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Hall Bookings

3 different venues.

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Cleansing

If there are any issues regarding cleansing in Whitchurch Village, please contact B&NES Council Connect on
01225 394041
councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk.

This is the best way for B&NES to monitor areas which need clearing more often and will be acted on quickly.

Welcome to the Whitchurch Parish Council website.

Whitchurch village is a small parish of just over 500 properties and just over 1000 electors, located in Bath and North East Somerset, just south east of Bristol & west of Bath. Please use the map link to view the village location. There has been a Parish Council in the village since 1894.

Whitchurch village has a pub, primary school, playfield, cemetery, community centre, two churches and many businesses. The Parish is bisected by the busy A37 road.

This website, which has been recently refreshed, has been set up to raise the profile of Whitchurch Village and that of the Parish Council. We hope the information the website provides will be a valuable resource for all things connected with Whitchurch Village. Whether you are a resident of the village, seeking to move into the area, or just visiting the area we hope you’ll find something on this website to interest you.

We’ve included articles on how the Parish Council operates and the dates of our meetings, some of the village history and also events that we know are happening in Whitchurch in the coming months. We also provide details of a number of organisations that operate within the village. However, if there is something you think we’ve missed, do please let us know by using the feedback form and we’ll consider updating the site.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.


Latest News

Christmas rubbish collections

Christmas and New Year collections and tips

Happy Christmas and thank you for all you have recycled this year.

There are NO collections on these bank holidays. Our Recycling Centres are also closed.

  • Christmas day - Mon 25 December 2017
  • Boxing day -Tues 26 December 2017
  • New year’s Day - Mon 1 January 2018

You can check your revised collection dates by entering your address www.bathnes.gov.uk/checkcollection or on your collection calendar with your rubbish bin/bag. Please make sure you put your rubbish and recycling out by 7am on your correct collection day or after 8pm the previous evening. Putting it out by 7am is really important as our crews will be getting used to new routes and you may find your collection times have changed. Remember to bring your empty containers back in as soon as possible on your collection day, to help keep our streets clean and tidy. Please don’t put extra bags next to your rubbish bin/re-usable rubbish bag. Instead, on occasions where you may have extra rubbish please take it to one of our Recycling Centres - before you visit check that you have recycled everything you can. Recycling more and putting less out for rubbish collection helps to keep our service affordable. Garden waste collections

There are NO garden waste collections from Monday 25 December 2017 to Monday 8 January 2018 inclusive. Normal garden waste collections start again on Tuesday 9 January. Free Christmas tree collections

From 9 to 31 January 2018 we will collect your real Christmas tree for composting, as part of our every other week garden waste collection service.

Please:

  • Cut up your tree if it is more than 1.2 metres tall so it will fit in our vehicles
  • Remove the pot and any decorations first
  • Put it at the edge of your property on your garden waste collection day so that our crews can easily see it.

Please check our website, local radio, facebook www.facebook.com/recycleforbathnes and twitter for updates to collections if we experience extreme weather this winter. Recycle more this Christmas

It’s important to make full use of your recycling collection to recycle all you can and to create space in your new rubbish container. Please use the green box stickers included with your wheeled bin/re-usable rubbish bag as a guide to show how to sort your boxes. That way we collect only the items we can recycle, and our crews can sort quickly and correctly into our new vehicles. You can print more stickers from our website www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle

Food recycling -use your collection for all food waste, including meat and fish bones, fruit and veg peelings, teabags and plate scrapings. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for tips and advice to reduce the food you throw away and save you money. Green boxes - add these festive items to your green box(es)

Box 1 – glass and paper

  • greetings cards, wrapping paper (white backed, non-foil), greetings cards and gift tags
  • glass jars from mincemeat, cranberry jelly – just rinse first
  • Christmas jumpers, all clothes, shoes, accessories – any condition but they must be clean and dry so put in a plastic bag in your green box
  • batteries – all types in a tied plastic bag on top of your box so they don’t get lost

Broken fairy lights and other small electricals – please place in an open carrier bag by your green box

Box 2 – tins, cans and plastic

  • clean foil including mince pie, quiche and meat cases
  • metal and plastic biscuit and sweet tins
  • empty aerosols including cream, shaving foam, deodorant, air freshener

Find out more about what you can recycle www.bathnes.gov.uk/wasteservices

And let’s start off the New Year with a resolution to recycle even more in 2018.

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 Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Following the first round of consultation, the Draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been verified as complete by B&NES Council and is available to download.

B&NES Council will now start a six week formal consultation from the 19th of May 2017 until the 30th of June 2017.

Any additional comments will be passed to an appointed planning inspector who will then decide whether to carry out a public examination.

The Plan and supporting documents are available to download from the following links:-

Neighbourhood Plan Proposals: Whitchurch
The Draft Neighbourhood Plan


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

Whitchurch Village Fete’s 40th Birthday!

Make a note now of the date of the 2017 Whitchurch Village Fete weekend, held in Greensmore Field (alongside the A37 for those who don’t know) over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 26th – 28th August. It’s a special one this year, as it’s the Fete’s 40th birthday!

At the Fete on the Monday (Aug 28th), we hope to have 40 dogs in the Dog Show, 40 raffle prizes donated, a 40-meter dash for 40-year olds as well as a 40-feet fancy dress race for the children - and 40 giant/odd-shaped fruit/veg in the Flower Show in the marquee! – so start growing yours NOW…

It would also be great to have 40 new volunteers to help over the weekend/on the Bank Holiday Monday, and 40 stalls at the Car Boot Sale on the Sunday (Aug 27th).

There will also be an event in the marquee on the Saturday evening (Aug 26th) tbc.

If you’d like to help , or have a stall on the Monday, please email whitchurchvillagefete@hotmail.co.uk for more info or a booking form, or phone Ashton on 01275 832148. And for further updates, watch out on here, or see www.whitchurchparishcouncil.co.uk

Make a note in your diary now!


Whitchurch Village in Lights – Results

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

There were so many fantastic displays to choose from, but after careful consideration this year’s winners are:-

Best House – Mr & Mrs Lomas, St Nicholas Road

Best Business – HairbyKnight, Bristol Road


Whitchurch Village Fete 2016 – Presentation Evening

“After a wonderful August Bank Holiday Monday, the Whitchurch Village Fete Committee was able to donate cheques to 18 local charities/organisations at their Presentation Evening at the Whitchurch Royal British Legion on November 17th. And we were treated to a demonstration by the Shaolin Wushu martial arts team who also pulled in the crowds at the Fete.
The Committee would welcome new volunteers to help at the Fete's 40th birthday next year, and any ideas/offers of special attractions - and do start growing your fruit & veg for the Flower Show – there will be classes for the biggest giant vegetables and the most unusual mis-shapen veg!”

Awards Photo Gallery 2016

Have a Field Day!

field day

In September 2014, Whitchurch Parish Council held the first ‘Have a Field Day’ at the play–park. This was set up through the Fields in Trust organisation. – www.fieldsintrust.org and celebrates the commemoration of the Field & Play Park as a permanent & protected green space for the Community , under the Fields in Trust banner as part of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee.

Update

A great time was had by all at the third ‘Have a Field’ day held at Whitchurch Village Play Park on Saturday 9th July. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny afternoon in the end 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. It was agreed that this will be an annual event, so look out for details on the website early in 2017.


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

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