Super Stars After School Club
Paulton School is not offering its stay and play sessions on a Monday this term.
So why not stay and play at Super Stars After School Club for a very special price of just £2.00 per session.
We will pick your children up from school supply a healthy snack and a planned activity. Sessions on Mondays 3-4.30.
Spaces will be offered strictly on a first come first served basis and will be limited. This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other discount.
To book please call 01761 404227 or email Lydia@littlestarnursery.co.uk
From the Food Bank
The tremendous generosity of so many people during the pre-Christmas period means that currently there are very few shortages at the warehouse. The only food items required at the moment are :
Other items needed are :
Washing up liquid
Please convey our most grateful thanks to all who contributed towards ensuring that a considerable number of local people enjoyed not only basic foods but extra festive treats over Christmas.
With every best wish for 2017 and beyond,
From Paulton Birthing Centre.....
We regret to confirm that Paulton Birth Centre is currently closed to births, as our ward has had to be reallocated to medical patients following a bed shortage. We hope to be open again in two weeks, and in the meantime our antenatal and postnatal care continues as usual. If you were hoping to give birth in Paulton in the next two weeks, please telephone us to discuss your options.
THE PAULTON MAGAZINE:
We are now starting to put together the next edition of The Paulton Magazine and the deadline for items to be included is 30th January 2017. If you have an article, news item or any interesting feature relating to the village you wish to be included then please email them to email@example.com as soon as possible. And, don't forget the photo competition - the winner will have their photo published on the front cover so get your entries in now!
New Prices at Paulton Pool
ADMISSION PRICES 2017
ADULT CONCESSION (60+) £3.50
UNDER 5 £1.00
FAMILY (2+2) £12.00
INFLATABLE SESSION £3.00
ADULT LUNCHTIME DIP £3.50
SWIMFIT ACTIVATE ADULT £4.50
SWIMFIT ACTIVATE CHILD £3.50
ADULT AND CHILD £5.00 additional child £1.00 additional adult £1.00
EARLY MORNING MONTHLY ADULT £40.00
EARLY MORNING MONTHLY CONCESSION (60+) £30.00
10 SWIM PARENT AND BABY CARD £45.00
10 SWIM ADULT CARD £36.00
10 SWIM ADULT LUNCHTIME DIP CARD £31.50
10 SWIM CONCESSION (60+)CARD £31.50
From Paulton School.....
A huge thank you to the PTA and everyone who helped us raise nearly £5000 last year, which has been used to construct our amazing outdoor classroom named “The Hitch Hut.” See it in the Playscape. It is a great space in which to learn.
Festive Celebrations by Volunteers at
The Hub Library Paulton
Despite uncertain times ahead for our Libraries, Paulton Library volunteers had plenty to be cheerful about. Firstly, because of their involvement, Paulton has one of the longest library opening times in B&NES.Secondly, Paulton is almost unique in having a café in the Library and lastly, Paulton has an amazing lady called Kathleen Still, who runs the rota that organises the volunteers for the Library.
Liz Hardman, B&NES Councillor, Paulton said” We are so grateful to this wonderful team of volunteers who together with the professional librarians keep the library open almost six days a week. We are also very grateful to Zoe Escott (pictured) who runs The Hub Café in the library, which encourages even greater usage of the Library (and who prepared our celebratory buffet today).A final big thank you to Kathleen Still (pictured), who was presented with a basket of flowers from the volunteers.”
Laney and Mark’s Homeless Project Christmas Raffle
The draw took place in the Red Lion Pub, Paulton, for Laney and Mark Sandon James’ Homeless Project.Overseeing the draw (pictured) were Laney, Gail Garlick (Pride in Paulton)and Liz Hardman(B&NES Councillor, Paulton)Laney and Mark are an incredible couple who work tirelessly for the homeless in Bath.Each year, they organise a Christmas draw to raise money to help fund their homeless activities. This year, they managed to obtain 160 prizes, ranging from Afternoon Tea for 10 at the Guildhall, to a Spa Day at a luxury Spa Hotel, Music Lessons and Sunday lunches in local pubs, amongst many other prizes. In all, the raffle raised £1404 for their Homeless Charity.
Laney and Mark run Laney & Mark’s Homeless Project from Paulton each Saturday.Each week, since 2014, they go into Bath and walk a 4-mile route around the city with food packages, thermal socks, fingerless gloves, scarves, feminine hygiene products, wet wipes, underwear, shower packs (including 20p for the public shower + a small towel), dog food and poop bags,for the rough sleepers who live on the streets.
When they finish this, they join the soup run, provided by the Genesis Trust and give out more socks, hats, gloves and cakes.
Laney and Mark have help from local people who donate food, and the other weekly produce they supply, bake cakes and occasionally donate money to help them buy the new items they supply such as the socks underwear, gloves, etc.
