Have you ever wondered what your Parish Council does?
Have you ever noticed that line on your Council Tax Bill - ‘Parish of Freshford’ - and wondered where that money goes?
If so, here’s your opportunity to find out more. Just come along to Freshford Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting on Thursday 27th April, at 7.30 in the Village Hall. You will be offered a glass of the Galleries’ finest and will be warmly welcomed.
We usually have 40 or so residents attending, so don’t feel nervous that there are just a select few and that you might not be able to escape without having volunteered for something. It’s not that sort of a gathering!
We hope, of course, that regular attenders will be there in support as usual.
There will be a brisk run-through of our finances for the year just ended – where the money came from and where it went – followed by the Chairman’s report.
This will include brief updates on:
As a bonus this year we will be showing a BBC film of the ceremony on The Tyning from 31st March 1974 – the eve of Freshford’s joining the new county of Avon. It is only 8 minutes long but many with long-term associations with the village may recognise friends and family – or even themselves as youngsters. Others can’t help but be intrigued to see how Freshford has changed – or not – over the last 43 years.
So do come along to the Village Hall, 7.30 for 8.00 on Thursday 27th April. It benefits us all when residents take an active interest in our community and we hope to see you there.
Recently Ben Howlett, MP for Bath, presented to the House of Commons a petition in support of an A36/A46 link road to ease the flow of traffic from the south coast to the M4.
Mr Howlett said that the petition was signed by 2846 “concerned residents”. These signatories - an unimpressive number given the population of Bath - are of course residents of Bath, not of the area that would be blighted by any new link road.
Freshford Parish Council, along with neighbouring councils in the Valley Parishes Alliance, is firmly opposed to plans for an A36/A46 link. The idea has been considered and rejected at intervals over recent years as it would not solve Bath’s traffic issues but would create significant additional problems.
The Valley Parishes Alliance has set up The Avon Valley Action Group whose website gives full background on why a link road has been rejected in the past and why it should be again.
1st April 1974 was a momentous day for Freshford. Not because of an April Fool’s Day joke, though some might have thought it that at the time, but because it marked the day when Freshford, after centuries spent in a quiet corner of Somerset, woke up to find itself in the Wansdyke District of the new County of Avon.
Freshford was not pleased.
A memorial ceremony was held on The Tyning the day before and a horse chestnut tree was planted “as a final act to plant it in the soil of Somerset by the sorrowing people of Freshford”. A stone engraved “SOMt 31 March 1974 AVON” was set beside the tree – both are there to this day (the tree used for climbing by children). There was a big turnout by residents to witness a procession, singing by the choir, speeches and prayers.
The Parish Council has recently come across a BBC 16mm film from that day. The film shows various locations around the village – much the same as now except for a noticeable lack of cars; it shows children coming out of the school and crossing High Street to their waiting mums; and it shows some of the tree-planting ceremony and the attendant villagers.
Were you there? Or your family? or friends?
We have had the film transcribed to DVD and will be showing it at the Annual Parish Meeting on Thursday 27th April, at 8.00 pm in Freshford Village Hall. It is only 8 minutes long but will make fascinating viewing for anyone with long connections with Freshford – and for anyone else who has an interest in our community. (Details of the Annual Parish Meeting will follow.)
And how did the story end? Well, after the demise of the unloved Avon, Freshford was on the move again and on 1st April 1996 (another April Fool’s Day prank?) found ourselves in B&NES.
Just to remind all residents that you have until 5 May 2017 to contact us if you have any queries with the container allocated to you in the letter we sent to you in March.
Check your new bin allocation by entering your address at www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle
If despite recycling all you can, you feel that your household will not manage with your allocated container, please complete the online form at www.bathnes.gov.uk/bin by 5 May. We will investigate to see if your circumstances are appropriate for an alternative. We may visit you and help you make the best use of your recycling collection.
Register your interest now for free text collection reminders when the new service starts - text your postcode to 07520631700
View our frequently asked questions about the changes at www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle
View the new rubbish containers at our roadshows, at Council One Stop Shops and community venues www.bathnes.gov.uk/roadshows
Details of the mayoral election on 4th May 2017.
