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Save The Date: Freshford and Limpley Stoke Fete, Saturday 9th June 2018

posted 13 Mar 2018, 03:20 by Parish Council Communications

Save The Date: Freshford and Limpley Stoke Fete

Saturday 9th June 2018

Raising funds for Freshford Village Memorial Hall (registered charity 1174158) 

Helpers needed: Would you like to get involved in running this popular village event, which supports the community hub for Freshford and Limpley Stoke? Volunteers to organise and run the Fete bar particularly needed, but any other offers of help very welcome. 

New Sponsors needed: Would your company be prepared to sponsor the Fete to cover our costs to ensure maximum fundraising income for  the Hall?

Contact Claudia Towner on management@ freshfordvillagehall.co.uk or 01225 723924 if you can help.

Fete Programme

1pm – Fete opened 

1pm onwards – Barbecue lunch available

1-1.45pm – Circus Skills Workshop 1

1.30-2.30pm – Music from the Terry Hill Band

2.30-3pm – Great Balls of Fire Circus Show

3.15-4.15pm – Music from the Terry Hill Band

3.45-4.30pm – Circus Skills Workshop 2

4.30pm – Tug of War competition

4.45pm – Raffle draw

Bouncy castle, giant inflatable slide, gladiator joust, animals, stalls and refreshments available all afternoon.

Advance Raffle tickets on sale from the Galleries from mid-May - £1 each

Message from Beckington Family Practice

posted 7 Mar 2018, 12:27 by Parish Council Communications

March 2018 – Temporary Closure of Freshford Surgery

We regret to inform patients that our Freshford surgery site is temporarily closed on safety grounds. Freshford Surgery has operated for many years from an old building in order to provide a convenient local service to patients at the northern end of our practice area.

Following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission, we requested a number of independent safety reports. These have identified multiple problems with the Freshford Surgery facilities in their present state, including with the fabric of the building. As a result we feel that we have no choice other than to suspend medical services from that site whilst we investigate possible remedial measures.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused as we do our best to establish whether we can continue to operate a medical facility at that site. In the meantime Freshford surgery sessions will transfer to our Beckington and Fromefield sites. Existing appointments at Freshford will be honoured or we will contact you to re-arrange your appointment at Beckington surgery or Fromefield surgery.

Drs. Beaven, Bruggers & Tippin

Road closure - Church Lane/Crowe Lane, from Monday 19th February

posted 2 Feb 2018, 08:09 by Parish Council Communications

Some residents will have received two letters from Wessex Water notifying them of works outside The Toll House, Crowe Lane. Confusingly, both letters relate to a single job.

This is what is happening (unless Wessex Water re-schedules the work).

Both Church Lane and Crowe Lane will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles for several days from 9am on Monday 19th February. The closure stretches from near Avenue Lodge on Crowe Lane to about 12m uphill from the junction with Church Lane and downhill as far as Dark Lane. Where possible, access for residents will be maintained but it may be restricted. Alternative routes will be clearly signposted.

The closure allows for up to 10 days but we understand that the work is likely to be completed within 4-5 days.

As part of this job, there will be nighttime working from 9pm on Tuesday 20th February which may continue through the night.

In addition, some households will temporarily have their water supply cut off. Affected households will receive a third letter from Wessex Water.

If you have any queries please address them to Wessex Water Customer Services on 0345 6004600.

Update on platform works at Freshford Station

posted 1 Feb 2018, 01:35 by Parish Council Communications

We previously advised residents that the work to extend the platforms at Freshford Station was due to start in late January, for completion by the end of March.

As it was clear that nothing has been happening we contacted Network Rail to find out where things have got to.

They apologise for not keeping us informed but say that there has been a delay “due to design delays”.

They have now advised a new schedule, see below.

