristollegends.com and www.crackmagazine.net/shop or from the aforementioned stockist list who will have a limited number available 

Caring in Bristol is an effective local charity working to deliver support to homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol 365 days a year. We deliver projects around homelessness that engage an amazing community of volunteers, bringing people together to make change happen. Our projects include our annual Caring at Christmas project, where our 800 volunteers help us to provide shelter, food and clothing for people in need over the festive period.

Crack Magazine is Europe’s biggest free culture magazine. Originating from Bristol and with its Head Office still based here, it remains an essential platform for followers of art and culture in the city.

Turbo Island create colourful and cocky t-shirts for the music geeks amongst us. An outlet for all of Christopher Wright’s illustrative explorations.INFORMATION/CONTACTFor all press enquiries:tom@crackmagazine.netThomas Frost - 07886134678

A Rough Sleeping Partnership designed to reduce and prevent homelessness has been set up by Bristol City Council. The partnership is led by St Mungo’s and includes A&S Police, Caring in Bristol, Crisis Centre Ministries and the Golden Key partnership to address the problem of street homelessness in the city.

The number of people rough sleeping in Bristol has increased. Official figures peaked at 97, following the official annual street count in November 2015. This is an increase from 41 rough sleepers (on any one night) in 2014 and less than 10 in 2012 (on any one night). In November 2016 the number of people sleeping rough in Bristol was recorded at 74 during the annual count. Although this represents a drop in the official figure recorded last year, the council and its partners recognises nobody should be forced to sleep rough and remains committed to addressing the problem of homeless and reducing rough sleeping – eventually to zero - in the city. 

The official count for 2017 was done recently and the figures will be released shortly.

The top reasons for rough sleeping from April 2015 to March 2016 were:
• 26% Relationship breakdown
• 22% Evicted
• 13% Leaving prison/remand
• 10% Moving into Bristol without accommodation

The remaining 29% are for a wide range of other reasons.

This is the visible side of homelessness that the public sees and is another indicator that more people are losing their homes or are not in stable accommodation. 

We need to shift things upstream and look at how we can stop the steady flow of people ending up on the streets. Early intervention is key.The rise in demand is manifested in the increase in the number of households in temporary accommodation. 

There are currently 512 households placed in temporary accommodation in Bristol compared to 282 households in March 2014.The official figures represent an insight into visible homelessness but rough sleeping is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to homelessness. We recognise that many single homeless people are Hidden Homeless, defined by Crisis as ‘non-statutory homeless people living outside mainstream housing provision’. 

That is:
• Those who meet the legal definition of homeless but to whom the local authority owes no duty to house (because they have not approached or do not meet the criteria in the homelessness legislation), and;
• Whose accommodation is not supplied by a housing/homelessness provider. We are working in partnership with other providers to engage with all people who are homeless, threatened with homelessness or ‘hidden homeless’.

One of the main challenges we face in meeting the needs of homeless households is the shortage of affordable housing in Bristol and specifically private rented accommodation that is affordable to people on housing benefit (Local Housing Allowance = LHA).