Installation of Defibrillator
On Monday 22nd September a defibrillator is being installed at Paulton Village hall

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a device which can be used by anyone (even untrained people) to save the life of a person when they are having a cardiac arrest (heart attack).

Before using a defibrillator always make sure the casualty is in a dry area.  Stay away from any wetness.  If necessary move the casualty. 

 Then turn the power on and the device will give you step by step instructions.

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Harvest Time is here again and the warehouse volunteers have provided us with a list
of our current needs. I'm sure you will find it useful even if you have already held your
Harvest Festival.
Although we have plenty of baked beans, soup and pasta, we will be pleased to receive
all other items with a reasonable use-by date. We are particularly short of the following :
biscuits          milk (UHT)
coffee            puddings
custard          rice packets
instant mash    
fruit juice (long life)
tinned fish
tinned meat     spaghetti
* Chocolate, sweets, ketchup etc. and toiletries are always welcome, too.
With many thanks to all of you,

Remember food donations can be given via Paulton's Churches and Tescos have regular collections.

Somer Valley Foodbank – Data August 2014



Number of vouchers fulfilled                      42        (Jul 38)

Adults Fed                                                      80        (Jul 68)

Children Fed                                                  49        (Jul 27)

Total Fed                                                      129     (Jul 95)


(Since 01 January 2014 the Foodbank has fulfilled 344 vouchers and fed 594 Adults and 394 Children – Total of 988 Fed)


Crisis Type

The following are the reasons for the crisis shown on the voucher during August 2014.

Benefit Delays           44.19%

Low Income               14.73%

Benefit Changes        13.95%

Delayed Wages          9.3%

Child holiday meals   7.75%                        



(Since 01 January 2014 the main reason for the issue of vouchers has been due to – Low Income 29.8%, Benefit Delays 28.38%, Benefit Changes 18.99% and Debt 6.16%.)


Agency - Voucher Providers

The following agencies have issued the most vouchers during August 2014.


DHI Online                                                     17

CAB                                                                 6

SV Childrens Centre                                      6

PSJ Youth Hub                                               4


(Since 01 January 2014 the Agencies who have issued the most vouchers are: DHI Online x 129, CAB x 52, Somer Valley Children’s Centre 26, Peasedown Youth Hub 225.


Food Donation

We have received a total of 333.1 kilos of food during August 2014.


Normal Collections               236.82 kg

Supermarket                         96.24 kg



A total of 14 churches/individual/organisations have donated food to the Foodbank during August 2014.


News in brief from Paulton Infant School

The  new build at Paulton Infant school is  almost complete giving  three new beautifully designed, airy and spacious classrooms a massively increased hall space for PE, Games, Assemblies, after school clubs and concerts.

It also includes a brand new state-of-the-art semi -production kitchen. This new kitchen will allow food that doesn’t travel well, to be prepared on the premises.

A new cook has been appointed and with a team of workers provides nutritious well-balanced meals for all children.

The Governing Body of Paulton Infant School have placed adverts on TES (the Times Educational Supplement On-line version) and the B&NES’ website seeking applications for a new permanent Headteacher following the retirement of Mrs Sloyan at the end of last academic year.


Marie Curie Cancer Care is seeking volunteers


Marie Curie Cancer Care is looking for volunteers in Pensford, Temple Cloud, Clutton, Bishop Sutton & Paulton  to look after collection tins placed in shops in these areas.


Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free high quality nursing to terminally ill patients in their own homes. The money generated by the collection tins will go towards providing care in the BS39 area and last year Marie Curie cared for over 10,596 hours

 in the Bristol area. This is a great opportunity to become part of something that will really make a difference to others.


It will be the responsibility of the volunteer to visit the shops around every 3 months, ensuring that all tins are correctly labelled, sealed and secured as necessary. They could develop relationships with each of the sites to help us gain continued support for the charity. This activity can fit into their spare time as and when.


By sparing a little time, someone will be doing something extremely worthwhile, whilst also gaining valuable experience in fundraising activities. It is also a great way to meet new people.


