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Reminder: Walk-up sports rate to hire Freshford Hall

posted 8 Dec 2017, 05:45 by Parish Council Communications

With the forthcoming Christmas Holidays, please remember the walk-up rate of £5 an hour for hiring Freshford Memorial Hall for badminton or table tennis. The walk-up rate is applicable any time the Hall is unoccupied and the Galleries Shop is open to collect the key, and pay the hire charge. 

You must first check the Hall availability online at http://www.freshfordvillage hall.co.uk/what-s-on.

If the Hall is free you can borrow the key from the Galleries during shop opening times with payment in cash only. A basic set of 4 badminton racquets, shuttlecocks, 2 table tennis racquets, table tennis balls, and nets are available to borrow from the Galleries on payment of a £10 returnable deposit. The maximum walk-up hire period is 2 hours. Young people aged 14 and above are able to use the Hall unaccompanied by an adult for the purposes of badminton and table tennis only. 

All advance bookings will continue to be charged at the normal hourly rate, and take  priority over any walk-up bookings. Please do take advantage of the Hall – it makes a great place to entertain children on a rainy day!

Have your say on draft recommendation ward boundaries for B&NES

posted 6 Dec 2017, 06:15 by Parish Council Communications

With thanks to our ward councillor Neil Butters, and apologies for the formatting of the forwarded information, here are the draft proposals from the Local Government Boundary Commission for Bath & NE Somerset. These are open to comment until 19th February 2018.
Under these proposals, the Bathavon South Ward is to be split into two -

New Bathavon East Ward
This would comprise the parishes of South Stoke and Monkton Combe from the existing Bathavon South, plus Claverton and Bathampton from the current Bathavon North.

Reshaped Bathavon South Ward
This would comprise the remaining parishes of the existing Bathavon South: Freshford, Hinton Charterhouse, Wellow and Shoscombe; plus Combe Hay, Dunkerton & Tunley, Englishcombe, and Priston from the current Bathavon West.
The current Bathavon West Ward would cease to exist.
The current Bathavon North Ward would be reduced in size, and represented by only two councillors instead of the existing three.
The new arrangements are scheduled to take effect from May 2019.

Freshford Parish Council discussed these proposals and a contribution to the consultation was submitted in the name of Cllr Nick Stevens.

Have your say

A consultation on draft recommendations​ for ward boundaries in Bath and North East Somerset has begun ​

On 5 December 2017, we published draft recommendations for new wards, ward boundaries, and ward names for Bath and North East Somerset. We are now inviting comments on those recommendations. 
The consultation closes on 19 February 2018.
If you represent a local organisation or community group in Bath and North East Somerset, please pass this message on to your members or anyone you think might be interested in the review. You can share the message by email or through social media by using the buttons at the bottom right of the page.

Have your say

You can take part in the consultation by clicking the button at the top of this message or through our interactive consultation portal.
Our website includes further information about the Commission and the review.
We encourage everyone who has a view on the draft recommendations to contact us, whether you support them or whether you wish to propose alternative arrangements.
Before finalising the recommendations, the Commission will consider every representation received during consultation, whether it is submitted by an individual, a local group or an organisation. We will weigh each submission against the legal criteria the Commission must follow when drawing up electoral arrangements:
  • to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across Bath and North East Somerset;
  • that the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities;
  • that the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
It is important that you take account of the criteria if you are suggesting an alternative pattern of wards. You can find additional guidance and information about previous electoral reviews on our website to help you or your organisation make a submission.
 Parish and Town Councils with electoral and boundary changes:
Get in touch
The Commission welcomes comments on the recommendations report by 19 February 2018. Representations should be made:
- Through our interactive consultation portal, where you can explore the maps of the recommendations, draw your own boundaries and make comments;
- By email to reviews@lgbce.org.uk;
Or in writing to Review Officer (Bath and North East Somerset), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

Freshford Pre-School Christmas Raffle

posted 6 Dec 2017, 06:13 by Parish Council Communications

Tickets are on sale for the Freshford Pre-School Christmas Raffle at The Galleries Shop over the next week and all proceeds go to Freshford Pre-School. The Pre-School are currently raising funds to replace the deteriorating hazel tunnel in the Pre-School Garden. The Christmas Raffle is a big part of our fundraising and we have a great list of prizes. The draw will take place at the Christmas Nativity on Thursday 14th December 2017 and raffle prize winners will be contacted shortly afterwards. Please support us if you can.  

Freshford Singers Annual Concert

posted 26 Nov 2017, 08:29 by Parish Council Communications

Freshford Singers, with conductor Bernard Wight, will be presenting their annual programme of seasonal music and carols, including medieval, traditional and exciting new works.

Saturday 2 December, 11am in St Peter's Church, Freshford

Free Admission. Retiring collection to support the church.

Limpley Stoke and Freshford Transport Link AGM - 30th November

posted 25 Nov 2017, 01:37 by Parish Council Communications

Limpley Stoke and Freshford Transport Link

Notice of Annual General Meeting 
Thursday 30th November at 4 o’clock in The Old Bakery, Freshford

Reports on the health of the organisation 
accompanied by tea, coffee, wine and Christmas nibbles

Everyone is very welcome to attend

The Limpley Stoke & Freshford Transport Link is in good shape and continues to provide a vital service to everyone in the two villages who would otherwise find it difficult, inconvenient or just impossible to get to appointments or visit friends.  There is a good bus and train service but for many people and for many reasons these are not always suitable.  This where Link can help.

Link has a corps of volunteer drivers and a small team of people who bring drivers and passengers together.  If you are in need of help and can give two days’ notice just ring 07714 169216 where one of the coordinators will do their best to enable you to make that trip.

