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logo2-50648.jpg                          Winscombe and Sandford
                                  Parish Council
                                             The Occasional
                                      Newsletter 23
                                                Email Edition

                                              September  2017

Hopefully this Newsletter will enable you to:
  •  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
occasimage.jpgWe 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, (winscombepc@btconnect.com) or by clicking here;   
  • writing to Lynne Rampton, our Parish Clerk;
  • visiting our website on  www.winscombeandsandfordpc.org.uk  


By  clicking  here you can gain access to our website: comments would be appreciated.


The following has been received from North Somerset Council (NSC) regarding
                        problems with flooding in the Parish.
Work Programmed for 2017/8
Data collection
   To establish culvert alignments (CCTV) upstream & downstream  extents  (complete).                                                       Watercourse & culvert survey (complete).
    Surface water management plan scopingfloodsn.jpg stage data review
    Hotspot identification
    Prioritisation of investigation work
    Topographic survey
    Initial options appraisal 
    Stakeholder consultation
………following 2017/18 works
     Hydraulic / surface water modelling as required
     Detailed options appraisal and feasibility
     Design phase
     Pre-construction work
     Complete flood alleviation work

     Whilst the above work is being undertaken, it would be helpful  if residents could report any blocked drains/gullies direct to NSC via their web site by clicking here. 
     Also should any flooding occur, photos showing the flooding together with the depth, date and time taken would be really useful information. These can be delivered or emailed to the Parish Office, as above, for forwarding to NSC.

Great News from WiNSpace

    winspacebetter-56864.jpg    WiNSpace is progressing really well and we have had lots of very positive feedback and ideas from the community on what you would like to see in a new Parish community hub.
          We are now actively seeking funding grants and have already identified funding, approaching one million pounds.
        There is lots to do and there is a group in place managing the project. We have identified some specific opportunities where more people can get involved and make an impact on what is happening:
      Grant applications and research                 Secretarial/organisational support
      Communication materials and planning     Project management
                                                Financial accounting
      Support for all these voluntary roles would be provided and your available time-commitment (however limited) respected.
      We will have a stand at the Michaelmas Fair to talk about this once in a generation project and what it can mean for the Parish of Winscombe and Sandford.
      We want this to be more than a village hall: a place that will attract new and wider activities across the age spectrum and be self-supporting. Ideas have included: specialist facilities for the arts such as an exhibition space, amateur dramatics and dance, and even workshop spaces that might attract business revenue;  specialist youth hub, with facilities for toddlers through to teens; a place for special celebrations whether a large family gathering or a wedding; and a friendly drop in area to be open day and evening to meet.  Keep those ideas coming as this can be something really special.
      Contact any of the following if you want to get involved - all 01934
             James Barattini  843347      Carolyn Glaisyer  843112         Mike Turner  842354

Forward Looking Proposals at the Recreation Ground
       footballsn-82944.jpgYou may have seen the recent Press article regarding the proposals to develop the Recreation Ground Sports & Social facilities.  As presented at the recent Parish Council meeting these are only proposals put forward by the Winscombe Sports Development Group.  If you would like to know more have a look at their Facebook page and join the open group.  There are already 515 members.  If you don't have access to Facebook (Winscombe Sports, Social and Community Club) look out for future meetings, which will be advertised, when available,  on the Parish notice boards and on the Cricket Club notice boards.  The Development Group would welcome your input.  This is still at the early stages of developing a proposal, so your views are valued.  


Christmas late night shopping Tuesday 5th December 2017.
Woodborough Road will be closed for this event,  with Father Christmas arriving in Winscombe at 6pm.xmas-54343.jpg
           Would your club be prepared to provide at least ten marshals for this event's road closure marshalling? The four barriers will be near the junctions of Woodborough Road with Nippors Way, Hillyfields Way, The Green and Sandford Road.
       This request is open to any club or society within the parish that has its own insurance and can complete the following.
1.   Provide ten marshals to act at the road closure barriers on this evening from
      5.45 to 9.00pm, so ensuring that no traffic enters the closed off sections.
2.   Provide marshals ( with a minimum age of 16 years) with at least four aged 21 
       and over to marshal the four barriers.
3.   Ensure that the club has at least one member with a traffic parking licence.
4.   Ensure that each marshal has and wears a Hi Viz jacket.
5.   Provide polite but firm action when refusing entry.
6.   Attend promptly by 5.45 on this evening for a briefing and barrier allocation.
Prior experience of traffic marshalling, while a benefit, is not essential.  If your club is interested, please tell the Parish Council Office by 1st November. The club providing the marshals will receive a donation of £250.

