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Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

Whitchurch Village Council

Vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for Whitchurch Village Council.

Full details:-
pdf logo Notice of Vacancy

Cricket for Juniors

Whitchurch CC, Somerset, Whitchurch Village, BS14 0BT
Fri 18 May – Fri 06 Jul 2018, 17:30 – 18:15

About
All Stars Cricket provides boys and girls from 5-8 years old with 8 weeks of non-stop fun. The activity and game based programme is suitable for all skill levels, ....... providing your child with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Local Friendly club located in Whitchurch Village, Come along and try cricket, you may just become hooked...

More information and booking:-
All Stars Cricket website

Whitchurch Village Community Clear Up
Saturday 7th April 2018

Twelve Volunteers turned out on a damp and soggy Saturday morning to take part in the Annual Village Clean-up, which runs alongside Keep Britain Tidy events.

Around 20 bags of rubbish were collected from pavements, footpaths and open spaces around Whitchurch Village to help make the area look clean and tidy.

Refreshments were then provided in Whitchurch Community Centre, with homemade cakes donated by a local resident, which were much appreciated by the volunteers after all their hard work.

A huge thank you to all those who took part in the event, organised by Whitchurch Village Council, especially the three pupils from Whitchurch Primary School.

Whitchurch Village
Neighbourhood Development Plan
2015/2042

The Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Development Plan was formally approved by BANES on 6th December 2017 and is now a part of the Council’s Development Plan, which is in accordance with section 38A(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Reasons for making this decision: 96.5% of those voting in the Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan referendum on Thursday 16th of November 2017 voted in favour of the Plan.

A huge well done and thank you to all the Volunteers for the work they put in to complete the Plan. The final ‘made’ version of the plan is available here:-
pdf logo Development Plan
Large document (48 pages)


Whitchurch in Lights

A big thank you to all residents and businesses, who have decorated their homes/premises, making the village look so festive this year.

There were so many fantastic displays to choose from, but after careful consideration this year’s winners are:–
Best House – Joint winners
Gary & Kate Sidders, 151 Bristol Road & Dean Edwards, 149 Bristol Road
Best Business – HairbyKnight, Bristol Road

Whitchurch Village Council
Christmas Light Switch On 2017

Friday 1st December did not just see the children of Whitchurch excitedly opening their Advent Calendars, the evening also marked the Village Lights Switch On, with a fantastic crowd of about 200 gathered in Church Road.

The cold but dry evening started with Father Christmas arriving at a rate of knots in his open top car, and after a number of practice countdowns, Santa switched on the lights in the Millennium Garden successfully.

From there, and in front of St Nicholas Church steps, with a backdrop of the Church lit up and a dramatic moon, the children of Whitchurch Primary School were brilliant when they sang some ‘Christmassy’ songs, including some fantastic soloists.

The Village Council also arranged for the Salvation Army to play a few well known carols, and the crowd sang along before disappearing into the Church Hall for mulled wine and mince pies, helped by generous donations from Tesco Brislington and also by some local ladies who made the delicious mince pies.

We would like to thank all of you who attended & supported this popular seasonal event. This year we raised £125 to go to St. Peters Hospice. Thank you!!!!!!!!!

We would also like to thank most sincerely the Bedminster arm of the Salvation Army, ably led by Ben, the children of the Whitchurch Village School who sang beautifully, all of the volunteers who helped on the evening and Tesco for their contribution. Special thanks to Matt Donovan who made sure the evening ran smoothly with the microphone.

Next year the date will be Friday 30th November …please put the date in your diaries!!!!!!!!!

