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| | Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council
| |Hopefully this Newsletter will enable you to:
We like to hear of your concerns and of any issues that you may wish to bring to our notice. You can do so using any of the following:
- find out what your Parish Council is doing and planning to do;
- tell us what needs doing;
- find information about the parish;
- contact North Somerset Council - 01934 888 888
- calling at the Parish Office, Community Centre Building, BS25 1JA, (opening times: Monday and Thursday: 10am to noon);
- telephoning, (01934 844257),
- emailing, (email@example.com or by clicking here;
- writing to Lynne Rampton, our Parish Clerk; (Winscombe Community Centre, 11 Sandford Road, Winscombe. BS25 1JA
- visiting our website on www.winscombeandsandford-pc.gov.uk
By clicking here you can gain access to our website: comments would be appreciated.
Annual Parish Assembly. 7.30pm, Sandford Village Hall, 1st April 2019
This annual get-together is a forum when any parishioner or any representative of a parish group has the opportunity to speak to other parishioners and their councillors regarding any matter that the speaker considers would be of interest. The topics covered are very varied and include presentations by individuals, representatives of local businesses or societies, groups attempting to complete parish projects and agencies that can provide various types of assistance.
Each of these brief talks is followed by questions and answers. Afterwards light refreshments are served. The refreshments, while being pleasant in themselves, also give an opportunity for individuals to contact speakers on a one-to-one basis
If you would like to take an active part by giving a five-minute talk on what you believe is a relevant topic please contact the Parish Clerk by email by clicking here.
The agenda will be published on all of the three parish notice boards and emailed to you via a very brief, additional Occasional Newsletter.So, we look forward to your contribution and/or your attendance. All are welcome at Sandford Village Hall.
|Housing Development in Woodborough Farm Field,|
|There is to be a Redrow development of over 170 houses in this Woodborough Farm field.The top photograph of the field and its adjacent buildings was taken from The Lynch in 2019. Mooseheart (Kildare House) can see seen in the left-hand far background. The red-roofed barns that are to remain in the field are in the extreme right of this photograph, just left of a grassy mound. What will it all look like in ten years time?|
|These photographs of the same Woodborough Farm field were taken from The Lynch in 1964. Note that one side of Church Road then had no houses. Above the left-hand rugby posts (three red roofs) is the original Mabbett village forge, and above the right-hand rugby posts are the field's two barns that are to remain as part of the REDROW development. |
Parish Litter Picking
Another litter picking event is to take place on 13th April. Contact Janet Corry for further information by clicking here
The new format of our website makes it more accessible to multi-purpose and mobile computing devices, including laptops, smart phones and Kindles. Now, the website can be reached by clicking here.
The front page on a pc of the website, as shown here, gives on-line access to a considerable amount of information about the Parish of Winscombe and Sandford and the activities of your Parish Council.
On multi-purpose and mobile computing devices the display is more linear.
|WiNSpace: An update on the future of your Community Centre |
The Winscombe Community Centre Trustees have been considering developing the Centre to create a modern venue for the Parish, so providing a hub for the whole community. Much has been going on over the last year to progress this project and we now need to get your views at an open meeting.
During 2018 we submitted to NSC a Pre-planning advice document to facilitate a conversation with one of their senior planners, whilst in parallel exploring all the major funding routes available to support a robust business plan for such an exciting venture. This has raised two key issues: the lottery (which we had hoped would be a major funder) is currently not supporting community building projects; and feedback from North Somerset Council planners have identified further issues of concern.
The Trustees consider that doing nothing is not an option and seek to provide facilities suitable for the Parish for the next 40 years. However, we do need other options in terms of build design, location and funding and are now working to bring everything together. An open meeting is planned for Thursday 28th March - 7.30pm in the Winscombe Community Centre. All are invited.
|The Winscombe Contact Scheme (WCS) |
The Winscombe Contact Scheme (WCS) is a "good neighbour" organisation which provides transport to medical appointments for residents who are unable to use public transport or for whom transport is not available. This facility is for Winscombe residents or patients of Winscombe (Hillyfields) Surgery. For the website click here (See on this website, 3.1 Transport to Medical Appointments). Transport is also provided for residents who wish to attend the Wednesday Luncheon Club at the Community. A resident can request transport by contacting the Transport Co-ordinator (TC) by phone 07888 812398 or completing the form on the scheme's web site.
We arrange transport within a 30 mile radius and the Transport Co-ordinator will arrange a driver who is DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked. The drivers and their vehicles are fully insured.
Once transport has been arranged with the driver, the TC will contact the passenger with all the necessary details. The driver will arrive at the passenger's home at the time arranged, transport them to their appointment and will make arrangements with the passenger for their return journey home. A donation is requested for these journeys, details of which can be found on the Winscombe and Sandford website, click here
We are a volunteer organisation and are indebted to all our volunteers but are are always looking for additional volunteers to join us and help in any way possible. More volunteers help to spread the workload which benefits our community. If interested please contact our Secretary Carol Greaves on 01934 843777 click here
|Winscombe Youth Club |
The Youth Club has had a resurgence and we now have over 20 members. We have had a busy time since September and as well as activities such as table tennis, snooker and games, we have had other events, We carved pumpkins and played games for Halloween, we have had a night hike and played 'man-hunt' and we are visiting the Tobacco Factory theatre in Bristol to see a performance of 'The Borrowers'.
