ThinkPads come to The Hub in Paulton
Councillor Liz Hardman (pictured) has donated her Ward Councillor’s Initiative Fund money to providing 8 new Laptops to the Hub library in Paulton.The laptops, called “Thinkpads”are the latest in up to date technology. B&NES’ IT specialist Janet German Morris chose these Thinkpads as they” were a good make and a good reliable model”. Dan Hughes a library user (pictured) trying out the ThinkPads found the Laptop easy to use with a “lovely” keyboard.
These Think Pads will be available for use in The Hub as part of group lessons for people with different levels of IT skills.Hilary Cox (librarian) said that they hoped to advertise these classes in the near future.
Councillor John Bull (Paulton) also commented “ It’s a great idea to help people acquire computer skills particularly if they have no experience in using computers” Cllr Bull has spent his Initiative Fund money mainly supporting “Party in the Park” and “Pride in Paulton Partnership”
Ladies Wot Do Dancing
We've heard that this group is now taking names of people interested in a new class starting at Paulton. Ring 419233 for further details.
Ladies Wot do Dancing entertained at Holy Trinity church as part of their Christmas Festival and were really enjoyed by all.
Jobs Vacancies in Paulton spotted in the Journal 27 Feb
Night and Day Nurses and Maintenance Assistant required at Bloomfield. Details 417748
Personal Assistant for disabled lady. 417064 for details
Pancakes, Lent and Seasonal Offerings.
Lent starts this week
Pancakes are on offer every day
At Hub Grub
Churches Together in Paulton
invite you to an
Ecumenical Lent Course
Every Monday from 10th March-14th April
Holy Trinity church
3 Sunday Lent Lunches and a Passover Meal.
(See events column)
What is a Lent Lunch?
Lent lunches are simple meals held at the homes of members of Holy Trinity church. They are open to anyone to share. The meal is fairly simple and frugal for example soup, bread or crackers, cheese and possibly some fruit. Nothing elaborate
It is a symbolic way of sharing something distinctive with others during the season of Lent. It also provides a focus for others less fortunate than our selves. There is an expectation that participants will donate an amount equivalent to that which a Sunday lunch would normally cost. The donation this year will be for the Somerset Flood Appeal. Contact Guy for full details -416581
The Passover Meal
The Passover Seder is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holidya or Passover. The Seder is a ritual performed by a community involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.
Seder customs include drinking four cups of wine, eating matza, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate and reclining in celebration of freedom. This will be held at the Scout Hall Thursday 17th April 7.30. Places limited.
Pride in Paulton Partnership have contacted us as a group looking for volunteers.
As the weather gets better they will be out and about planting, weeding, litter picking, washing signs etc. They are getting some fantastic hanging baskets this year and will really need help with watering these and other planters in the warmer weather. Everyone welcome no matter how much or how little they can do!
A link to contact details is provided at the bottom of the clubs/societies page
If your group is looking for volunteers please contact us and tell us what you do.
Follow up from Paulton Brownies......
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Yesterday, travelling from Paulton to Timsbury (on the route past the cricket club and over Goosard Bridge) I found my way suddenly blocked by the back of a road sign and a bollard. Closer inspection revealed that the route I had just travelled along was a CLOSED road.
For some reason my brain opted for 'quiz mode'. .... Should I :- a) reverse back along the route, b) attempt a three point turn and drive back along my route or c) should I remove either bollard or road sign. Choose option a) and you will probably get a stiff neck. Choose option b) and you will waste a considerable amount of time driving back down a closed road to reach the same spot in 20 minutes time. Choose option c) and you will feel guilty for interfering with road signs and probably get muddy. I choose option C resolving to choose a different route next time I need to travel between Paulton and Timsbury.
However there is a snag. Drivers will probably have noticed that the turn off to Timsbury from the A39 is closed. The large number of potholes along the Bath road make it questionable as to whether this route is suitable for motor vehicles at all!
Potholes can be reported to B&NES and are supposed to be treated within a set period of time. The link to the web site is below. However in order to 'register' the pothole you will be asked for a precise location and to estimate the size and depth of the hole. We found this a bit difficult to do so we looked on the internet and found this advice:-
Items needed to measure a hole:
yardstick or ruler, water, paper, pencil
We are currently updating our section on volunteering. It can be found at the base of our clubs and societies page. If you and your organisation have volunteering opportunities to offer within our community please contact us.
We currently have details from:-
Guide and Scout organisations
Time to Share
Sunday Tea Club
Pride in Paulton Partenership
See 'Clubs and Societies'
Change lives by volunteering
One Sunday afternoon a month, local older people and volunteers OF ALL AGES get together for afternoon tea. Our guests are aged 75 and over, live alone, often without family nearby, so the teas are a nice opportunity to leave the four walls behind.
Paulton/Midsomer Norton/Radstock area - Can you help?
DRIVERS: You will collect a couple of older people, in your own car, and take them to a host’s home for tea, fun and companionship, where you will all enjoy the afternoon together.
HOSTS: Offer to hold a tea party for the local group in your family home once or twice a year (downstairs loo and easy access required).
COORDINATOR: a couple of hours admin a month to make it all happen!
It is a simple yet very effective idea, and it gives our older guests
the knowledge that someone really cares.
Most importantly it changes lives - maybe yours too.
