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                                 The Occasional
                            Newsletter 30                  
                                            Email Edition

                                             June 2019

Hopefully this Newsletter will enable you to:
  •  find out what your Parish Council is doing and planning to do;  occasimage.jpg
  •  tell us what needs  doing; 
  •  find information about the parish; 
  •  contact North Somerset Council - 01934 888 888
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:
  • calling at the Parish Office, Community Centre Building, BS25 1JA, (opening times: Monday and Thursday: 10am to noon);  
  • telephoning - 01934 844257, 
  • emailing -  clerk@winscombeandsandford-pc.gov.uk 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.


Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council  - Election of Councillors

       election-52655.jpgBy now you will have realised that only fourteen parishioners came forward to become councillors, and that these were elected without a vote.  Further details of these fourteen parishioners may be found on the parish council website - by clicking here.
       One  of the early tasks facing this new Parish Council was to co-opt an additional    councillor. This has now been completed and the recently co-opted member is M/s Lynne Stephens.  

Parish Precept 
            precept.jpgMost people are familiar with local taxation in the form of Council Tax, but would not necessarily be so aware of 'The Precept'.  This is a charge levied by each Town & Parish Council. It is  collected from each household in the overall Council Tax Bill issued by North Somerset Council each year. The amount that you pay is passed onto the Parish Council and is shown separately on the front of your Council Tax Bill.
       The amount collected from each household depends upon the valuation band of the property. For example, if the home in which you live has been placed into a band D category in this parish you will pay an annual amount of £70.25 (or £1.35 per week) to the Parish Council during 2019/20.
       So where is your money being spent?  You may not be aware that the Parish Council owns a number of areas of land around the parish including the Winscombe Recreation Ground, Sandford Winnowing End Play Area,  the Cemetery and Allotments at Ilex Lane, Woodborough Road Public Conveniences and The Award Land (accessed off Quarry Road). These areas are all open to the public free of charge and the Parish Council endeavours to maintain and improve all these areas for your enjoyment. Recently new play equipment was added to the Sandford Play Area and we shortly hope to add to the equipment in Winscombe Recreation Ground.   A portable vehicle activated sign has been purchased that you may have seen being moved around the parish. In 2019/20 the public toilets will be refurbished and we will continue to provide some street lighting in areas that would otherwise not be lit. Significant improvements have been made to the cemetery.
      There are obviously numerous other areas where your money is spent that we do not have space to include in this article but if you would like more information, or wish to examine Parish Council accounts in more detail, or to learn about our Audit procedures and requirements, please contact Lynne, the Parish Clerk. 

John Westlake:   fifty-five years a parish councillor 
       John-82235-Westlake.jpgBorn in Sandford in 1929, John was voted onto the Parish Council at the age of thirty-five.  In 1984 he became chairman and remained so for fourteen years.  For part of this time he was also Sandford  School's Chairman of Governors.   While  Parish Council chairman many major improvements took place that were either instigated or supported by the council. The following is just a small sample.     After a new primary school  was built in Moorham Road, the former school in Sandford Road  became available for development.  A group of parishioners raised a significant amount  of money for this to take place.  John, as Parish Council chairman,  signed the deeds for the buildings to be taken over and the result was our present Community Centre.
      The Award Land, on the South side of Sandford Hill, had been presented to the parish in 1799 as a place to collect stones to repair roads. In 1995 this was designated as an Important 'Geological Wild Life Park'. From the start John has chaired the council's group that ensures that this facility is safe, developing and open to the public.       
      From 1998-2002 John was a Trustee for the Winscombe and Sandford Millennium Green Trust,  which led ultimately to the construction and continued  maintenance of the village Millennium Green. 
       Parishioners should continue to feel grateful  for his tireless efforts. 

Luncheon Club
           Do you live alone?  Would you like company once a week:and a freshly cooked two-course meal followed by coffee/tea?lunchclub.jpg
The Winscombe Luncheon Club could be the answer. Every Wednesday at 12.30pm a team of volunteers cook and serve dinners to about 30 elderly people in the Community Centre. How much does it cost you may ask? Just £4.00 per week!
            Interested - please phone Mo Matthews on 01934 843729 to book a place,  we will make you very welcome.                                                    

Free 40th Festival -Sunday 7 July  @Winscombe Community Centre
         festival2.jpgJoin us to celebrate 40 years of the Winscombe Community Centre opening. As a THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has supported us over this time, and the great community that the Parish of Winscombe and Sandford is, we are holding a FREE party in our field from 2pm to 6pm on the 7July. Save the date and tell your friends and neighbours. It is open to all residents in the Parish. Plans are in the making but we will have:
       ? Bar and Live professional band with music from the 1980s onwards  
       ? Children's entertainer
       ? Past, Present and Future exhibition of the WCA 
       ? Other entertainment, to be arranged 
Just bring your picnic, sun/rain shelters and camping chairs or rugs to enjoy this special one-off event!  More details will become available on the WCA website as plans progress:http://www.winscombeca.org.uk       

The Churchill and Langford Minibus Society 
       churchillbus.jpgThe Churchill and Langford Minibus Society has two minibuses that provide Community transport for all the residents living in the Sandford and Winscombe Parish who join the Society. The Parish Council support the Society and the benefits it brings to those who use the minibuses.
        During the week the minibus provides scheduled trips to shops, banks, opticians etc in Weston and other towns in North Somerset, Bristol and Bath. In addition the members of the Society benefit from a whole range of unscheduled trips to the coast, pub. lunches, cinema, theatre and lots more. In 2018 the Society ran over 50 unscheduled trips.
         Both minibuses are in great demand and the Society urgently needs to find lots more volunteer drivers in order that we can meet all the transport requests.
         If you are able to provide some time each month  or every other month then please contact the Chairman, Malcolm Letts, to discuss becoming a driver or organiser on 01934 852314 or for further details regarding using the minibuses contact the Booking Secretary Laura Batt on 01934 863679.

