PiP Prepares Paulton
Pride in Paulton (PiP) is busy getting Paulton ready for this year’s In Bloom competition. PiP is run by volunteers who are dedicated to improving Paulton’s environment. Becky Parker (chair of PiP) commented “PiP is a Paulton effort, involving lots of groups and individuals, businesses, schools and sports clubs throughout the village. The organising committee of PiP is the catalyst for many community activities to enliven the village and coordinates Paulton’s entry in Britain in Bloom South West. The members of the committee have also been working hard to benefit most people by continuing with rejuvenating beds at Hill Court and providing and maintaining hanging baskets through the centre of the village.”
Year 4 of Paulton Junior School have also been involved with PiP in helping improve the shopping precinct. They have planted vegetables in the flower beds in front of the Co-Op, under the watchful eyes of teacher Jo Chapman and Learning Assistant Haley Shackleton. Hazel Rowcliffe (PiP volunteer pictured) said “We are very excited about entering the In Bloom Competition this year, and hope Paulton residents will be right behind us on judging day July 9th”
Noah’s Ark Fun Day
Over 200 people attended Noah’s Ark Fun day in Paulton. Families enjoyed the sunshine as they bought items from a jewellery stall, played tombola and bought cakes, ice cream and raffle tickets. Pride of place went to the model vegetable animal competition. Judges from Paulton Parish Council, Anne Lyons (Vice Chair) and Marion Wild and Liz Hardman had a very hard job choosing the winning entries. Eventually the winner Mason Hillman who designed an amazing cow was chosen, followed in 2nd place by Thomas Rich with his fierce octopus and 3rd place to Abel Thankachan who made a ferocious shark.
Kirstie Pitt who runs Noah’s Ark commented “ It’s great to see so many people enjoying themselves and the money raised will be used to buy interactive outdoor equipment using numbers,sounds and letters”
Librarian Leaves After Almost 42 Years
June Brassington (pictured) head of BANES Face to Face Operations, has left the Library Service after almost 42 years. Pictured outside The Hub in Paulton, June commented on how The Hub in Paulton had led the way for many other community led ventures. She said” We are so pleased that there is such community involvement with the Library here in Paulton and that it is located here right in the centre of Paulton”. It was five years ago that the idea of combining a library and Internet café was hatched when Liz Hardman and June first met. Liz Hardman (BANES Councillor Paulton) said "Paulton owes such a debt of gratitude to June. Without her drive, commitment, vision and enthusiasm, the library would have stayed where it was in a side street and The Hub would never have happened. It has transformed the centre of Paulton”
The Hub Library is still looking for volunteers as at least 6 of our volunteers have gone on to take up paid employment. If interested please pop into The Hub for a form or contact BANES voluntary services.
Finally, although The Hub Grub Café is closed temporarily, it is hoped it will reopen in the next few days.
The hanging baskets in the village are looking great.
There are a few hanging baskets left, if anyone would like one please either message us or email on email@example.com Cost is £30 per basket
From Claire Reynolds.....A really huge thank you to Paulton today! The infant school raised a massive- just over £188 and the coffee and cake morning and raffle over 500. So rounded up we have raised £800!! £200 will go to the ann conroy trust and £600 to ward 38! Thank you to everyone who donated prizes, brought tickets, helped by making drinks/washing up/wrote and folded raffle tickets, brought cakes at school, shared a coffee and cake, made cakes etc. So proud to say I live in Paulton. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Xx
From Chris Broom...
From Hub Grub.............Sorry to inform you Hub Grub is closed!
The council are looking for someone new to take over Hub Grub, and hope it will be re opened soon!
Thank you for your support over the last couple of years and sorry to close it so suddenly but it couldn't be helped!!!
The Midsomer Norton Greenway cycle path is going to be closed for repairs from Mid July for 2 or 3 weeks.
From Paulton Junior School.......
On Wednesday 17th June 2015, Grace Campbell, Ella Bryant and Jessica Lake went to Norton Hill School to compete in Robot gladiators. The team came 1st and won a gold medal each and a big trophy despite one of their team mates being unable to attend. A Year 5 boys’ team (Tom Gray, Jack Fisher, Henri Abbott and James Baldwin) also attended the event and came 5th.
The Theatre Royal Bath’s Engage programme will be resident at PJS for the week beginning Monday 22nd June. They are bringing a unique outdoor theatre space, dubbed the ‘Van-A-Torium’, and will be working with all children in the school to develop children’s drama skills and create outdoor performances which parents are invited to watch at the end of each day. They will also be hosting free workshops for parents to attend and develop new skills.
We heard the very sad news that Mr Mountjoy passed away last Saturday morning. He had been battling against cancer for some time and died peacefully at Dorothy House.
