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Whitchurch Village

Referendum on the adoption of Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan

A refendum will be held on Thursday 16 November 2017 between 7am and 10pm to decide on the question below:

“Do you want Bath & North East Somerset Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Whitchurch Village to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’



The situation of polling stations and the description of persons entitled to vote thereat are as follows:

Situation of Polling StationStation No. Elector Ranges
N-PW2 Whitchurch Village Community Hall, Bristol Road, Whitchurch BS14 0PT11 to 190


Maria Lucas
Counting Officer

Date: 8 November 2017

Whitchurch Village Council
Christmas Light Switch On 2017

Join us on Friday 1st December at 7pm in Church Road for Christmas Festivities.

Including songs from the Children of Whitchurch Primary School,

Festive music and carols

The Millennium Garden lights will be switched on by a very special guest!

This will be followed by traditional seasonal fare of mince pies and Mulled Wine in St. Nicholas Church Hall.

A retiring collection will be made for St Peters Hospice.

Whitchurch Village Council Whitchurch in Lights

This year our popular Christmas Lights Competition is back.

Decorate your premises to celebrate Christmas,

Judging will take place on the 13th December.

There will be prizes for the Best house and Best Business.

There is no need to enter just have your lights ready for judging.

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

It’s Free, Confidential and Friendly

Notice of Referendum

Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan

Referendum on the adoption of Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan

  1. A referendum will be held on Thursday 16 November 2017 to decide on the question below:
    ‘Do you want Bath & North East Somerset Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Whitchurch Village to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
  2. New applications to be included on the register of electors for this referendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer (address below) no later than Tuesday 31 October 2017. Applications can be made online via
  3. New applications to vote by post, or to amend existing postal or proxy arrangements (e.g. cancellations or re-directions) must reach the Electoral Registration Officer (address below) no later than 5pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017.
  4. New applications to vote by proxy must reach the Electoral Registration Officer (address below) no later than 5pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017.
  5. Applications to vote by proxy on grounds of occupation, service, employment or a medical condition, illness or disability arising after 5pm on Wednesday 8 November must reach the Electoral Registration Officer (address below) by 5pm on Thursday 16 November 2017.

Dated: Thursday 12 October
Maria Lucas
Counting Officer
Electoral Registration Officer
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan Information Statement

A referendum relating to the adoption of Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 16 November 2016.

The question which will be asked in the referendum is:

‘Do you want Bath & North East Somerset Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Whitchurch Village to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

The referendum area is identical to the area which has been designated as the Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan Area, and is identified on the map included with this information statement.

A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if: • he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election in the referendum area; and
• his or her qualifying address for the election is in the referendum area. A person’s qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be so registered.

The referendum expenses limit is £2,427.37. The number of persons entitled to vote in the referendum by reference to which that limit has been calculated is 1,108.

The referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

Copies of the documents listed below and overleaf are available for public inspection during normal office opening hours at:

One Stop Shop, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG

Bath Central Library, 19-23 The Podium, Northgate Street, Bath BA1 5AN

Whitchurch Parish Council, Community Centre Office, Bristol Road, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0PT

Sleep Lane Dental Practice, Sleep Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0QN

The documents can also be viewed on Bath & North East Somerset Council’s website at:

List of documents available for public inspection

  • The draft Neighbourhood Plan
  • The report of the independent examiner into the draft Neighbourhood Plan;
  • A summary of the representations submitted to the independent examiner;
  • The statement of the local planning authority (Bath & North East Somerset Council) that the draft Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions specified by statute and complies with the relevant legislation;
  • A statement that sets out general information as to town and country planning (including neighbourhood planning) and the referendum;
  • A map of the Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan area.

Dated: Monday 9 October 2017

Maria Lucas
Counting Officer
Electoral Services
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW

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 or
send a message via Facebook –

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

Your rubbish collection is changing from 6 November

Look out for your new wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag delivered to your home between 25 September and early November.

Preparations are moving forward for the new service.

What is changing and why?

From 6 November we will be collecting rubbish every other week in wheeled bins or re-usable bags for the majority of residents. Recycling, including food waste will continue to be collected weekly. The chargeable garden waste collections will remain every other week. The changes will help to keep the streets cleaner, increase recycling and make the services more affordable.

