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Friends Of Freshford Annual General Meeting CANCELLED

posted 5 Nov 2018, 11:22 by Parish Council Communications

We are very sorry to say that due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel this meeting which was due to take place this coming Thursday.  7.30 p.m. 8th November 

We are hope that Daniel and Tania Start who were to be our guest speakers will be able to come on a re-arranged date to be announced in due course.

We apologise for any inconvenience and for giving such short notice .

Nick Stevens

Chairman, Friends of Freshford Committee

NOTICE OF FLiSCA AGM 2018 : 7.30 pm 14th November Freshford Memorial Hall

posted 1 Nov 2018, 10:40 by Parish Council Communications

This year’s FLiSCA AGM is to take place at Freshford Memorial Hall on the above date.The Agenda will cover pictures of FLiSCA funded projects 2018 ; approval of the accounts and a briefing on our finances ; news about the Galleries ; information on how to apply for grants and election of the FLiSCA board for the new year . Beautiful food and wine from the Galleries will be served . 

Lee Newlyn 

Secretary of FLiSCA 

2018 Freshford Fireworks Show - Friday 9th November, Brown’s Field

posted 27 Oct 2018, 01:52 by Parish Council Communications

Book your tickets now for the 2018 Freshford Fireworks Show in aid of Freshford Primary School and Freshford Pre-School.

There will be spectacular fireworks plus music; samba drums; hotdogs, cakes & popcorn; beer cider and fruit juices; mulled wine and hot chocolate.

To reserve your tickets visit https://freshfordpta.wordpress.com and follow the links to the Fireworks Show.


posted 21 Oct 2018, 01:55 by Parish Council Communications



This lecture is generously co-funded and supported by FLiSCA

Wednesday 24th October 2018, 7.30pm

There are very few people on the planet who can legitimately claim that their entire career has been based on hot air.   Dr. Cameron will share his knowledge of the beginnings of this aeronautical pastime.  

Don Cameron started Cameron Balloons Ltd. Bristol from his basement flat in Bristol in 1971, moving on to some rooms in a disused church hall.  It is now housed in a 42000 sq. ft. factory in the centre of Bristol and is the world's largest manufacturer of hot-air balloons.    

He piloted the first major attempt at the transatlantic crossing, stopping one hundred miles short of the coast of France but still achieved the world record for a ninety six hour flight for which he was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society gold medal.  His adventuring spirit also led him to take the first hot air flight over the Swiss Alps and the very first flight from the UK, with his Russian co-pilot to the Soviet Union in 1990 shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall.   

Members free    Visitors £2.00     Everyone welcome

Temporary closure of part of Rosemary Lane on 22nd October 2018

posted 26 Sep 2018, 06:12 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 to the effect of which will be to temporarily introduce a road closure in that length of Rosemary Lane, Freshford from its junction with Sharpstone Lane to its point outside of Walnut Grove in a south easterly direction for a distance of approximately 110 metres. 
This order is required because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the road to facilitate gas reinforcement works by Wales and West utilities on 22nd October 2018 for a maximum period of 5 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 4 weeks.
Rosemary Lane – Park Corner – Freshford Lane – High Street – The Hill – Staples Hill – Rosemary Lane. Vice Versa
Applicant Details: Steve Wiltshire
Telephone: 0800 111 999

Freshford Memorial Hall Travel Plan questionnaire - please complete by 7th October

posted 26 Sep 2018, 06:10 by Parish Council Communications

As part of the proposed redevelopment of the Freshford Memorial Hall to include a Doctors' surgery extension, the Hall Development Group is required to produce a travel plan. This needs to take into account patterns of use of Freshford Memorial Hall car park, and propose ways to address demand for parking at peak times.

In order to gain a better understanding of the different ways in which people travel to the Hall car park, the reasons for their visit and the demands on parking it would be helpful if you could take a few minutes to answer this 
survey. It should take less than 5 minutes. If you are a parent of children at Freshford Primary or Pre-school please complete the alternative questionnaire which will be circulated to you separately. Please provide your response by Sunday 7th October.


Freshford Memorial Hall Travel Plan questionnaire - click here to complete


Thank you.

Freshford Surgery Update Meeting – Freshford Memorial Hall Wednesday 12th September 7.30pm

posted 11 Sep 2018, 02:54 by Parish Council Communications

Those of you who use the Beckington Family Practice will have received a letter outlining the current position of the Freshford Surgery. Having clarified the extent of the works needed to Younghusband House and in the knowledge that the building is fundamentally unsuitable to act as a modern surgery premises into the 21st century, the Beckington Family Practice have concluded that it is not practical or viable to reopen the old Freshford surgery. The Beckington Family Practice are therefore  applying to NHS England for their permission to formally close the surgery. 


The Memorial Hall Development Plan includes plans for a new surgery, as defined in the current Community Right to Build process that is in progress. Whilst the Practice has found themselves unable to continue using the current surgery building, this does not prevent the development of the Hall from proceeding.