Anyone interested in finding out more, please call Natalie on 0117 9247 275 or email our office ( to find out more.


From Becky Woodlands...

 I'm starting new fitness classes in Paulton. It's called Boogie Bounce Xtreme and it's a class on mini trampolines. It's brilliant fun, all choreographed to funky music and brilliant for knees and hips. My page on fb is Boogie Bounce Xtreme Radstock/Paulton/MSN - Radstock. My mobile is 07841125927 if anyone wants more info.

Please be aware there has been a recent increase in rural break ins such as shed 
breaks for tools and machinary.

Please review your security on all outbuildings and report any suspicious 

Please follow the link for further advice: 

If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call 
anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111.  For general 
information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the 

For Kids
New dance and fitness zumba classes are taking place at Paulton Rovers
from Friday 12th September. 4.15 - 5.  No need to book.  Try first class for free. 
Fenella Taylor of Leeds has posted..

I popped through the village on the weekend (cup of coffee at dad's before coming on home from Devon). I thought the flower tubs looked lovely and really made the village stand out. I think Paulton looked the prettiest I can remember.

Well done Pride In Paulton and all the helpers.

The Paulton Letter is in the process of being delivered to all households in Paulton.  If you haven't received your copy in the next week or so please drop in to the council offices.

Elm Hayes Surgery are now booking for flu jabs, shingles and children's flus, please ask at reception if you are eligible.
Autumn Term
Soon schools, clubs and societies restart after the Summer break.  If you are looking for new members for your group why not advertise with us.  It is free for all Paulton activities.

If you have a particular interest you would like to share with us we would love to hear from you......Are there any keen gardeners out there who would like a regular spot telling us what to do in our gardens, weather forecasters, nature lovers, sports commentators. etc? Please contact us.

Spotted on Paulton Barmy Arm....Mel's post.......

 I would like to share some positive thoughts about our village.
Today me & my 2 small boys faced a boring day stuck at home. In actual fact, we have had a lovely morning walking around the village, playing in the very well kept memorial park, and having a nice, fairly priced lunch in the hub whilst using the library facilities.
We feel very privileged to live in a village with such well kept amenities & services, & a parish council that is genuinely enthusiastic about making it the best it can be . There is always room for improvement, but days like today remind me why I like living here

Change of routine? 
Need a bus to Bath or Bristol? 
Click the links below




August 23rd
Parents Please Read This!!!!
(Sorry we don't know more details)
A 10 year old girl was walking to her nans house from her great Nans house in Paulton. It's only 1 road away, when a van pulled up beside her and a man told her to get in !!. The girl had the sense to run to her Nan and the incident was reported to the police.The police did house to house inquiries and have got more information. Let's hope this man is found


Dawn Minall of Paulton has written to us about her book.
She recently lead a 'book signing' at Midsomer Norton Library.

'My book is titled MY HERO and is a collection of poems sent to me from my cat after I had to have him put to sleep. They started within 30 mins of him passing to spirit and although nothing like it had ever happened to me before, I knew it was from him. They continued for about a month. I had to write them exactly as he gave them to me or he would stop. The poems are obviously from him to me and vice versa, although none of it was my doing. He died in 2006 but I could not get anyone to publish. I had promised him I would get his words heard. I decided to self publish so I could keep my promise to him.'

 The book is available from amazon, waterstones and w h smith and as an e book from amazon. Dawn also has some some copies available so it would save postage. Her contact details are;
01761 413598/07541 199549


The warehouse needs are :
Long Life Fruit Juice
Flavoured Noodles
We still have plenty of baked beans, soup and pasta, thank you.


A candle vigil was held  at the war memorial 10-11pm on August 4th ....