On Christmas Eve, Laney and Mark will bring a Christmas Shoe Box filled with gifts for all those they find living rough on the streets,with lots of useful items , including fingerless gloves, a scarf, Christmas socks, soap and a washcloth, a brush or comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, chewing gum, a chocolate bar, a wash bag, a cracker and a Christmas card with hot food vouchers in each one. Of course, they make sure each dog gets a Christmas Box full of goodies too.
But it is the human touch which is so important for these street dwellers.Laney said”Sometimes though, besides the things we provide, the most important thing is just stopping, saying “Hello” and having 5 minutes making them feel they matter”.
So well done to an exceptional Paulton couple who help the homeless, not just at Christmas, but all year round.
You can find out more about them and follow what they do on their Facebook group page – Laney & Mark’s Homeless Project.
Christmas Celebration Lunch for Paulton Senior Citizens
Paulton’s Senior Citizen Luncheon Club celebrated Christmas in style last week, with a fabulous Christmas lunch. Instead of lunch being cooked by Celia Slocombe and her team, it was cooked by another set of volunteers, but this time it was staff from Tesco.
This luncheon club would not take place but for Celia Slocombe, helped by June Drake and her team of volunteers who have been providing lunches for Senior Citizens the first Wednesday of every month for the past four years.With effortless efficiency, two course meals are provided for around 40 senior citizens every month. Celia Slocombe said "I love doing it and I really enjoy it. We give people a really good time, with good food, a raffle draw and bingo”
This year (and last year) volunteers from Tesco, led by Beckie Eschle, cooked the Christmas lunch for almost 40 people. Beckie said “ We want to be involved in the community which is why we like to get involved and it gives Celia a chance to enjoy a meal, instead of cooking it” Beckie also added “I’d like to thank the Tesco staff, many who gave up their free time to help, including Anne Hale,Jo Carter,Tracey Geild,Brian Matthews,Lee Russell, Corrina Leggett and Sarah Dobson.” To round off the celebratory lunch, school children from Paulton Infant School sang Christmas songs and carols to the delight of the senior citizens
Specially invited guests B&NES Councillors John Bull and Liz Hardman (pictured)said they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
PAULTON ROVERS V SALISBURY. £553.
A big thank you tonight to Paulton Rovers FC and the supporters of both Paulton and Salisbury for helping us raise money for Dorothy House in memory of our friend Jeff Mountjoy. Santa's little reject, Fran, did a fantastic job of collecting money off all those that attended tonight.
Tonight's total raised was an amazing £553 (updated amount).
So on behalf of Fran & myself, the Jmbro Team and especially Paulton Rovers, Thank You.
Paulton Window Displays Brighten Christmas
Paulton’s long December evenings have once again been brightened by attractive window displays in local shops and businesses. On December 16th prizes were awarded in a competition organised by Paulton’s BANES Councillor John Bull and judged by members of the Parish Council Events Committee.
More than an a dozen local businesses took part with First prize going to Eve’s Kitchen, Second to the Paulton Hospital Charity Shop and Third to the Lamb Public House.
Highly Commended were :The Hub; Poppies Florists; Partners 2 Hairdressers and Bryan Bishop, Funeral Directors.
Ann Lyons generously donated her Chairman's Allowance to fund the prizes, which were food and drink hampers'
Cllr Anne Lyons, Chairman of Paulton Parish Council and one of the judges said: We were very pleased at the standard of this year’s displays, which were eye-catching and imaginative.
Cllr John Bull added : It was good to see more local businesses than ever decorating their windows this Christmas and we hope others will consider entering in the future.
Try something New in the New Year...
B&NES Councillors John Bull and Liz Hardman Fight for Paulton Post Office
Following the announcement that the current Paulton postmaster is set to retire in March 2017, B&NES Councillors John Bull and Liz Hardman (Labour, Paulton) have pledged to campaign to ensure that the Post Office retains a presence in Paulton.
Cllr Bull said “A number of informal talks with local businesses have considered various options for the future of Paulton Post Office. However, so far, these discussions have not led to a clear proposal. It is hard to believe that a village the size of Paulton could be left without a Post Office. The idea that local residents would be forced to travel to Midsomer Norton to use the Post Office is completely unacceptable”.
Cllr Hardman added “We have received assurances from a representative of the Post Office that a Post Office presence will remain in Paulton.As your B&NES Councillors we would like to assure Paulton residents that we are doing all we can to keep our Post Office in Paulton”
From the Methodist Church....
Paulton Methodist Church to support the Southdown project
On Sunday 4th December we are having a Toy Service which will be led by Jane Parsons. We need donations of toys to put underneath the Christmas Tree, and these gifts will be sent to the Southdown Project which works with the neediest and deprived families in the Southdown area of Bath. Jane was a former manager of this project and her successor, Deacon Annie Trembling will be saying few words in the service about the project, and the families who are helped at Southdown.
