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Vacancy for Clerk to Freshford Parish Council

posted 19 Mar 2017, 08:07 by Parish Council Communications

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 ingrid.freshfordpc@gmail.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.

The Hill, Freshford - Pedestrian Improvements, Feasibility Study

posted 15 Mar 2017, 04:07 by Parish Council Communications

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:
  • Is pleased that B&NES is prepared to make this investment in our village. 
  • We are leaning towards 'Option 2' of the two put forward. 
  • We have noted that there are, in fact, three streetlights along this section of road, not two as stated. 
  • We hope that, as part of these works, a way can be found to discourage through traffic from continuing straight on at the top of The Hill and down Church Hill.

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.

Concert of Choral Music - Saturday 25th March in Freshford Village Hall

posted 14 Mar 2017, 05:02 by Parish Council Communications

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. 

Sainsbury's Shoppers

posted 1 Feb 2017, 02:24 by Parish Council Communications

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.

Thank you! 

Friends of Freshford Quiz Night

posted 1 Feb 2017, 02:23 by Parish Council Communications

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.

Royal British Legion - correction

posted 1 Feb 2017, 02:21 by Parish Council Communications

Please note that the lunchtime meeting in February will be held on 9th - not 16th as stated in Parish Magazine.


posted 19 Jan 2017, 01:27 by Parish Council Communications

Meetings are held in the Freshford Memorial Hall on the fourth Wednesday of each month.   The hall is open from 7.00 pm and meetings begin at 7.30 pm. Annual subscriptions remain at £10.   Visitors are very welcome to attend any of our meetings.

Wednesday 25th January
Phillip Wooster:
A Walk around Bath in 1905 illustrated with images from postcards of the time

Wednesday 22nd February
David Crisp:
The discovery of the Frome Hoard  

Wednesday 22nd March
Martyn Whittock:
Anglo Saxon Bradford on Avon

Wednesday 26th April
Sophie Hawke:
Excursions in the 1800s with the Rev. John Skinner: Rector and Antiquarian.

Wed 24 May:  
AGM and Alan Dodge Memorial Lecture
Ivor Slocomb:  Medieval Bradford on Avon

Freshford Primary School would be delighted to welcome new volunteers

posted 9 Jan 2017, 07:52 by Parish Council Communications

As the new year commences, we are keen to increase our current body of volunteers who support our children in a wide variety of ways.

Our children are aged between 4 and 11 and there are many ways in which you could help enrich their education:
  • listening to children read
  • working with groups of children in a classroom setting
  • sharing your interests and skills

In order to ensure that we can plan your time in school to make it as rewarding as possible for both you and the children, we are ideally seeking a regular commitment – an hour, morning or afternoon a week/fortnight or some other amount of time you are able to offer. 

If you would be interested in joining our school community, or know of someone who may be interested, please contact us and speak to Helen Lorraine or Pippa Aitchison.

Telephone : 01225 723331 

Safeguarding : DBS check
Our school is committed to equal opportunities and to the welfare and safety of children and young people. This post will require a criminal background check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.  This is free of charge for volunteers and only takes a few weeks to be processed.

Freshford Pre-school rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted

posted 5 Jan 2017, 00:35 by Parish Council Communications

Children, staff and parents at Freshford Pre-school are thrilled to be celebrating the new year with an Outstanding grade from Ofsted, following an inspection in the final week of last term.
The inspector, who spent a morning at the Pre-school, deemed it to be Outstanding in all four areas: Effectiveness of leadership and management, Quality of teaching, learning and assessment, Personal development, behaviour and welfare, and Outcomes for children.
Specific comments on the report included “The manager and staff provide children with an excellent balance of exciting and inventive learning experiences, with a strong emphasis placed on the children leading their own play.” And “Children flourish and make superb use of the outside area to be physically active. They gain a wonderful awareness of people's similarities and differences and of cultures different to their own.”
Debbie Giles, Freshford Pre-school Manager is delighted with the outcome “We are so pleased that Ofsted recognises the level of achievement of our children. We try hard to offer a variety of engaging activities and experiences for the children throughout the year and work with each child to realise their individual development milestones. This is a great boost to everyone involved in the Pre-school and we are incredibly proud of this result.”
The Pre-school has close links with Freshford Primary School, with whom they regularly share experiences and play times. The Ofsted report concluded “All children are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their learning and for the eventual move on to school. They are highly independent and demonstrate a strong willingness to try new things. Children develop outstanding literacy skills. For example, they write their own stories and most are beginning to read many familiar words.”
Freshford Pre-school is a community run pre-school welcoming children from Freshford and Limpley Stoke as well as the surrounding area, including Combe Down and Bradford on Avon. It offers fun, creative and stimulating early years education and care for children aged between 2 years 6 months and 5 years during term time. The Pre-school places a special focus on outdoor learning with weekly Forest School sessions throughout the year.
The pre-school is currently taking registrations for September 2017. For more information and the full Ofsted report visit freshfordpreschool.co.uk or contact Business Manager, Jen Harper at business@freshfordpreschool.co.uk.

Freshford and District Horticultural Society - date correction

posted 26 Dec 2016, 07:36 by Parish Council Communications

Please note that there will not be a meeting of the Freshford & District Horticultural Society on 3rd January 2017.   The next meeting will be on 11th January when Tania Pascoe will talk about Wild Garden Weekends.   

A former corporate sustainability consultant, Tania, a passionate gardener who lives locally, set out on a journey across Britain to rediscover the magical butterfly filled memories of her childhood.  Her book: ‘Wild Garden Weekends’, the first guidebook of its kind, was published in 2015.   

Tania will tell us about the traditional cottage gardens and ancient orchards, kitchen-gardens and contemporary gardens planted for bees and wildlife which she discovered during the course of her research.  She will also speak about wildflower-rich meadows grasslands and woodlands, of which only a fragment remain but which need our appreciation and support as never before.  And she will also share her experiences of trying to bring in the lessons she has learned into her garden at the Old Doctors House, Freshford.  

Members free
Visitors £3.00
Everyone welcome

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