Liz Hardman tells us ...We lit 2 candles, one for those who lost their lives in WW1 and one for those who returned but were traumatised by the war.We also lit 28 candles for those 28 from Paulton who lost their lives in WW1.This vigil was organised by PiPP (Pride in Paulton Partnership) and the 3 ladies in the pics are Gail Garlick, Becky Parker and Hilary Smythe.The Lamb Pub was brilliant as they served us mulled wine and turned their lights off

Paulton’s Day of Remembrance Sunday August 3rd


The sun was shining as almost 200 people gathered In Paulton’s Memorial Park, to commemorate the centenary of the out break of World War 1. A service entitled “Praise in Paulton”, included hymns, a bible reading and prayers,was set up by Julia Wells and  led by Rev Audrey Simpson and Rev Barrie Clarke.It also included readings depicting scenes from WW1, based on Paulton, from an old man who has seen war before (in the Boer War), to a very young man going off to fight,to a mother waiting news of her son, to a small child imaging what the fighting was like, to those lucky enough to have survived and who were coming home and finally to what it must have been like to receive that telegram informing you your husband had died.

The readers are pictured above and included a range of people from within the community. All the readers read with passion and feeling, especially the youngest,Kathryn Cockle.

After the service in the park, the crowd moved on to a short service at the War Memorial,organised by Dave Hamblin, British Legion, Paulton.Twenty eight crosses were laid to remember the twenty eight men from Paulton, who lost their lives in WW1.

Wreaths were laid by Les Wild, chair of Paulton Parish Council (pictured with Ken Rideout, British Legion, Paulton, Liz Hardman, B&NES Councillor, Paulton and Sergeant Adam Lyons.

(Sergeant Adam Lyons from Paulton is a member of the Royal Marines who has been on active service in Afghanistan and Iraq.)

After the service refreshments were served in the Cellar Club.Many thanks to the Methodist Church for providing these.

This is the first of Paulton’s commemorations of WW1.A series of events are planned over the next four years.The next event will take place on Friday,September 19th, Holy Trinity Church at 7pm, to include music, songs and readings from the WW1 period.All welcome.

Thanks to Bernard Newton for the photographs


Do you enjoy taking photographs of Paulton people and events. If so we'd love to see them to consider for inclusion on the web site.


More details of events......

Paulton Remembers the Outbreak of World War 1


A special committee has been set up in Paulton to commemorate those who fought and died in World War One.Many activities have been planned over the next four years coinciding with the centenary of the war.

Two members of the British Legion,(pictured) Dave Hamblin and Ken Rideout will be standard bearers of the Paulton British Legion and North Somerset Light Infantry flags, at the service at the War memorial, organised by Dave Hamblin.Both men have seen active service. Ward Councillor John Bull commented “It’s good to see this event taking place commemorating the huge sacrifice made by the many who died”. Fellow Ward Councillor Liz Hardman remarked  “Not only has Paulton organised this service of praise on Sunday for all who participated in World War One, but also, Paulton Junior School pupils have painted pictures of the war which are on display around the village.

 Most Commemorative Events for Paulton will begin on Sunday 3rd August with a commemorative service in the park.  This will be followed by the laying of wreaths and crosses at the war memorial .

 This is the 35th anniversary of the unveiling, and the 75th Anniversary of Arnhem.

There will be lots going on.  It is a free event but obviously donations are always welcome so that double hills can be remembered for ever. 

This year the organisers are hoping to have even more children to lay poppies just as they do in Arnhem.  The relatives of the soldiers would be there and they would welcome the attendance of as many Paulton residents as possible.

Later in September (on 19th) there is to be an evening of poetry and prose organised by councillor John Bull at Holy Trinity Church.

Sunday 9th November is the nations  Remembrance Sunday and we will bring you news of village events nearer the time.

On the week following, Sunday 23rd November there will be a Sing Along of songs from the war years.  This will chart the different moods of the wars from the feelings of grand adventure to the harsh realities, and incorporate the sentimental, defiant and sometimes humorous moods of the British public.  The team leading the event were responsible for the very successful Christmas  Sing Along last year.  Be sure to come and join in!
First World War Trail

Paulton Junior children have  been working with PIPP to design a commemorative First World War trail. This project involved investigating different aspects of life during the war and creating canvasses to represent their findings. These canvasses will be displayed in businesses around the village during the next term, so keep your eyes peeled.