Mr Mountjoy, who had been our Site Manager for over 10 years, was such a popular, well liked member of our school and he will be missed by all the staff and children. He was a real inspiration to us all not only in the way that he fought against his illness but also because he raised thousands of pounds for cancer charities. He will be remembered fondly by everyone because he was such a great man to know; funny, kind, thoughtful and truly passionate about providing a wonderful school site for the children. We have opened a Book of Condolence which we would like to encourage everyone in our school community to write in. It is located in the school office. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
Party Preparation Well Under Way
The line-up for Paulton’s ever-popular Party in the Park has now been finalised.
On the big day, Saturday , July 18,at 2pm church bells will ring to announce the opening of the free event in the Memorial Park and this will be followed by the Paulton Infants School’s celebrated Umbrella Dance. Beckie Woodlands’ Boogie Bounce Extreme will then give a display, followed at 3pm by the Stardust Majorettes. The Paulton Fire Brigade will then provide a demonstration and then there will be a second Majorettes’ display and Jamie Woodlands’ Martial Arts team will close the arena events at 4.45pm.
The stage will then be set for this years' two headline acts, local bands Growler and Truth and the Happy Endings, who will play from 5.15and 6.45 respectively.
Meanwhile on the Multi-Use Games area there will be displays of netball and tennis ( with partygoers invited to participate).Classic cars will be on display at the far end of the Park and there will also be tame goats to admire. Paulton Band will be playing during the afternoon and there will be the usual array of stalls provided by local organisations. Refreshments will be available in the form of the beer tent, ice cream van and afternoon tea.
George Batchelar, Chair of the Organising Committee said: ‘Once again we have an exciting programme for the afternoon and we expect to see Paulton residents and others arrive in their thousands as they have they have done in previous years.’
Paulton Parish Council held a Highways Committee Meeting on 9th of June. 9 members of the public were also present.
Among the items discussed were the Pithay Crossing, Ham Lane, bus services, Gateway signage and Community speedwatch.
The agenda item raising the most interest was probably the School Travel Plan which caused an adjournement for a 30 minute period in order to allow the public to participate.
Full minutes of the meeting are available on the Council website
Paulton business man James Allen is a keen cyclist and is currently embarking on a challenge of travelling from John O Groats to Land's end in order to raise money for a specialist wheel chair for Henry Ford who will soon be attending secondary school.
Pride In Paulton Links with the Junior School
Pupils in year 4 have been working closely with volunteers from PIPP (Pride in Paulton Partnership) at The Hub to create an edibles garden. We have planted corn, lettuce, runner beans, peas, spring onions, strawberries, a variety of herbs and much, much more. Our plan is for the produce that we grow to be picked and eaten by local residents and businesses such as The Hub. We believe that everyone is entitled to freshly grown produce and it is our aim to create a sustainable source of fruit and vegetables for our community. Year 4 are really excited to be working outside, in our community; “I really enjoyed getting mucky whilst planting sweetcorn. I am looking forward to tasting the yummy corn on the cob in a few months time.” Tilly Harris-Weston (4S) “I hope that the community enjoy looking at and eating the edibles that we are growing.” Charlie Hopkins (4S) “It is great that we are helping our community. The PIPP people are doing a wonderful job at improving our environment. I am really proud to be a part of it!” Peter Hockley (4RG) (Above: Y4 at The Hub with PIPP) A
Although based in Timsbury, Sue is seeking to expand her classes and is willing to train Paulton residents on a one to one basis
The Ramblers Association have just published a new list of their Wednesday walks. (Click 'Clubs and Societies' find Ramblers under 'Adult Sport, Health and Fitness')
'The Ramblers welcome new walkers. Try a few walks and if you like the experience join the Ramblers, to access over 500 led walks each week across England. Mid - week walks start at a variety of times, please check programme. We also gather at High Street Car Park, Paulton, (by Golden Fields Chinese Take a Way) to share car driving.'
Dr Helena Crouch continues to lead the popular botany walks on Wednesday evenings.
Wed 3rd June participants will explore the Avon Wildlife Trust reserve at Folly farm and on Wed 10th June the walk will be at Eddford meadows.
Earlier in the year the group were enthralled to discover Early Purple Orchids in a local wood and the famous Bath Asparagus plant.
If you fancy joining this or any other Paulton groups click our Clubs and Societies tabs at the top of the page and follow the links.
Have you just moved to Paulton? Welcome packs are available from the Parish Council office
Pride in Paulton Partnership
have been busy planting and hanging the hanging baskets for 2015 in our village.