Find out your container allocation

In March we sent a letter out with the Council Tax bill to let you know what container you had been allocated. To check your allocation, enter your address at or contact Council Connect.

If you have a query with your allocation please contact Council Connect. Where households have 2 or more children in nappies, 6 or more people in their household or a clear medical need they may be able to apply for a larger bin.

If you need to change your allocation, please contact Council Connect on 01225 394000. They will talk through your needs, and then if appropriate pass on your request for change of container. We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your request. In the meantime, your original allocated container will be delivered to you before the start of the new collection as it will be too late to prevent this happening. If we have agreed to issue an alternative container, we will arrange to replace your original with your changed container.

What happens next?

  • Week beginning 28 August – Royal Mail will deliver a leaflet to you giving you more information about the new service
  • From 25 September to early November– we will deliver the wheeled bins/re-usable rubbish bags to 78,000 households. The bins will be delivered to the front edge of your property or your re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered to your door.



  • do not put out your new bin/bag for collection until 6 November
  • continue to put out your rubbish as you normally do until the new collection starts
  • put out your rubbish for collection in your new bin/bag on your correct collection day from 6 November

Your bin/bag will be delivered with a welcome pack which will include further information about the new collection service including:

  • How to use your new bin/bag collection
  • Right day, right week collection calendar for 2017-18 – please check carefully as your collection day may have changed, so it’s even more important to make sure your recycling and rubbish is out by 7am. You can sign up now for text message reminders of when your new collection is due. Text your postcode to 07520 631700
  • Details of Christmas and New Year changes
  • How to make the most of your recycling collections
  • 2 stickers to put on your recycling boxes to help you separate your recycling

Getting ready for the new service

If you prefer, from 7 August you can collect recycling containers at one of the three Recycling Centres, rather than wait for one to be delivered.

  • Check our website for the latest updates. Check to see if your query is answered in over 30 FAQs we have on our website
  • Visit one of our roadshows to see the new containers and find out more. Go to for details and check on our website to find out where our display wheeled bins are.
  • We are promoting re-usable nappies to help reduce waste. We are selling packs of Bambino Mio re-usable nappies for £150 (£100 less than the retail price).
  • Resident’s packs – we are developing website materials you can download for free to help share messages with neighbours to advise them how to set out their waste etc. The website will explain this further and include a leaflet and tick-card to post to neighbours explaining how to use the service properly.
  • Like our Facebook page to receive updates and tips.


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:

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 for more info or a booking form, or phone Ashton on 01275 832148. And for further updates, watch out on here, or see

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

Christmas Lights Switch on – Friday 2nd December 2016

With the weather being kind once again, we had a record turnout of about 200 people, for the increasingly popular ‘Whitchurch Village Christmas Lights switch on’

For this year we decided to hold the major part of the event in Church Road, having arranged with BANES to close the road off. This was to make the crowd safer, but also to allow the lovely Whitchurch Village School Choir to be heard without the disturbance of the A37 traffic.

At 7pm Father Christmas made his annual appearance from his open top car, and enthralled the crowd by leading a countdown to the lights switch on in the Millennium Garden, which almost went perfectly. As the crowd made its way up Church Road, the Choir gathered and sang 3 well known Christmas songs beautifully, with some fantastic solos, to great applause. Then all made their way to the Church Hall for mulled wine & soft drinks, whilst Santa gave out some small gifts to the children. We would especially like to thank the Choir of Whitchurch Village School for their fantastic entertainment.

Judging by the feedback, a ‘good time was had by all… And there was a real sense of a great Community Spirit which actually made the evening very special.

As always, we would like to thank all those who helped on the night (especially in the Church Hall where it was very busy), Bob the PCSO, and Santa & his helpers for making the time to visit us. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over £100 to go towards SW Children’s Hospice.

We are planning to put on a similar event next year – the date is earmarked for FRIDAY 8th DECEMBER 2017 – so please watch this space for more news on the event, where we are looking to have some Christmas Carols to be sung by all, plus some other changes to help the enjoyment of this great community evening. So please put the date in your diary now, and if you fancy helping to organize the evening then please contact Sue Dyer at Whitchurch Village Council.

Thank you to all those who came along & really made the evening worthwhile

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. – 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.


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.




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

Please see the link below:

(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
Or visit the website

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.


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: 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

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 :-

Contacts :– Paul May on 07919047001

Or through the website

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