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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 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 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

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

Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan will play a very important part in the way Whitchurch Village will be shaped over the next few years.

The last open evening was a great success, and provided a good platform to start off the process. We aim to have a further meeting in April, currently scheduled for 21st April.

We really do need YOUR help to progress the Plan, and are seeking volunteers urgently. We are looking for anyone who would be able to contribute a little bit of time & enthusiasm to help a small team of local people who are looking to bring the Plan together.

For more information, please visit the Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan website :- http://www.wvnp.org.uk/home

Contacts :– Paul May on 07919047001

Or through the website http://www.wvnp.org.uk/contact-us

fete field


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