If you feel you can support the group in any way please contact them via our link at the top of the page
Children's Holiday Club Closed
Since 1975 Paulton children have been able to spend two hours every Wednesday afternoon of the holidays at a holiday club in the Wesley Hall. They played games, and learned about various subject, had trips out and enjoyed refreshments. Sadly the group has had to fold. This half term will be the first without.
The unwanted housing developments at Boxbury Hill and Abbott's Farm Close in Paulton will not happen, the developers' appeals have been dismissed.The Inspector rightly decided that BANES did have a 5 year housing supply and dismissed the need for additional housing.This means we have blocked future unwanted housing in Paulton
News from Paulton Junior School
Charlie McLachlan 5W - Last weekend I travelled with Southampton FC to play in the Westend Cup Football Tournament. I played 5 matches on Saturday and 5 on Sunday against local teams and Bundesliga Academy teams. My team played well and we won the plate competition, I scored 10 goals. I was especially happy as I was voted player of the tournament for Southampton. Afterwards, we toured the city and I saw the Berlin Wall and the Herta Berlin stadium where the Olympics were held. I really enjoyed my trip and look forward to representing Southampton again next season!
My name is Charlie Hopkins from 4S. Last weekend I went to Phasels Wood in Hertfordshire to compete in the 10th National Scout Archery competition through Cubs.
This was my first competition and I have only been training for a few months although I have tried it before at Cub camps.
I competed in Clout, Field and Target. Clout involved shooting at a flag 60 yards away, Field was shooting at targets in the woods at various distances and sometimes having to shoot round trees and bushes, and Target was shooting outside at a target 20 yards away.
When I left to go, all I expected to come back with was a smile on my face, but instead, not only did I come back with a smile on my face but also with two bronze medals. One for Under 11s Target, scoring 114, and one for Under 11s overall.
Charlie Hopkins 4S
Cub Scouts is open to young people aged between eight and ten and a half years old who want to join and can make the Cub Scout Promise.
Paulton Cub scout leaders are Jason & Rachel Phillips and they run meetings on Tuesday nights 6pm to 7.30 as well as offering and supporting activities for the youngsters on some weekends
What do Cubs do?
Cubs take part in a wide range of activities that are designed to be interesting and to challenge them. At the same time they have fun, adventure and make friends along the way. They do this through taking part in a programme of activities provided by the Leadership team such as: camping, playing games, trying new things and exploring the outdoors.
Selected Paulton Councillors are :-
Anthony Arnold, Margaret Barrett, Terry Bridgeman, Dawn & Mike Colliver, Graham Dix, Gail Garlick, Liz Hardman, Jeff Humphries, Shirley Long, Anne Lyons, Cyril Mitchard, Bob Piper, Tim Reakes, Hugh Warren, Les Wild and Marian Wild.
Community art Project
Kerry Baker wishes to thank those who have kindly donated in aid of the community craft project to decorate the fence next to the children’s play park. But, this is yet another call for help!! If anyone has any old/spare balls of wool they no longer need she would be happy to take them off your hands! She only need colours of the rainbow plus white and is more than happy to collect. Also, if anyone would like to make some pompoms then please feel free! She have some pompom makers which she is happy to lend out, they speed up the process.
Contact Kerry via Pride in Paulton Partnership
Open letter from Paulton's Ward Councillors
May 9th 2015
We would like to thank everyone who voted to return us as Paulton's BANES Councillors last Thursday
We are proud of what we in Paulton have achieved in the last few years: the setting up of The Hub, the popular library-cum-cafe, the return of the youth service to the village, and the environmental improvements made by the Pride in Paulton group.
In the years to come we hope to support further environmental improvements, including dealing with the problem of dog fouling, support the Paulton schools in expanding to accommodate the additional children in our community and defend our green spaces against unwanted developments.
We hope that residents who have done so much in the past will support us in these aims and we will all see a Paulton brighter, safer and confident of the future.
Cllr John Bull.
Cllr Liz Hardman.
The Big Ride out £1443.60 raised for Dorothy House. A big thank you to Rich Francis and everyone who helped and attended this great event. A very big thank you to Paulton Rovers for letting us hold the event and financially helping out. To everybody that helped with all the entertainment in the afternoon and the evening. The three bands and not forgetting the outriders (the Die Hards) who did a great job of marshalling the ride. Fantastic. DL
Paulton's controversial chicane has been removed. The cost of the removal will not come from the Paulton's S106 money.
If you want to understand further about 106 money we suggest you click this link to the town and country planning act 1990
Liz Hardman and John Bull have been elected as our Ward Councillors
Jacob Rees Moggs is elected with 50% of the votes!
Donations are collected by the local Churches and Tescos. We have observed that Tescos tends to add a donation proportionate to the amount of food which is donated to their store, so we recommend taking your donations there.