 Parish Flower Tubs and Troughs
      flower-pot-(Small).jpgThe Parish Council enriches our village with colour throughout the year by planting flower tubs and troughs with winter and summer plants. This is achieved by a team of volunteers. Each volunteer has the responsibility for a particular tub/trough for planting, or watering, or both,  or just assisting.                        
        We are always looking for help so if you feel creative and want to make your mark,  please let us know by contacting  Lynne, our Parish Clerk,  for further details.  

 Increasing awareness of Dementia
     The Parish Council is supporting a Dementia Friend Champion, John Wilson,  in tackling the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia.. A free 'Dementia Friends' information  session is to be held on 15th July at 7.30 p.m. in the Community Centre. It will last about 1½ hours,  with time afterwards  for a chat, with tea/coffee and biscuits.  All are welcome so do come along.  
Citizens Advice
       citizens-advice.jpgWe give advice on a wide range of issues, including: employment, family and relationships, paying your council tax, paying your water bill, managing other debts, consumer issues, housing benefits, discrimination, universal credit and budgeting.We can help you at the Winscombe Community Centre alternate  Tuesdays, 9.30am - 12.30pm.
      To book an appointment contact the Parish Council Office  by telephone: 01934 844257,  by email:  clerk@winscombeandsandford-pc.gov.uk   
Additional Sunday Bus Service 
       first-68829-bristol.jpgA 126  bus service will be operated by First Bristol, Bath & the West  on Sundays between Weston-super-Mare - Locking - Winscombe - Axbridge - Cheddar - Wells from 31st May to 3rd  November 2019.    

Ultrafast Broadband for Winscombe and Sandford  
         truespeed-15973.jpgAt the March Parish Council meeting, a  representative from Truespeed,  a privately owned company,  outlined the availability of ultra-fast and reliable broadband. Truespeed provides an independent network and claims a guaranteed minimum 200Mbps download speed and an upload speed 24/7.       
          The company is now partially 'live' in Churchill and Sandford, but as a demand-led company, it will need a 30% sign-up commitment to an 18-month contract from homes in Winscombe to bring ultra-fast broadband to the remainder of the parish.     
    Further details are described on their website and the Community Engagement Manager can be contacted on amoore@truespeed.com  

Axbridge and Cheddar Valley Sea Cadets.   

             Axbridge and Cheddar Valley Sea Cadets (Training Ship Goathland) are going from strength to strength.   We now have over 30goatland.jpg cadets in the senior and junior sections and they are enjoying a full and varied training programme.   Our cadets are achieving a very impressive range of qualifications, especially afloat, with virtually every cadet qualifying for at least one (usually several) of a range of water-borne activities; sailing, rowing, power boating and wind surfing.   Apart from the core syllabus, which includes subjects such as seamanship, drill and first aid, we have cadets qualifying for the Duke of Edinburgh awards and attending specialist courses on a range of subjects such as mechanical engineering, meteorology, food preparation and service and that is just to name a few.
            We also have cadets booked on to trips on the larger vessels in the Sea Cadets' fleet such as the tall ship, TS Royalist (picture), and the power boat, TS Jack Petchey.   During these trips the cadets will enjoy an amazing experience and gain useful qualifications including navigation and watch keeping.   Every cadet I have spoken to who has spent time on TS Royalist has described it as "a life-changing experience".
             Sea cadet units are run by volunteers and aim to give young people a lot of fun and a good outlook on life based on the traditions of the Royal Navy.   We do not exist to recruit for the Royal Navy but all the young people who enjoy their time as Sea Cadets have a great deal to offer when they leave school.
             Due to our success we urgently need more staff to help run the unit – can you help?  Because of our shortage of staff we have been obliged temporarily to reduce our training programme.   Obviously we have uniformed volunteers but if that doesn't appeal you could be a civilian instructor if you would like to pass on your own specialist skill or knowledge.  We also need volunteers to do the necessary background work.   Could you give us an hour or two each week to do some administration, drive our minibus or help with building maintenance?   There is so much to do and we desperately need your help to ensure our young cadets get the full experience we want to offer.   If you would like more information please email co.axbridgeseacadets@gmail.com or telephone me on 07979 994126.
Baz Hamblin, Chairman,
Unit Management Team
Axbridge and Cheddar Valley Sea Cadets
TS Goathland


Parish Council Meetings.  Held in Winscombe Community Centre,
Starting at 7.30pm (unless shown differently below).
Committee  /  GroupJuneJulyAug
Full Parish Council24th  22nd  No meeting
Cemetery/AllotmentIlex Lane Cemetery 3rd  2.00 pmNo meeting No meeting
Employment/Finance/PoliciesNo Meeting No meeting12th
EnvironmentNo meeting 1stNo meeting
Planning10th8th 5th
War Memorial Recreation Ground17thNo meetingNo meeting

     church-84020.jpg    To see a fascinating video about Winscombe,
   produced by Heather Pitch


- Click Here .  


Parish Business
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 LavatoryWoodborough Road - cleaning and maintenance
Award Land 
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 .  
Community Safety 
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 HereEver 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 GroundStreet 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.  


Further Links
You can link either to  your Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council website or to a list of councillors by clicking on one  of the following:
                                                        Click Here - Parish Council website

                                                        Click Here  -  Photographs and emails of all Councillors


Comments/advice would be welcome
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Any comments/advice about the colour, contents, style, etc. of your newsletter would be  valued. Councillor Gerald Lloyd is the editor and he would appreciate your views  through an email by clicking here 
or, if your system will not use this link, by  conventional email to 'lloyd@winscombeandsandfordpc.org.uk'.

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