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Freshford and Limpley Stoke Fête, Saturday 9th June, 1-5pm.

posted 21 May 2018, 22:57 by Parish Council Communications

Fête Programme
  • 1pm – Fête opens 
  • 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, games, stalls and refreshments available all afternoon.
Entrance: Adults - £2, Children - £1, Under 5s free. 
Stall Donation requests 
Bottle Tombola

Please donate whatever you can from the list below, however small, making sure it is within its sell by/use by date.

Glass Bottles (Wine, Cordials, Vinegars, Oils, Spirits etc.)
Glass Jars (Pickles, Jams, Conserves, Chutneys etc.)
Tins of biscuits (No packets)
Boxes of chocolates

Please leave your generous donations in the marked boxes at The Galleries Shop, Freshford School or Freshford Pre-school by Thursday 7th June.

Book, Plant and Toy stalls
Please bring books, named plants and toy donations to the stalls from 10am on the morning of the Fête. Toys and books can also be left in the marked boxes at Freshford School and Freshford Pre-school.

Fête Raffle Tickets
Raffle tickets now on sale from the Galleries - £1 each. Buy them now to beat the queues on the day.

Raffle Prizes:
Cordless Dyson V8 Absolute vacuum cleaner
Homewood Park – Dinner for 2 
The Wheelwrights Arms – Three course dinner
The Stag, Hinton Charterhouse – A Family Roast for 4 people
The Inn, Freshford – 2 x £25 pub vouchers
Homewood Park – Afternoon Tea for 2
The Galleries Shop – £20 Café voucher
The Inn, Freshford - Wine hamper
The Inn, Freshford - Cake hamper 
Riverford Organic Farms – Medium Fruit and Veg Box
Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery, Bath - A family ticket for entry to all 3 museums for a family of 2 adults and up to 4 children
Wiltshire Music Centre – 2 x family tickets for our Big Family Music Day on 23rd June 
Wild Guide Wales (adventure guide)
Lost Lanes West Country (cycling guide)
Prior Park Garden Centre – Orchid

Thank you for supporting the Fête, which raises funds for Freshford Memorial Hall (registered charity 1174158).

Is a link from the A36 to the A46 a good idea?

posted 12 May 2018, 00:42 by Parish Council Communications

Around twenty-five years ago the combined forces of common sense and public opinion saw off the prospect of a direct link between the A36 and A46. It would have meant spoiling the northern end of the Avon/Limpley Stoke valley, greatly increased traffic, and even more damage to the A36 as it winds its way southwards along the western slope. It was to have been part of a package that included improvements to the southern end of the A46, a two-level interchange where the A4 meets the A46, and the Batheaston bypass. The project was the subject of a public enquiry. Almost all parts were built but the inspector ruled against the leap across the valley to the A36 and the then  Department for Transport accepted his ruling.

But it has never really gone away. There are those who believe that a direct link between the A36 and A46 would relieve congestion and pollution in Bath. 

Any link would have the status of a trunk road, owned and managed by Highways England (HE), until recently the Highways Agency. HE’s construction programme of works for 2015 to 2020 has been set some time ago and does not include a link between the A36 and A46. They are currently drawing up what is called their Route Investment Strategy (RIS) for 2020 to 2025. What will be included for discussion hasn’t been decided – and The Valley Parishes Alliance is determined that should an A36/A46 link be included, the many very good reasons against it will be heard.

The Valley Parishes Alliance was formed in April 2010. It is a cross-county border alliance of seven rural parishes (five B&NES – including Freshford - and two Wiltshire). Taken together, the seven parish councils which form the VPA represent over 7,000 residents (and over 5,500 electors).

Any resident interested in finding out more can view the  VPA submissions to the Strategic Route Network consultation on this website.

Freshford and District Horticultural Society Plant Sale 2:30pm Saturday 12th May

posted 5 May 2018, 01:09 by Parish Council Communications

Freshford and District Horticultural Society Plant Sale

2:30pm Saturday 12th May  

at 'Rockfields', 51 Middle Stoke (NB new venue this year)

Parking at St Mary’s  

Entry £1.00    Children free

Tea and Homemade cakes  

Please bring labelled plants for sale to ‘Rockfields’ after 10:00am on the morning of 12th May for pricing and display.

Re-development of Freshford Village Memorial Hall - Drop-in Consultation event Wednesday 2nd May, 3-6pm. Freshford Memorial Hall

posted 30 Apr 2018, 00:38 by Parish Council Communications

Local Residents of both Freshford and Limpley Stoke are invited to attend the Drop-in Consultation event this Wednesday 2nd May from 3-6pm in the Memorial Hall to explore the Community Right to Build Order proposals for a redeveloped Memorial Hall incorporating doctor's surgery and pre-school extensions. 

This is an opportunity to inspect the Community Right to Build Order and share your views with the Hall's architects and members of the Hall development group.

The full Draft Community Right to Build Order and supporting documents can also be viewed:
online at http://www. freshfordvillagehall.co.uk/ the-future
and in the Galleries Shop and Cafe during opening hours 

Feedback can also be provided online (preferred) at http://www. freshfordvillagehall.co.uk/ the-future/crtbo-feedback
or using a hard copy form available in the Galleries Shop and Cafe. Feedback should be received no later than 28th May 2018.

Re-roofing Works at Freshford Village Memorial Hall: May 8th to early June – parking restrictions

posted 18 Apr 2018, 07:17 by Parish Council Communications

Work on reroofing the main village hall roof to replace the existing felting which has been leaking for a number of years with large insulated metal panels will be starting on May 8th and run through to early June (depending on the weather).
During the work a section of the carpark in front of the hall will be cordoned off and parking will be significantly reduced. In addition, particularly for the first 2 weeks there will be a significant number of large vehicle movements, installing the scaffolding, and  delivering  & removing materials from site. It would be greatly appreciated if residents, parents at the pre-school and the primary school avoid parking in the hall car park and if possible walk or find other means of accessing the hall, shop and café.

Re-development of Freshford Memorial Hall incorporating surgery and pre-school extensions

posted 15 Apr 2018, 04:38 by Parish Council Communications

Consultation on a Draft Community Right to Build Order

The trustees of Freshford Village Memorial Hall, and their supporting development sub-committee have prepared a Community Right to Build Order (CRtB order) to fulfil their vision to enhance, modernise and extend the existing Freshford Village Memorial Hall facility to provide a welcoming and attractive multi-purpose focus for local community activity complementing its outstanding rural setting. The intention is to embark upon a phased programme to be carried out over the next 5 years, incorporating refurbishment of the existing village hall building, with extensions to provide a separate doctor’s surgery and dedicated pre-school space. This project will significantly improve and ensure the long term viability of a building which acts as the community hub for the villages of Freshford and Limpley Stoke. 

We are now seeking community feedback on our proposals. Please let us know your views.

Consultation Details

The local Consultation on the Draft Community Right to Build Order will run from Monday 16th April to Monday 28th May 2018.

The full Draft Community Right to Build Order and supporting documents can be viewed:

online now at http://www.freshfordvillagehall.co.uk/the-future

in the Galleries Cafe during opening hours from Wednesday 18th April

at a drop-in community event at the Memorial Hall on Wednesday 2nd May from 3-6pm.

You now have the opportunity to indicate whether you support the Draft Order, and to provide feedback on the Order and supporting documentation.

Feedback can be provided online (preferred) at http://www.freshfordvillagehall.co.uk/the-future/crtbo-feedback

or using a hard copy form available in the Galleries Shop and Cafe. Feedback should be received no later than 28th May 2018.

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



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