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PRSC Mission

About Stokes Croft

Stokes Croft is the most interesting and culturally diverse area in Bristol, boasting more honesty, beauty and truth than any other part of the City. It is precisely because Stokes Croft has been neglected, that people of all backgrounds and circumstance have learned to co-exist in an enclave of tolerance that few from outside this magical area can begin to understand.

The mission is to help Stokes Croft to recognise its special qualities by improving the streetscape through direct action, by creating a sense of identity, a sense of belonging and of self-worth.

PRSC is determined to safeguard the unique character of the area.

Because of the economically challenged nature of Stokes Croft, there are many areas where there are gaps in the normal commercial landscape. This can be seen as a disadvantage, a gap- toothed smile. PRSC sees only opportunity, the opportunity to flavour forever the visual nature of our quarter. More stimulating. Tidier. Safer. Better. Opportunity.


PRSC Mission Statement

Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC) will provide benefit to The Community by promoting the interests of the area, and by seeking to work with the skills of the whole Community to influence the direction in which this area develops.

PRSC will seek to promote and bring to fruition the notion of Stokes Croft as a Cultural Quarter, as a destination. PRSC will seek to promote creativity and activity in the local environment, thereby generating prosperity, both financial and spiritual. PRSC will work in all ways to enhance the reputation of Stokes Croft as a globally renowned Centre for Excellence in the Arts, both in its own actions and by encouraging the action of others. PRSC believes that the strength of the local Community resides in its creativity, tolerance and respect for each other.

PRSC will seek to protect and enhance that which is valuable in the historic fabric of Stokes Croft. PRSC recognises the importance of already existing infrastructure in determining an area ‘ s character. PRSC will afford due consideration to the status of Stokes Croft as a Conservation Area.

PRSC will seek to generate an ethos of sustainability, both in its business practices, and in its approach to every aspect of the development of Stokes Croft, actively seeking innovative responses to the issues that confront the whole of society, with the wider concerns of global society always to the fore in its thinking. By actively pursuing this course, PRSC will seek to test theories, to offer and encourage examples of best practice.

PRSC will actively seek to ensure that Stokes Croft remains a Centre for Excellence in The Arts and for innovative thinking. PRSC will seek to acquire freehold property in Stokes Croft, recognising that this is the principal method for assuring permanence in its aims.

Efficiency will be at the core of PRSC ‘ s thinking. PRSC will seek to maximise return from the scant resources that have traditionally been Stokes Croft ‘ s lot.

The Community is : those who live in, work in or pass through Stokes Croft and its surrounding area.

Stokes Croft is defined as “Stokes Croft and its surrounding areas”.

In January 2009, the area that best fits with the Community demographic is depicted in the Map attached. This is subject to change at any time.

isted below are the activities that PRSC will pursue as a Community Interest Company, and how these activities will be of benefit to the area.

The company’s activities will provide benefit to:Those who live in, work in or pass through Stokes Croft and its surrounding area. 