Early in July the Methodist Church put on a Flower Festival the theme of which was 'Remember This'.  Contributors exhibited displays based on significant events of the 20th and 21st century.  One could not fail to be impressed by Sylvia Fielden's display depicting the start of the Great War and of Carol Wilkes display on the Women's Land Army among many others.  If anyone has any photos we would love to share them here for those who were unable to attend the event.

If you know of any other events in the village please send us an email.





 Scenes from Party in the Park

Julie Harrington12:01pm Jul 3
Healthy Lifestyle Service
Look out for the launch of our new initiative " stop smoking in five minutes" - its new, its good and it works...


Greenvale Road - parking

There have been complaints from residents in

Greenvale Road regarding inconsiderate parking,

especially as this area is mainly for elderly people.

Many are disabled and need to park outside their

homes so PLEASE leave this area clear. 

New Paulton Author

We have a new author in the village. His name is Michael J. Rayhill. He has lived in the village for over 40 years and as he is approaching retirement has decided to release a book he wrote many years ago. Retirement will give him the time to give his full attention to his book and to pursue further writing. His book is called RUN MOTHER TO BE and is based in the village although he has had to change the name to Calton. He explains, “The reason I have changed the name is because I have moved the old Coal Canal Basin about a mile further up the valley towards the village. I have used other points of interest such as The Ridge Path and the old Saxon Burial Ground which local people will recognise but have been altered slightly in my book.” Rayhill says that the house used is where he lived most of his adult life in Paulton in Valley View Road which, in the book is referred to as Valley Road. “It’s what I like to call a fantasy thriller when a young pregnant mum goes on the run thinking she has committed a murder. There’s some mysticism involved and some, at times, shocking violence so it’s not for the faint hearted.” Rayhill likes to think his book deals with ordinary people confronted by extraordinary circumstances. “All too often books take you into upper class houses and mansions and the local landed gentry who have to face murder, mayhem and scandal. Which is all very well but what about the ordinary folk, the struggling mortgage payers bringing up families, don’t they get involved in adventures too?” People who have read the book have commented that it is “brilliant” “absorbing” and “a thoroughly good read”.
See what YOU think....
By Michael J. Rayhill
Available NOW On AMAZON or
Follow this link


Paulton Councillors

have complained over the Radford Potholes and Banes will be fixing them



 For full details of any of our clubs and societies please view and click from our clubs and societies page.  We try to ensure that all details are up to date.  If you know anything to be incorrect please let us know.  If you are an organiser of a club or society please keep in touch with us and tell us what you are doing.  Please try to check regularly that the details of your club are current. 

Please note we try to feature 'open events' here. 

Details of 'bookable' events are in the news column.


Wednesday 17th September



Raising Funds for Paulton Scout & Guide Hall


On Saturday 18 October 2014


From 2-4pm at the Scout & Guide Hall, Plumptre Road, Paulton, BS39 7RD


Entry 25p (Children Free)


Clothes, toys, bric-a-brac, books and much more….

Refreshments available.



Friday,September 19th,

 Holy Trinity Church  7pm,

An evening of music, songs and readings

from the WW1 period.

All welcome

A new season of talks starts on 18 September with a talk from 
Dr Francis Burroughes entitled 
7.30pm in the Wesley Hall
Click on Paulton History to see the year's programme 


Sunday 21st @ 4.00 p.m.

Paulton Baptist church invite you to...

Messy Church

For all the family


Wednesday 24th September



Saturday 27th @ 6.00 p.m.

Paulton Baptist Church invite you to...

‘Bring & Share’

Harvest Supper


Sunday 28th @ 10.30 a.m.

Paulton Baptist Church

Harvest Celebration for everyone!



Wednesday 1st October


At Red Lion....




Saturday 4th October 2014 at 7 pm



Tickets:  £7.00 Adults & £3.50 Children

(including Supper)

Available from Mark Middleton (01761 451652) or Hazel Bowell (01761 416127)




Wednesday October 8th

Wednesday October 15th




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