Repair Cafe
plate-55018.jpg                                    Lynch Chapel, The Lynch, Winscombe.
                                           Third Saturday of every month (except August).
                                                              10.30am - 1.00pm
      We provide free help to make a repair.
Everyone from  the parish of Winscombe and Sandford and surrounding villages are welcome to attend. 
repaircafe-4729-22824.jpg    Bring your broken items... bicycles, toys, lamps, radios, irons and other small electrical or mechanical items, crockery, small pieces of furniture and clothing. 
     Skilled volunteers will provide free help to make a repair. 

     Tea, coffee and home made cakes are also available.       
  Website: click here.                Facebook: click here                


Changes at Winscombe Library 
       The opening hours at most North Somerset libraries, including Winscombe Library, changed on 3 July as part of the area-wide Community Access Review. The new opening hours at Winscombe are now 
                                      Tuesday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 5pm
                                      Thursday 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 5pm (open 9.30am Thurs.during school holidays) 
               Saturdays 9.30am to 1pm 
       Opening hours will be extended at Winscombe Library later this year as new technology called Open+ is installed.
library-59628.jpgThis will provide a self-service swipe card access system to enable access to the library during times when the library might normally be closed. The Community Access Review focusses on the area's children's centres and libraries and further information is available at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/car 
    Also,  reserving an item from any North Somerset library or any items available within LibrariesWest will now be free
for one year. This will extend the range of items available to library members. Library members can reserve items for collection at a library of their choice from www.librarieswest.org.uk or by asking a member of staff. Charges will still apply to drama, music and reading group sets, as well as items not available within LibrariesWest. 
    This year's Summer Reading Challenge Animal Agents for children aged four to 11 will continue to run until Saturday 9 September. Parents or carers can take their children to the library to sign up. Children will receive their collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey as they read at least six library books over three visits to the library over the summer. Every child who reads six books and completes the challenge by Saturday 9 September receives a certificate and medal, and will be entered into a draw to win tickets for selected films at the Curzon, Clevedon. 


Parish Council Meetings.  Held in Winscombe Community Centre
Starting at 7.30pm (unless shown differently below).
Committee  /  GroupSeptemberOctoberNovember
Full Parish Council25th
Sidcot Arts Centre
Sandford Village all
Sandford Village Hall
Cemetery/AllotmentNo MeetingNo meetingNo meeting
Employment/Finance/PoliciesNo meetingNo meeting6th
EnvironmentNo meeting2ndNo meeting
War Memorial Recreation GroundNo meeting30thNo meeting



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
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 Ground
Reporting road/street problems   you can help by reporting the problem (e.g. pot holes, pavement problems) and you can do so if you Click Here
Bus shelters - installation and maintenanceScarecrows 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 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 to 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. 
Neighbourhood Development  Plan  - is being developed in partnership with the local community, businesses and partners - for details - Click HereBins and recycling  - including various topics including collection dates  Click Here 


Further Links
You can link to other sections of your Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council website
by clicking on any of the following:

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        Sometime in the future we hope to deliver this newsletter mainly by email.  In the meanwhile we have found a company which will deliver hard copies of the Occasional to a proportion of the houses in the Parish.  To the remainder we continue, with the help of the scouts,  to attempt to deliver by hand.
        To speed up this process of converting nearly entirely all parishioners to email delivery, tell your friends to join up for an email delivery by using the following link. 
Click Here  - to sign them up  for this email version


Comments/advice would be welcome
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