Contact: Helen 01225 873812 Helen.email@example.com
Paulton’s Success at B&NES’ Chairman’s Community Awards
Last week at the B&NES’ Chairman’s Community Awards, volunteers and voluntary groups from Paulton were honoured.Firstly Paulton Hospital Charity Shop was nominated for its achievements in raising £400,000 for Paulton Hospital.This has provided much needed equipment such as scanners and ECG machines and Terry and Caroline Wynne (pictured with volunteer June Hillier)are justly proud of their achievements, along with the 10 volunteers who help in their shop.As well as the Paulton Hospital Charity Shop, the Paulton Hospital League of Friends was also nominated.Also nominated was the Pride in Paulton Partnership (PiPP) who are united by their affection for Paulton and their determination to make the environment so much better in the village. They were awarded a special “highly commended” community team award (pictured above with Cllr Liz Hardman who put their names forward for the award). Also honoured was Hugh Warren who through volunteering for The Hub, the CAB and being one of the longest serving members of Paulton parish Council has enabled many more activities to happen in Paulton. Louise Stock who volunteers at Bath City Farm also received a nomination.Finally Hazel Rowcliffe was honoured by being named as a highly recommended “Volunteer of the Year”.This was so well deserved as through all her volunteering with The Food bank, Paulton’s Hub, PiPP,Paulton Schools’ PTA and much more, Hazel is the backbone of our community
Famous Authors Visit The Hub Paulton
Last week, BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset broadcast their Laura Rawlings afternoon show live from The Hub Library in Paulton.This was part of the lead up to National Libraries Day Feb 8th. As part of the afternoon, two well known and best selling local authors, Lesley Pearse and Katie Fforde were interviewed to the delight of some of their fans present at The Hub. Also interviewed were many of the volunteers who help to keep The Hub Library open 40 hours a week, compared to the 14 hours it was previously open for. The Hub also houses the Hub Grub Café which is providing outstanding value for money in the quality of its food and drinks.Not only this but proprietor Linda and daughter Emma have greatly increased their trade by providing a warm welcome to their customers. David Dixon, Cabinet member and lead councillor for Libraries commented”It’s good to see such a valuable local asset do so well and to be so successful ”. Local Paulton Councillors John Bull and Liz Hardman said they were delighted to see even more groups such as Age UK,West of England Care and Repair,MIND, the Police Liaison Group and the Sustainable Energy Group coming to The Hub so that local residents can access their services more easily.Activities taking place in The Hub now include, a Story Time for pre school children, Baby Bounce for 0-3 year olds, craft activities and a community learning course on using computers.
The UK's first rugby specific play programme for young children is coming to Paulton
Fridays Paulton VillageHall
10am for 2 to 3.5 year ols
10.45 for 3.5 year olds
Call 01275 544445/0780301394
The Somersetshire Coal Canal Society needs local volunteers to help restore the canal at Paulton during 2014. No previous experience needed, just enthusiasm and a few hours to spare. If you are interested just text “SCCS” to 077 1699 7284 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you to ask you what you want to do and when - chopping down the undergrowth (lots of that), digging out the Dry Dock (hard work), archeological investigation of what lies embedded in the puddling clay, rebuilding the stone bridges, restoring the wharves, providing tea and cakes, and plenty more besides
Age UK B&NES will be providing a new information and advice service from Paulton Library Hub from February 19.
The charity will be able to advise on issues of concern to older people, their families and carers. This could be help in checking they are getting the benefits they are entitled to or providing advice on local care services or housing.
Last year the Age UK B&NES helped to put an extra £333,500 into the pockets of local people by supporting them with benefit claims – this was money people were entitled to but didn’t know how to go about claiming.
The charity will be offering drop-in advice sessions on the third Wednesday of every month, from 2pm – 4pm.
Age UK B&NES is the third partner to join Bath & North East Somerset Council in providing services from the The Paulton Library Hub.
“We’re delighted to be working with the Council to extend our information and advice service into Paulton,” said Janet Dabbs, chief executive of Age UK B&NES. “We’re looking forward to meeting and supporting local older people in the Paulton area.”
The Age UK B&NES Information and advice service is also available as follows:
One Stop Shop in Manvers Street, Bath on Tuesday mornings between 9.30am and 1pm.
At Age UK B&NES’ main offices at 18 Kingsmead Square, Bath. People can either drop in, make appointments or telephone in on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 4.30pm, also Friday mornings 9.30 – 1pm.
Radstock Methodist Church – drop-in session first Thursday of the month, 10am – 12noon.
Keynsham Baptist Church Hall – drop-in session first Tuesday of the month, 10am – 12noon.
Timsbury, Conygre Hall, North Road (in CAB van) – drop-in session first and third Wednesday of the month, 10am – 1pm.
Age UK B&NES is a local charity that supports around 12,000 older people, their families and carers every year, with essential services. It has a small team of staff and around 150 volunteers who assist with a variety of tasks including day care and lunch club provision, toenail cutting and home from hospital services.
You can also find out more on the website www.ageukbanes.co.uk, and follow Age UK B&NES on Facebook and Twitter:
PiPP’s Planter Disappointment!
Pride in Paulton Partnership (PiPP)has had a good winter until recently. Christmas trees were put on top of shop fronts and planters were planted with Winter and Spring plants. And then disaster struck! For the first time ever, plants were then stolen from planters.
The planter on the corner of Elm Road Paulton was planted with the colour scheme for Paulton's entry in South West in Bloom 2014: red for remembrance (commemorating the outbreak of war in 1914); purple for Paulton and gold for the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom.
The first plant to be stolen, after only one week in the planter, was the centrepiece Skimmia with its cluster of red buds, red for remembrance.The second plants to go, a week later, were 2 Golden Thymes, gold for 50th anniversary.The 3 lavenders, purple for Paulton, were then removed before they too could be stolen. What a shame! The structure and form of the planting has gone leaving a few herbaceous winter-flowering pansies.
How disappointing that Paulton residents and other passers by are unable to enjoy the flowering of this planter throughout the Winter and Spring months, particularly as all the other planters have remained untouched. Liz Hardman (Councillor Paulton) said “ Someone out there has helped themselves to some free plants. It would be a lovely surprise to see them returned”