The club is for young people from school year 6 to year 11 and is on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm in a Community Centre annex. Come along and see us on a Thursday or for more information ring 01934 842214 or 01934 843466.
As well as new members we are always looking for volunteers to help run the club.
| A Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) for Sandford. |
At the moment, there are no sports facilities in Sandford, apart from the Winnowing End play area. The Strongvox housing development in Sandford has space for a junior primary school playing pitch. Once the drainage problems have been sorted out, the pitch may be made available for public use during out-of-school hours. It is suggested that having a free-to-use hard-surfaced MUGA there makes better sense, not only being better use of the space available for the school but also for a wider range of people and interests.
The Parish Council is considering this installation but it will cost more than just putting in proper drainage and surfacing the pitch. However, there is funding available through the Parish Council and other sources, but only if the School, North Somerset Council and the Parish Council can agree.
If you support the idea, for turning the Strongvox junior playing pitch in Sandford (Planning Reference 15/P/0583/O) into a MUGA for school and public use please tell the Parish Council.
|Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change. |
We were warned last year by an intergovernmental IPCC Report - click here that we have just twelve years to slow down drastically climate change before the damage is irreversible. Our grandchildren's future depends on doing so. Reducing carbon emissions is a major priority for many of us.
Our parish has successfully stepped up to the challenge to reduce, recycle, and reuse by supporting: shared transport through the community minibus; 'grow local, buy local' with our allotments; the Thursday market; our Christmas shopping event and encouraging the Repair Cafe. This year will see major improvements to the public conveniences that will support our Strawberry Line walkers and cyclists, with the hopes for the addition of some form of drinking water fountain that reduces the single-use of plastic bottles.
It has been suggested that we could each make a difference this year by better insulating our homes and businesses, installing solar panels and other sources of green energy, walking and cycling more and, perhaps, considering carefully what we eat. So, we all really need to increase our efforts and rise to the challenge.
|Two Noteworthy Structures. |
Two of our four 'railway bridges' have undergone a 'spring clean'. Woodborough Road Bridge (1869) and the Lynch Bridge are no longer covered by a mass of damaging greenery and have been returned to their former glory.
The work was completed by the Strawberry Line Volunteers and these are only two of the many tasks that they have worked at - they are very busy parishioners!
|Parish Council Meetings. Held in Winscombe Community Centre,|
Starting at 7.30pm (unless shown differently below).
|Committee / Group||March||April||May|
|Full Parish Council||25th Sidcot Arts Centre||29th Sandford Vill. Hall||13th Annual General meeting|
Sidcot Arts Centre
|Cemetery/Allotment||Ilex Lane Cemetery 4th 2.00 pm||No meeting ||No meeting|
|Employment/Finance/Policies||No Meeting ||15th||No meeting|
|Environment||11th||No meeting||No meeting|
|War Memorial Recreation Ground||No meeting||No meeting||No meeting|
To see a fascinating video about Winscombe,
produced by Heather Pitch
- Click Here .
Parish Office in Sandford Road
List of some Parish Services
links to some North Somerset Council Services
Our thirty-one allotments in Sandford Road are so popular that there is a short waiting list.
Our Public Lavatory- Woodborough Road - cleaning and maintenance
Access off Quarry Road -
attractive walks with places to sit and view -restoration and preservation.
Parish Guide (available from the parish office), Heritage Walks, Map of Winscombe footpaths - Click Here
For the first of four walks - Click Here
|Supporting Sidcot School's presentation and care of Belgian Avenue - the line of trees adjacent to Fountain Lane in Sidcot. ||Remembrance Day |
Representation and wreath presentation.
|Maintenance and drainage at Winscombe Recreation Groundt|Reporting road/street problems - you can help by reporting the problem (e.g. pot h oles, pavement prolems) and you can do so if you Click Here
|Bus shelters - installation and maintenance ||Scarecrows - we occasionally run a 'scarecrow extravaganza'. |
Click Here to see some examples of the over 250 on displayed in 2015 - and a Youtube presentation.
|Cemetery -well maintained, peaceful position - just off 'Strawberry Line'.||Skate Park at the Recreation Ground Winscombe - inspection, maintenance and upgrading.|
Connections with North Somerset
-Street Cleansing. You can help by reporting the problem (e.g. dog mess, litter, dead animals). Click Here
|Small Grants - to various organisations. For organisations for worthwhile activities - contact our parish clerk, Lynne Rampton, for details . |
. Local action team including Community Speed Watch - Why not join in?
|Spring and summer flower displays - |
Flowers and plants in tubs throughout the Parish.
|Connections with North Somerset - help line Click Here||Ever more street bins into which you can now put dog faeces.|
|Report various faults to highway and gullys to North Somerset Council - Click Here -and so report whatever is your concern. ||Sports Ground and Changing Rooms at The Recreation Ground for Cricket, Soccer, Rugby Football, Skateboard and Roller Blading|
|Fourteen benches -placed throughout the parish so sit and think and even commemorate.||Strawberry Line|
- contribution towards its maintenance
|Grass cutting on parish land and on Winscombe Recreation Ground||Street Parking- includes arranging the emptying of street waste bins, through North Somerset Council- Click Here - and employs several village orderlies. |
|Bins and recycling - including various topics with collection dates. |
|Comments/advice would be welcome|
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