The Paulton web team
Paulton Junior School is updating its' Travel Plan
and would like to know how school travel affects you.
and follow the survey links.
Police Community Support Officer Rob Hendra presented a gift of high-viz jackets to Paulton Junior School on behalf of the Police Community Trust.
Headteacher Mr Grosvenor, had asked the Neighbourhood Police Team to come and talk to the pupils about the importance of road safety and awareness of the dangers when crossing the road and to support the safety message that they constantly tell their pupils with the result that Rob led an assembly to the whole school about the importance of road safety
Community Minibus available for use by Paulton Groups
The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Community Service Vehicle Trust was formed (Registered Charity No. 276166) in April 1967 with a Management Committee including representatives from user organisations. It is believed to be one of the longer established community transport groups in the United Kingdom. It has been, and still is, a lifeline to maintaining the independence of the elderly. It is vital that housebound people can maintain contact with their groups and social life, as well as enabling clubs to function.
We have a pool of drivers, willing to pick up groups from door to door, to ferry them to their clubs etc.
The Minibus is here for you!
So, local groups, why not consider using the Community Minibus? Please contact Stephen Powell (Bookings Co-ordinator) on 01761 413975 or David Shearn (Secretary/Treasurer) on 01761 413473 for more information. Thank you!
Party in the Park
If you would like a stall at Party in the Park please contact
Home No: 01761 414311
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Paulton has so much to celebrate.
The Harrington family recently took a trip to Windsor Castle where Beth and Alex took part in the annual St George's day parade. They got invited as they and 6 others from the local scouting network were awarded their Queens Scout award. The highest youth award in Scouting.
Pictured Alex, Mum Julie (our local Brownie leader), Beth, Neil (Scout master)
Congratulations from Yourpaulton web team!
Polish Residents run an amazing Polish day for children
It's happening in Paulton.......
Youth Connect support for young people not in education, training or employment
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Youth Connect team is now providing new drop-in sessions at 3 locations in the Somer Valley for young people aged 16-19 (or up to 25 with special educational needs) who are not in education, training or employment.
Youth Connect Personal Advisors offer one to one support to find educational, training or employment opportunities through the creation of an action plan and where necessary practical support. Young people are offered the chance to consider their options, aspirations and employment or education pathways.
The drop-in sessions take place:
· 1-2pm on Tuesdays at Radstock Youth Hub
2-3pm on Thursdays at The Hollies, Midsomer Norton
11.30am-12.30pm on Fridays at Paulton Library Hub
Young people who are not in education, employment or training may also request appointments or home visits outside of these drop-in sessions, if they wish to meet with a Personal Advisor. Parents or professionals who are working with young people aged 16-19 (or up to 25 with special educational needs) who are not in education, training or employment can refer them to Youth Connect so that they can be offered support.
For more information regarding these services in Somer Valley please call 01225 395055 or contact email@example.com.
Daniel Cattanach MCIPR, CIPR
You don't have to worship to contribute....
Holy Trinity church will be holding a flower festival during the first weekend of October. If you're feeling creative and you'd like to create a floral display for this event please contact Kathy 413109 or Ruth 414087
Ladies Boot Camp proves popular in Paulton
Ladies in Paulton are enjoying a 45 minute high intensity boot camp with Outdoor Fitness Coach Becks Toan as part of the try active partnership programme between Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bath Rugby Foundation and the Bath Chronicle. try active aims to get ‘More people, More active, More often’ whilst having FUN and hopes to create a sporting habit for life.
Personal trainer Becks utilises the space available at Paulton Memorial Park outdoor gym every Tuesday morning (9.15am) and Thursday afternoon (2pm) for the session which has seen the number of participants grow week on week. The boot camp uses ladders, ropes, weights and belts to create a fun, interactive and varied workout which Becks believes is the key to keeping her group motivated, “"The session is relaxed, fun and the group has a great team sprit. I try to mix up the sessions every couple of weeks, to keep each of the ladies interested. Next week I've planned to do a fun team game with the group all based on cardio-vascular fitness because the sessions over the last couple of weeks have been based on cross-training functional fitness exercises. It’s a session I very much look forward to each week because it’s such an enjoyable session to run mostly down to the spirit of the ladies in the group"
Firefighter Zoe, who joined the session for the first time this week as a way of altering her fitness routine said, “The circuit didn’t look much when I turned up, but it’s really tough, although still enjoyable.”
Nicola, mum of two, agreed and added “It’s good to do some cross-training, I usually just run and spin so I’m enjoying do upper body stuff”.
The 45 minute workout runs every Tuesday morning from 9.15am and costs £3 a session. For more information on the try active outdoor fitness sessions please see www.tryactive.org or email Becks.Toan@bathrugby.com