Youth Bus Whitchurch

We Offer a range of information, support and activities such as
  • Information services and career advice, including CV’s
  • Sexual health and Relationships
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Trips such as theme parks or adventurous activities
  • Internet Safety and cyber bullying
  • Creating arts and cooking
  • Self-esteem & Emotional Resilience
  • Sports Activities

Contact:Rob on 07875 488786 or rob_rumming-pain@bathnes.gov.uk

It’s Free, Confidential and Friendly

Whitchurch Village Fete 2017

The sun shone brightly on Whitchurch Village Fete’s 40th birthday and local folk (& their canine partners) made the most of the chance to meet up with friends and enjoy being entertained by events in the arena, including Concord band, Enchante Baton Twirlers, Shaolin Wushu martial arts, family sports, Ferretworld and Natalie White’s Dance School.

The Fete opened with waves from Paw Patrol lookalikes, Skye and Marshall from Special Occasions Mascots and Fete Princesses Mollie, Charlie & Ruby Hall in their bright blue beach buggy, followed by The Littlest Rescue’s Chewy the Bunny Car & life-size Bunny, Dermot O’Leary!

The marquee attracted a record number of entries and was filled with beautiful flowers, vegetables, arts and crafts, including a satsuma snail & an aubergine penguin!

A1 Pegasus Hawking gave the chance to handle their birds of prey, dogs braved the heat to enter the Dog Show and children had fun on teacup rides, trampolines, bouncy castle and traditional games such as roll-a-coin and table skittles, as well as learning about Guide Dogs for the Blind and more.

The Tea tent team sold their delicious cakes, and volunteers of all ages again worked together to make the day as successful as possible. The Barn Dance in the marquee with the ‘Granny Smiths’ on the Saturday night was enjoyed by all.

A huge thank you to those who collectively contributed hundreds of hours over the weekend and throughout the year to put on the event and to all those who had stalls and attended, also the local Scouts who did a great job with the car parking in the Barbarians Rugby field. And ‘Thank you’ to all those who sponsored activities and donated prizes. All proceeds from the events will go to local charities and organisations.

If this weekend event is to continue next year, more volunteers are needed – please, if you can spend a few hours a month, or help over the weekend, phone Ashton on 01275 832148 or
email Whitchurchvillagefete@hotmail.co.uk or
send a message via Facebook – www.facebook.com/whitchurchvillagefete

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Fete Princesses Mollie, Charlie & Ruby Hall, with Organiser Clare Broad

Fete Princesses Mollie, Charlie & Ruby Hall

Have a Field Day 2017!

Village Play Park on Saturday 8th July as part of a nationwide celebration of local green spaces. It was a beautiful sunny day and it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves.

The races, organised by Matt, from Whitchurch Village Council, were a real favourite and lots of fun was had by the participant’s, young and old. Alice a volunteer came along to carry out face painting, which was also very popular. This year donations were requested for St Peters Hospice, a total of £194.56 was raised on the day.

This is an annual event organised by Whitchurch Village Council, so look out for details on the website early in 2018.

field day

field day

field day

Fields In Trust Website: www.fieldsintrust.org/fieldday


The Big Tidy Up 2017

Fourteen Volunteers turned out on Saturday 22nd April, to take part in the annual village clean-up, which was also registered under ‘the Big Tidy up’, a nationwide organisation promoting ‘Love where you live’.

Around 20 bags of rubbish were collected from pavements, footpaths and open spaces around Whitchurch Village to make the area look clean and tidy.

Refreshments were then provided in Whitchurch Community Centre, with homemade cakes donated by a local resident and much appreciated by the volunteers after all their hard work.

big tidy up day

The Queen’s 90th Birthday

queen 90th

Whitchurch Village again played its part by participating in this extraordinary event. Our beacon was one of about a thousand up and down the country which was lit to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

A big thankyou to all the volunteers who made this possible, especially the children from Whitchurch Village Primary School, who came along to sing some appropriate songs for the occasion, together with their teachers, parents and helpers.

The beacon was lit, to the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ and a celebratory drink enjoyed by around 70 people in attendance.


band

band

band

Community Clear Up/Clean for the Queen

Thirteen Volunteers turned out on Saturday 2nd April, to take part in the annual village ‘Community Clear Up’, which also coincided with the national campaign ahead of the Queen’s 90th Birthday to ‘Clean for the Queen’

Around 20 bags of rubbish were collected from pavements, footpaths and open spaces around Whitchurch Village to make the area look clean and tidy.