If you would like to be a volunteer driver and would be prepared to make up to two or three journeys a month then please do get in touch at the same number, 07714 169216.  We can never have too many drivers. Your expenses are reimbursed - and it can also be very satisfying.

Whether you are already a volunteer driver, are a regular or irregular passenger or just curious about what we do and how you might become involved please do feel free to come along and meet us at the AGM in the Old Bakery at 4pm on Thursday 30th November. 

Freshford Station platform works - updated timetable

posted 22 Nov 2017, 06:28 by Parish Council Communications

Since the Autumn edition of The Freshford Bulletin went to press, Network Rail has provided updated information about the planned works at Freshford Station.

The main objective is to extend both platforms in length to allow up to 5 car trains to call at Freshford. At the same time the lighting will be upgraded and tactile pavements installed on the platforms. 

Although these are fairly major works (and a reassuringly significant vote of confidence in the future of Freshford Station) we are assured that there will be relatively little disruption for residents.
  • Access for the works team will be via the lane alongside Fairclose Farmhouse, so Station Road will be unaffected.
  • The platform works use new technology that does not require pile-driving and should be reasonably quiet.
  • The work will be done at night but lighting will be angled inwards towards the works.
  • The train service will continue to operate as usual and the station will remain open during normal operating hours.

The newly advised timetable is:
  • Site set up and preparation works: 15 January 2018 – 26 January 2018
  • Existing platform works: 27 January 2018 – 24 March 2018
  • Platforms 1 & 2 Extension works: 27 January 2018 – 25 March 2018
  • Works finish and leave site: 31 March 2018 
Residents may be interested in a brief presentation about the works from Network Rail which can be viewed on the village website here - http://www.freshfordvillage.com/transport-1.  While there, you might like to be reminded of the good old days by clicking on the next item down - a film narrated by John Betjeman which includes several minutes (after roughly 17 minutes) about Freshford Station.

Temporary closure of Church Lane, Limpley Stoke/Freshford, from 8th January 2018

posted 22 Nov 2017, 06:26 by Parish Council Communications

Wiltshire Council

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Closure of: Church Lane (Part), Limpley Stoke (Ref: TTRO 5089)

Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic: Church Lane (Part), Limpley Stoke; from a point approximately 100m south-east of its junction with A36 Warminster Road for a distance of approximately 80m in a south-easterly direction. To enable: Moon Developments Ltd to undertake connection service works.

Alternative route: via Church Lane (unaffected length) – A36 Warminster Road – B3108 – Lower Stoke – Crowe Hill and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order will come into operation on 08 January 2018 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required until 19 January 2018. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated

duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the

works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Stephen Wilmot (Moon Developments Ltd) on 01179 733284.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

Temporary closure of Rosemary Lane, on or after 18th December

posted 22 Nov 2017, 01:47 by Parish Council Communications

Notice is given that Bath and North East Somerset Council in exercise of its powers under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 intends to make an order the effect of which will be to temporarily introduce a road closure in that length of Rosemary Lane, Bath extending from outside Dunkirk Mill Cottage to 1 Upper Mount Pleasant.

This order is required because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the road to facilitate the repair of a Pipe Relay Valve in the carriageway
by Wessex Water and will be operative on 18th December 2017 for a maximum period of two weeks. The road will only be restricted as and when traffic signs are
in position and may not be effected for the whole of the period but only for so long as is necessary to execute the works. This is anticipated to be for a period of 3 days.
Rosemary Lane > Park Corner > Freshford Lane > High Street > The Hill > Staples Hill > Crabtree Lane > Rosemary Lane.
Applicant details: Brian Freegard – Wessex Water
Telephone details: 0345 600 4 600

Make your own Fabric Christmas Wreaths - Monday 27th November

posted 18 Nov 2017, 07:30 by Parish Council Communications

Please come and join us for a lovely Festive evening making Fabric Christmas Wreaths! No sewing experience needed - it's really easy! MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 7 - 9PM in the Freshford School Hall. ALL WELCOME. £20 a ticket which includes all materials, a glass of bubbly and nibbles….!

The event will help to raise funds for Freshford School PTA and the direct link to the ticket page is  https://mydonate.bt.com/events/freshfordwreath-making.

For more information email Lucy Hill on lucy@pdbas.com.

Bathavon South Forum meeting - Wednesday 15th November, Freshford

posted 13 Nov 2017, 23:02 by Parish Council Communications

There is a meeting in Freshford Memorial Hall on Wednesday evening including BANES and all Parish Councils in the Bathavon South area.

This is an open forum, and it is your chance to hear BANES plans, intentions and challenges ahead. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions of senior BANES officials on these topics as this is an open forum.

As part of the Bathavon South Forum BANES will be giving 2 key presentations:

  *  Council Financial Plans
  *  Libraries

Council Financial Plans

Bath and North East Somerset Council will attend the forum to present and interact with people around the challenges that the council faces. The discussions will be local and specific to the area; the council are keen to show the forums how the people attending are able to help.

The presentation will be from Councillor Charles Gerrish and David Trethewey.


Presentations are to cover

*                    How local community groups can become involved and do things differently.

*                    How capital funding for projects for community libraries will work and how funds can be drawn upon.

Please note that this item could be withdrawn, or change, as a result of the scrutiny panel meeting which takes place on 17 November 2017.

This presentation will be made by Ian Savigar.

Location:            Freshford Memorial Hall
Time:                    6.00pm - 8.00pm

There are also further agenda items covering:

*                    Police update

*                    Welcome to Freshford

*                    Minutes Agreement

*                    Community Empowerment Fund Update

*                    Update from the Parishes

*                    Future Agenda Items

Please feel free to come for as much or as little of the meeting as you wish.

John Adler

Freshford Parish Council
Chair Bathavon Forum

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