Activities (what the company is set to do) How will the activity benefit the community?
To realise a Cultural Quarter where creativity in all its forms can flourish, and to facilitate the conditions necessary for an appropriate commercial sector, with creativity at its core, to grow in Stokes Croft.To maintain and improve the visual environment and infrastructure of Stokes Croft, pulling together all members of the community. Initially, to create in Stokes Croft an Outdoor Gallery and thereby make Stokes Croft a vibrant destination. A community which decides its own destiny and optimises the use of its own talents, with the aim of creating a sustainable local economy, will prosper in all senses.The local community will benefit from the positive visual dialogue taking place in the Stokes Croft area, thereby increasing a sense of belonging and ownership, and renewing a respect for the improving public environment. Businesses will benefit from increasing footfall of visitors to the Outdoor Gallery.
To set up and run an art gallery, showcasing the skills of local artists. To sell their work, produce and sell merchandise, using local suppliers where possible.To manufacture locally designed product. This will include chinaware, which will become a product specifically identifiable with Stokes Croft.To run gigs, performances, festivals.To facilitate performance and rehearsal spaces for music, drama and associated activities. By running our own gallery and by selling locally produced artwork and merchandise, we encourage creativity in the area, promote its status as a Cultural Centre and contribute to increasing prosperity for the locality.By working with artists from the locality, we acknowledge, help to generate and promote the style and attitude that typifies Stokes Croft. In manufacture, where possible, we attempt to involve those struggling with addiction, or at risk of social exclusion, providing opportunities for structure in often chaotic lifestyles.By running events, we generate interest in the local area, some income for local performers/artists, as well as raising funds for the Company.
To seek to influence the development of Stokes Croft, with due regard to the 2006 Stokes Croft Enhancement Plan and 2007 Conservation Area Document. By engaging in the democratic processes surrounding Planning and Conservation, we ensure the success of the development of Stokes Croft as a destination /cultural quarter.
To initiate local Public Works Projects, to include gardening, street sweeping and general maintenance, seeking to involve where possible the homeless, unemployed and those with addictions.To engage governing bodies to improve public services, and to investigate the possibility of some of these services being run by the Community. To offer constructive solutions for the adoption of neglected public and private spaces for the benefit of the Community. By working with the whole community, we attempt to offer opportunity for improvement in the lives of the disadvantaged, whilst realising improvement of public amenity in the neglected areas of Stokes Croft.Direct input by the community into the delivery of services, and into the use of public space will increase a sense of local ownership, self-esteem and pride.
People’s Republic of Stokes Croft will be accountable to, and will represent the interest of the Company’s members, through its actions as a Social Enterprise. By involving members from all areas of the community, we encourage all to help make Stokes Croft a better place to live, work and visit.
If the company make any surplus it will be used for… Any surplus generated by the Company will be used to achieve the stated aims of People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, in seeking to ensure that Stokes Croft retains its vibrant character and unique culture in perpetuity.

Mission Statement last updated Feb. 2009 at time of incorporation

Click here for  PRSC’s Memorandum and Articles of Association

This is a lengthy document, and not for the faint-hearted…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2009 11:24 am

    Hi there

    We run a People’s Republic site (the People’s Republic of South Devon), and we thought it might be good to collect other People’s Republics’ Christmas message.

    Do you have some thoughts you could share with us?

    Any questions, drop us a line.

    All the best
    Lee Morgan

  2. March 17, 2010 1:32 pm


    I have just been reading through your site and your ongoing fight against Tesco. First can I offer my support of what you are trying to do. I am involved in a similar fight in my hometown of Sheringham, Norfolk and know how dispiriting it can get.

    Our own campaign has attracted alot of interest from the national newspapers and we are due to speak to The Times today and I just wanted some more backgroud on similar campaigns around the country to highlight the bullying tactics of Tesco so anything you could give me would be great.

    In the meantime can I point you to both my Facebook group and blog, which cover our own fight in Sheringham.

    If you can help, please email me at

    Many thanks,

  3. Richard Craven permalink
    September 5, 2010 5:05 pm

    Dear Mr Chalkley

    Do you think that you could possibly stop parking your van across the cycle lane and the pavement outside your premises in Jamaica Street? Cycle lanes are for cyclists, and pavements are for pedestrians. Your aspiration to the leadership of the Stokes Croft community does not exempt you from normal legal and moral obligations towards other road users. I have on my hard drive photographic evidence of recent transgressions by you, and am currently trying to work out how to post them on your website.

    Yours sincerely

    Richard Craven

  4. December 18, 2010 11:11 pm

    The PRSC is the Posh rich self serving cnuts. It is a front for Mr Chalkley and his paramour’s ego’s of course he can park where he wants he is a self appointed lord of Stokes Croft!! Where are the accounts for this…. charity/property development/retirement fund??? What is it’s purpose. If you are such a kind philanthropist Mr Chalkley sell everything give all your money to the poor you claim to represent!!

  5. andrew brimson permalink
    August 29, 2011 7:53 pm

    Stokes Croft is a short Road in Bristol,it covers a minute area of Bristol, how do you include Jamaica Street and Dove Street ?.I used to walk through Stokes Croft from the early 1960s to the early 1980s, it was ropey then, it has become worse on the eye , not better,your group seems to have taken ownership,how I fail to understand,but kindly keep it to Stokes Croft, Bristol can not afford to have you elsewhere
    Andrew Brimson

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