Refreshments were then provided in Whitchurch Community Centre, with homemade cakes donated by a local resident and much appreciated by the volunteers after all their hard work.

clear up

Beware rogue tree surgeons

Members of the public are urged to be vigilant of rogue tree surgeons after numerous reports of cold-call tradesmen operating across Bath and North East Somerset.

“Several local residents have been approached by tradesmen posing as qualified tree surgeons offering to cut down or provide maintenance to garden trees in exchange for cash,” said Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North). “Not only is this potentially dangerous for the tradesmen, it can also cause lasting damage to the tree, possible damage to the property and, in some cases, may result in enforcement action from the Council.”

Bath and many of its surrounding villages and hamlets are covered by Conservation Area designations. In addition, some trees (including trees located in private gardens) may be subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) – which protects specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity. The Council must be notified six weeks in advance of intended works to a tree located within a Conservation Area or covered by a TPO unless a specific exemption applies (such as where a tree poses a risk to the public). To cut down, uproot or destroy a tree covered by a TPO or within a Conservation Area, or to authorise such an action to take place, is considered an offence under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Rogue tree surgeons are therefore leaving landowners potentially liable to criminal prosecution.

Work to trees will often require careful consideration by an experienced Arboriculturalist or a person who is practiced in assessing the health of trees and their appropriate management. Tree works should also ideally be undertaken outside of the bird nesting season (March – October) to prevent destruction of eggs and harm to birds protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

The Council would advise anyone who is considering undertaking or contracting work to trees on their property to first ensure that the trees are not located within a Conservation Area or covered by a TPO. The Arboricultural Association provides a Directory of Tree Surgeons on their website which lists professional, qualified tree surgeons by name, area or postcode. The website also contains information relating to good tree care.

If residents remain in doubt as to the works that can be undertaken to trees covered by a TPO or located within a Conservation Area they can contact the Council for further advice and guidance by emailing Trees_andWoodlands@BATHNES.GOV.UK or calling 01225 394041.

West of England Joint Spatial Plan consultation events

The West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study will set out a prospectus for sustainable growth that will help the area meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years. Estimates state that to maintain its current prosperity, the area needs at least 85,000 new homes by 2036, nearly 30,000 more than the number already planned, as well as the transport and other infrastructure needed to support this level of growth.

Latest Update

Whitchurch Parish Council Response to the West of England Joint Spatial Strategy consultation pdf logo View response

Energy at Home

energy at home

Dear Residents,
Happy New Year from the Energy at Home Team! Our energy efficiency grants are still current for 2016 and we invite you to make enquiries as soon as possible. The grants are open to all residents. They cover a wide range of energy efficiencies from new boilers and new storage heaters to wall insulation and/ or loft insulation. This applies to all ages of building. The grants are open to people with varying economic back grounds therefore we strongly advise that you make the call in the first instance to the Advice Line as you could be someone that might benefit.

The Energy at Home scheme provides free, expert home energy advice, access to national and local grants and support to make energy saving home improvements. There is a short 3 minute film to explain more that is published on our website www.energyathome.org.uk

Please see the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGS4YMxS6Sk

(Above happy customers with Councillor Veal)
The Council currently has a grant available of up to £6,000 for solid wall insulation, and up to £2,000 for other energy saving measures available through the scheme for home owners, private landlords and privately renting tenants. This grant is only available for a limited time and residents need to call the Advice Line by mid February 2016 to benefit.

For more information, residents should contact the Energy at Home Advice Service: Freephone 0800 038 5680 available Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, and on Saturday mornings 9am-12pm.
Or email advice@energyathome.org.uk
Or visit the website www.energyathome.org.uk

energy at home

New Senior Siren magazine

Please follow the below link to the latest edition of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine:

Senior Siren magazine

This edition features a fascinating Senior Spotlight interview with the former Chief UK Scientific Advisor, Professor, Sir John Beddington

Don’t forget that the Senior Citizen Liaison Team also has a Public Presentation Team who offer free senior safety presentations in the Avon & Somerset area – details below.