Activity Name



Enabling Works



Install access trackway



Site Compound






Preparation works - embankment re-profile



Remove access ramps



New Platform Extension - Platform 1



New Platform Extension - Platform 2



Existing Platform Works - Platform 1



Existing Platform Works - Platform 2



Finishing Works



Easter Trail, Sunday 18th March 2-5pm

posted 30 Jan 2018, 09:30 by Parish Council Communications

Join us for Freshford Preschool's annual Easter Trail through the stunning Freshford countryside. Rivers, woodland, baby lambs and much more! 

Get a group of friends together and purchase a map for £3, starting and finishing at Freshford Primary School where there will be cakes and cream teas.

Beautiful route; wellies essential; dogs to be kept on a lead.
All proceeds go directly to Freshford Preschool!

Book now for Aladdin, 26th to 28th January

posted 15 Jan 2018, 03:27 by Parish Council Communications

Freshford Music and Drama Group present:

a pantomime

At Freshford Village Memorial Hall.

Friday 26th January at 7.30pm
Saturday 27th January at 7.30pm
Sunday 28th January at 2.30pm

Adults £10, Children £5

Tickets on sale at:
  • The Galleries Shop and Café
    • Daily from 15th January, 9.00am to 10.00am
  • Hinton Charterhouse Post Office
  • Or telephone Richard Blamey, 01225 720048

Join the rest and do the right thing with waste collection

posted 10 Jan 2018, 10:31 by Parish Council Communications

Efforts to help Bath and North East Somerset householders to reduce rubbish and recycle more are being stepped up to deter unnecessary additional black bags being left out by some households.
Figures show, on average, a phenomenal 51 tonnes per day more recycling was collected during the Christmas period than over the same time last year.
Thousands of households have got on board with the new service. However some properties are still putting out extra waste bags with their black bins.
From Monday 15th January, Bath & North East Somerset Council won’t collect the excess rubbish placed next to black bins and any properties which continue to put out excess rubbish may even be fined. Fines could be as much as £60.
The council has already helped advise a number of households who were unsure about what they can recycle, and is reminding everyone that there are no limits to the amount of recycling households can put out for their weekly collection and if extra green boxes, blue bags or food waste bins are needed they can be ordered.
The council is also reminding residents general rubbish should all fit inside the wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag provided by the council and that the lid should be down to avoid birds and animals getting into the bin.
To order extra recycling containers go online www.bathnes.gov.uk/orderacontainer or Council Connect, councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk 01225 39 40 41.  Containers can also be picked up from the recycling centres and the One Stop Shops at Keynsham and Midsomer Norton.  Recycling can go in alternative containers while households wait for containers to arrive.
Anyone who is concerned about producing excess rubbish can find out more about what can and can’t be recycled at www.bathnes.gov.uk/wasteservicesand the Recycle for Bathnes Facebook page www.facebook.com/recycleforbathnes which is full of useful and unusual tips and advice on recycling and reducing waste. Residents can also take any excess rubbish to one of the council’s three recycling centres.
Residents who are concerned about keeping their neighbourhood clean and tidy may be interested in Bath & North East Somerset Council’s information pack for residents called ‘Friends of our Street’ which can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/friendsofourstreet.

Health and Well-being talk - Wednesday 17th January 8pm, Freshford Memorial Hall

posted 8 Jan 2018, 00:33 by Parish Council Communications

Freshford School and Pre-school are hosting a talk by local GP Dr Campbell Murdoch about health, well-being and diet for children and families. Dr Campbell Murdoch is a Somerset-based GP who is passionate about the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases through lifestyle interventions. In particular, he has led the way in reversing type 2 diabetes in his patients through dietary changes – something he was taught was unachievable during his medical training.

The talk will include:
  • an overview of the Human 5 model of health and well-being.
  • an explanation of some of the myths about what a healthy diet is.
  • ideas to empower individuals and our community to make a difference to the food environment created for our children.
  • opportunities for questions and discussion.

To understand more about the importance of teaching our children healthy habits from an early age, we encourage all parents and carers to attend. 

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

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