The formal Notice of Election can be viewed here.
Freshford Parish Council is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic person to take on the post of Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to the Council. This is an interesting and varied part time position working around 30.5 hours per month, mainly from home, offering the chance to enable the team of parish councillors to deliver real benefits to the community. The pay will be based on experience but is likely to be in line with NJC Scale 6 Points 26-28, £12.13 to £12.94 per hour.
The successful applicant will be efficient; articulate; flexible; good at working with people; and will have IT and basic book-keeping skills. Initial training and comprehensive handover notes will be provided.
The main duties involve drawing up and publishing Agendas, attending meetings, and producing and publishing relevant Minutes, actioning the Council’s decisions, posting information onto the Council website and control of the Council’s finances.
The Clerk will also be expected to average a few hours each month fulfilling additional responsibilities for the management of The Tyning, the Cemetery and the street lighting around the parish, for which further payment is made.
The appointment is intended to start mid April 2017 to enable a smooth handover from the current Parish Clerk.
Download the Job Description here. Please apply by email, explaining your suitability for this post and with a CV, to Ingrid Maher Roberts on email@example.com, by Friday 31st March, though sooner if you can.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ingrid, as above, or Andrew Orme, Freshford Parish Council Chairman, on Communications@FreshfordVillage.com.
B&NES Council has commissioned a Feasibility Study to investigate whether pedestrian improvements could be carried out along The Hill, Freshford, between Station Road and The Inn public house to enhance road safety for all users.
The Feasibility Study can be viewed from the this website here.
After a brief preliminary discussion Freshford Parish Council:
FPC will be submitting more detailed comments following the Parish Council Meeting on 10th April 2017. If any residents wish to make comments for consideration please would you do so to Cllr Nick Stevens by 31st March 2017 so that comments can be collated and distributed to councillors in advance of the meeting.
A spring concert of choral music given by Bradford on Avon Choral Society with Colin Bloch (trumpet).
The programme includes Handel's 'Zadok the Priest' and Dettingen' Te Deum as well as English folk songs arranged by Holst and Vaughan Williams.
The concert is at Freshford Village Hall on Saturday 25th March at 7.30pm.
Tickets £10 (inc, glass of wine) available from The Galleries Shop.
Do come along. All proceeds in aid of St Mary's Church, Limpley Stoke.
Freshford Primary School and Freshford Pre-School are taking part in the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme again. Every time you shop in a Sainsbury’s Supermarket, you’ll get one voucher for every £10 you spend. Tokens are collected at stores and are redeemed for sports equipment. Over the years both school and pre-school have benefitted hugely from this scheme and we hope to do so again this year.
This means that from now until the 2nd May 2017 you can collect vouchers at Sainsbury’s and donate them to school or pre-school who can exchange them for exciting new sports and cooking equipment, amongst other items.
If you would like to collect vouchers for the school and/or pre-school please either take them into the school office or to pre-school in the Memorial Hall where there will be boxes in which to post the vouchers. You will also be able to leave vouchers in the shop. Vouchers left here will be split 50:50 between the two schools. We will be placing an order after the scheme has closed so you have until 2nd May to keep collecting.
Active Kids is a great way for our community to join together to help our kids eat well, move well and live well. So please ask your neighbours, friends and family to help collect vouchers too.
The ever popular FRIENDS OF FRESHFORD QUIZ NIGHT will take place on Friday 3rd March 2017 at 7pm for 7:30 pm in the Freshford Village Memorial Hall to compete for the Friends of Freshford Trophy.
Tickets are £10 per person – to be collected from each team on the night - and the evening will follow the successful format of previous years – a cold meats and cheese platter followed by delicious ice cream. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.
Start thinking now about your team (up to six people) and a team name, then register your team with us (see below) by the 28th February at the latest.
For any further information please ring:
John Ager on 01225 722374 or
Nick Stevens on 01225 722264.