We hope that we will have a large number of toys, colouring books, crayons, etc to give to Deacon Annie at the end of the service
Personal transport for Paulton villagers
Swan Transport – Tel: 01761 439548, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Swan Transport offers a personal transport service using volunteer drivers, to those who are elderly, frail or disabled and on a low income (under £16,000). Our team of volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to pick people up from their door, providing an arm if needed, and take people to health appointments/social activities, then bring them home afterwards and drop them at their door. This is especially helpful for those who can't easily use a bus.
The journeys can include; hospital and doctors appointments, visits to the dentist/opticians, the hairdresser, shopping (assisted shopping is also available with drivers if requested) or visiting friends and family... The journeys normally take place from Monday to Friday during working hours - 9am to 5pm, though there is flexibility with this. Just occasionally drivers have covered journeys on evenings and weekends but there is limited availability. Swan covers journeys within the B&NES area, though again with some flexibility, as we have travelled further afield.
There is a suggested donation per journey which ranges from £6.50 for a local return using a local driver, through to £20.50 for a return journey into Bath, for example to the RUH, which is quite a saving on using a taxi. All our drivers are paid mileage at Inland Revenue rates whilst giving their time freely. Swan supports those who have savings of up to £16,000, but if a client is over that threshold they can become a member of the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Dial-a-Ride: 01761 418097, who may refer them to us for journeys.
If you know of anyone who could benefit from Swan's service we would be glad to be of help - please call us on: 01761 439548 to speak to either Sarah or Ann.
We are also trying hard to recruit more drivers at the moment, particularly in Paulton and many other areas. All our drivers are vital in enabling us to offer this important service. Swan Drivers can choose how much or little they would like do to fit in with their lifestyle. They can have regular journeys, or drive as and when they are available. As a volunteer driver, you will need your own vehicle. If you know of anyone who may be interested in helping their local community in this way, we would be very glad to hear from them!
Pride in Paulton News
We have had a fun first week at Super Stars After School Club. We have made use of our fantastic location with football in the park, crafts in the hall and we even had a go at lighting fires. We are open every weekday 3-6 with collections from both Paulton Infants and Juniors. If you would like any information about the club please contact. email@example.com or call 01761 404227
There is 1 casual vacancy to fill for Paulton Parish Council.
Please contact the office if you are interested in becoming a Councillor.
Grants for 2017/18
02.01.17 to 27.02.17 applications packs available
17.03.17 closing date for applications
84 Homes Tipping Point for Paulton
On top of the almost 672 homes planned on the old Purnell's Print works site in Paulton, developers now want to squeeze in an extra 74 homes to the north of the site. This area was originally set out for a continuing care retirement community, but the developers are arguing there is no demand for this type of development. They are arguing for more homes, despite the overwhelming negative feedback from residents who are concerned that more homes would constitute a “tipping point” for Paulton.
There is no spare capacity in Paulton Junior and Infant Schools and it is not acceptable that pupils could be transported to other schools outside of Paulton as the developers are saying. The developers also claim that B&NES cannot show there is a five year supply of housing land which is untrue.
Finally, we are told by the developers that we desperately need more homes in this area. As part of the Core Strategy, 2,470 homes need to be built in Paulton, Peasedown, Radstock and Midsomer Norton by 2029. Guess what, we’ve already built this amount (in 2016) so we don’t need any more homes.
Not counting these proposed 74 homes, there is also an extra development of 10 bungalow type homes, planned for the area at the entrance to the old Purnells’ site, reference 16/04892/OUT. This site would be ideal for green open space, which is sadly lacking, rather than even more homes.
These proposals are out for consultation until November 2nd. I would urge your readers to contact B&NES objecting to the development of 74 homes to the north of the site quoting reference 16/04889/OUT and to the 10 bungalows at the entrance to the site reference 16/04892/OUT
B&NES Councillors Paulton
Paulton wins 14 awards
at the South West in Bloom Awards 2016
Paulton The Lamb Inn Thriving
Paulton Cultivate with Colliver Outstanding
Paulton Holy Trinity Church Garden Outstanding
Paulton Field Ways Substation Thriving
Paulton Year 4 & PiP @ The Hub Outstanding
Paulton Year 2 & PiP @ The Hub Outstanding
Paulton Fairy Garden Advancing
Paulton Paulton Cemetery Outstanding Paulton
Paulton War Memorial Thriving
Paulton Paulton Memorial Park Outstanding
Paulton Mendip Close in Bloom Outstanding
Paulton Cam Valley Tennis Club
Paulton Outstanding Paulton Hill Court Garden Outstanding
Congratulations to all involved
Changes to Bus Services......
Changes to Refuse and Recycling coming to Paulton in 2017
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