SCLT PUBLIC PRESENTATION TEAM

The Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) is a regional charity of 30 volunteers that was formed in 2009 to provide a tailored safety education service for the growing older adult population in Wales & South West of England areas.

To convey our message of home and personal safety for the older adult population, we usually take to the road and give literally hundreds of free, crime-busting presentations to seniors groups of all shapes and sizes, all over the UK throughout the year.

Typically we are invited to gatherings of seniors from 10 to 100 in number in community centres and church halls, where we will address audiences which are made up of; Friendship Clubs, Women’s Institutes, Faith Groups and Veterans Clubs, Rotary & Probus Clubs, to name just a very few.

Our Public Presentation Team is made up of professional public speakers who are adept at putting a message across to a mixed audience. Our sessions incorporate PowerPoint presentations and hand-outs with all required equipment provided by the charity (laptop & projector).

If your community or social group is interested in receiving a totally FREE visit from the SCLT Public Presentation Team please get in touch to discuss how we can boost your meeting, AGM or similar event.

At the present time we offer 3-presentations, all of which are entirely FREE of charge: ~

  • Senior Safety Presentation ~ 30-45 minute presentation on the dangers and pitfalls of doorstep crime and telephone/mail and e-mail scams. Includes tips on crime prevention and staying safe when using technology.
  • SCLT Event Presentation ~ 30-45 minute presentation featuring the inspirational story of the formation and evolution of the SCLT Charity from inception in 2009, to recognition with the Prime Ministers Big Society Award in 2013. This presentation is particularly commended by Rotary, Probus and WI groups for their guest speaker programmes.
  • Senior Road Safety Presentation ~ 30-45 minute presentation which has been designed by an expert in the field of road safety for older adults. The theme of the talk includes; safe driving into later-life, enjoying economic motoring, health and driving and deciding when to stop driving.

Please visit our website for further information about our charity and what we do at: www.sclt.us or give us a call for more information on 07788236804.

Ken Webb Village Agent

I would like to introduce myself to you as your new Village Agent, l have recently taken over from Julie Bragg, due to a re-organisation of areas. The Parish of Whitchurch Village is now in my area.

Our aim is to put people in touch the organisations that offer help and support. I can arrange a confidential home visit or a meeting at a venue of your choice. Our service is free and available all members of the community in the Bath & N.E.Somerset area.

Please call me with any issues or worries you may have and see how we can help.

If you have any further queries or would like to know more about the Village Agent Scheme please do not hesitate to call the office on 01275 333700 which will take a message on my behalf. You can also contact me directly on my mobile 079019006708 or e-mail ken@wern.org.uk

Volunteer Drivers Needed

The Chew Valley Community Transport Car Scheme provides transport to essential medical appointments within the Valley and beyond for those who have no transport or are unable to drive. Operated entirely by volunteers, passengers are asked to cover any parking fees and make a donation towards the fuel used by the driver.

We now have passengers in the Whitchurch area who are in need of a lifts and to make this as affordable and efficient as possible, the co-ordinators are looking for more local drivers. Volunteers choose which journeys they cover and when to make themselves available.

If you are a car owner who can spare a few hours each month, please phone the Chew Valley Community Car Scheme on: 01275 333430
or your Village Agent: Mrs Julie Bragg on 07827 526995 to find out more.


The CATT bus may be able to help you.

This is a door to door service to those who are unable to access mainstream transport.

For residents in receipt of a concessionary fare card, there is no charge for travel. Residents who are not in receipt of a travel card will be charged £3.00.

Residents need to phone, 0117 377 3450 to book a seat and will be advised of a pick up time. Alternatively residents can email South Bristol Community Hospital

See leaflet for more details. Open Leaflet