One aspect that is extremely important is community support for a future Surgery in Freshford. This is a key indicator for the NHS when considering funding.


Evidence of Community support for the Surgery is being partly gained via a questionnaire that was provided with the letter from the Surgery. It would be very helpful if everyone provided written support for retaining a Surgery in the village whether you currently use the Beckington Family Practice or not. That support can be provided by completing the questionnaire, copies will be available at the Hall and the Galleries or by providing your written comments via the prescription drop point in The Galleries, or by email to the Practice Manager, Robert Slade on robert.slade1@nhs.net.


To help further understanding and to answer any questions, an open forum is being held by the Surgery at the Memorial Hall on Wednesday 12th September at 7.30pm.


This open forum is being fully supported by both the Memorial Hall and the Parish Council.


To understand more about the situation and hear directly from the Surgery please do come along to the meeting – especially if you have questions that you would like to raise.


Whilst these are difficult times, the question would seem to be more what can we, as a community, do to help retain the presence of a Surgery in Freshford. After all, this is not just a Freshford facility but a facility serving the wider community.


This is an opportunity to hear the facts, and also to move forwards. We are a community with a recent history of achieving success against massive odds – The Galleries – why should we not be successful in retaining a Surgery in the community?

New Clerk to Freshford Parish Council

posted 9 Sep 2018, 06:02 by Parish Council Communications

Freshford Parish Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorraine Montacute as its new Clerk.
Jamie Colston was appointed Clerk in May 2018 but has subsequently decided that the role is not for him. 
Lorraine had shown interest in the position previously. Since then she has moved closer to Freshford, to Bradford-on Avon, and is now in a better position to keep an eye on responsibilities within the parish. The Parish Council is delighted to welcome her and looks forward to working with her for the benefit of residents.
As Clerk, Lorraine will be attending her first Parish Council meeting on 10th September 2018. She can be contacted on Parish.Council@FreshfordVillage.com.

Galleries Royal visit on Wed 26th Sept

posted 5 Sep 2018, 08:21 by Parish Council Communications

What's happening?
His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester will visit the Galleries Shop and Café on the afternoon of Wednesday 26th September.
As part of our fund raising strategy for the Village Pump, FLiSCA applied for a grant from Wessex Water's Watermark fund and they loved our plastic-saving initiative. As a consequence they not only gave us £500 but they also decided to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Watermark Award by sponsoring 25 drinking fountains across their patch. The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset visited Galleries and was so impressed with our community enterprise that she invited the Duke of Gloucester to visit Galleries and inspect the Village Pump as part of Wessex Water's celebrations.
What's involved?
The Royal party will arrive in the early afternoon. They will be welcomed and shown around the shop and café (and will be offered one of Marilyn's gluten-free brownies) before being presented with a recyclable water bottle to fill at The Village Pump by two children from Freshford Primary School. The press will be present to take photos (and get us some free publicity). Afterwards the Duke of Gloucester will present the Chief Executive of Wessex Water with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development before returning to London via Freshford train station.
Will the shop and café remain open?
I'm afraid not. Given the numbers of people attending and the limited space inside Galleries, we have made the difficult decision to close the shop and café between 2.00-3.30pm. We are very sorry for the disruption to our customers and hope you will be understanding.
Will the car park be open?
No. Given the building work taking place at the Memorial Hall and the requirements of the Royal entourage and the press, we will also need to close the car park between 1.00-3.30pm. Again, we are very sorry for the disruption this will cause and discussions are taking place with the Pre-school and the Primary School about alternative pick-up options for school children.
Are residents welcome?
Yes, of course! and everyone is most welcome to attend and there will be plenty of room outside to watch the proceedings. We're crossing our fingers for good weather.
How long will it last?
The visit is expected to last less than an hour.
What can I do to help?
Whilst Freshford and Limpley Stoke are not known as hotbeds of radical activity, security for the trip is paramount. Please be on the look-out for packages, bags or other items in odd places, carefully placed (rather than dropped) items in rubbish bins and unusual interest shown by strangers. If in any doubt, dial 999 and ask for the police.
We will also be sprucing up Galleries and surrounding environment for the visit and any help will be warmly appreciated.
If you have any questions, please contact Simon Coombe on 07966 027637 or simonhjcoombe@hotmail.com.

Jumble Sale, Saturday 29th September

posted 3 Sep 2018, 00:41 by Parish Council Communications

                                                              JUMBLE SALE
                                           SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER AT 14:00
                                                  FRESHFORD VILLAGE HALL
                                                         SANITATION FIRST   
                              DONATIONS OF JUMBLE TO HALL FROM  09:00 on 29th 
                         PLEASE COME AND FIND A BARGAIN ..TEA AND CAKES 

               QUERIES TO SHELLEY...01225 723425     or CANDY ....01225 723703

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