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
From Paulton Junior School
All year groups visited the church this week to celebrate Harvest. Rev. Guy Edwards spoke about the traditions and meaning of Harvest. Some children read poems and everyone filled the church with their fabulous, cheerful voices singing, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. Many thanks for all your kind donations to the Food Bank. The food was collected on Wednesday; it is going to a very good cause and will benefit many local families within the local area.
CALLING ALL STALLHOLDERS!
The annual Paulton Lights-On and Christmas Market celebrations are being held this year on Saturday 26th November.
The Christmas Market proved to be a very popular addition last year and we now have a few stalls available for hire. If you are interested please contact the Parish Council telephone 01761 413644 for more details.
Paulton Welcomes Women and World War One
Almost 70 Paulton residents enjoyed an evening last Saturday, commemorating the role of women in World War One through women’s stories told in their own words through letters, diaries and poetry. These stories were brought to life by a specially commissioned film, with music by female composers writing during the war, performed by local musicians Jacqueline Bevan, Jamie Hughes and Linda Stocks. The stories were beautifully narrated by Petra Schofield and Barbara Ingledew.
The event was took place in the Wesley Hall in Paulton, funded by Paulton Parish Council to commemorate the Great War and the often forgotten role women played in it. Refreshments were also funded by Paulton Parish Council and provided by the Wesley Hall catering team.
Many Parish Councillors attended the performance
Liz Hardman on behalf of the Parish Council welcomed all to the
event, mentioning that October 8th was a very special day for
Paulton residents as this was the day
the only recipient of a VC in B&NES in
WW1 Oliver Brooks, born in Paulton, received his VC.
All were delighted that the Chair of B&NES, Cllr Alan Hale attended(pictured) the performance. He thanked all at the end for a wonderful performance , stating “ It was outstanding and I thoroughly enjoyed it”
Super Stars After School Club will be opening on the 31st of October. We will be offering school collections for children attending both Paulton Infants and juniors with a second pick up at 4 pm to collect children from clubs. Children will be offered a snack on arrival and children staying after 5pm with be offered tea. We will supply activities along with spaces for your children to relax and socialise with their friends. We will also have a quiet room should they wish to complete any home work. We have a large outside area which the children will be able to access. If you would like further information or a booking form please email: email@example.com or call 01761404227
Super Stars After School Club is a brand new group opening soon in Paulton and Farrington Gurney.
We are looking for play leaders who are highly motivated, full of energy and bursting with fun activity ideas, along with a genuine passion for working with children of a primary age. A childcare qualification would be an advantage but not essential. You will need to be willing to be DBS checked and attend relevant training to ensure the club runs safely at all times. Hours and wages are negotiable dependent on experience. To apply please contact 01761 404 227 for an application pack. Closing date for applications is Friday the 14th of October.
food bank collection boxes at local Churches and Tescos
VILLAGE HALL DEFIBRILLATOR OUT OF ACTION DUE TO VANDALISM!
We regret to report that the defibrillator at the village hall was vandalised on Monday evening and has had to be put out of action for a week until it can be repaired! This is obviously a very serious and disturbing act and if anyone saw anything unusual could it please be reported to the Parish Council offices on 413644 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a vitally important piece of life-saving equipment for the village and has already been used on one occasion so please help to protect it and spread the word! The village hall has been subject to a lot of vandalism over the last few months and we would be very grateful if residents could keep a look out for any suspicious activity when in the area.
A new chapter for Paulton Infant School’s library
Young bookworms at Paulton Infant School are rejoicing following the revamp of their library organised and realised by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
The pupils can now enjoy a bright, stimulating and modern school library, after 6 months of research and planning by teaching staff, parents and the children themselves.
Using funds raised by the school community over the last year, an army of parents and grandparents donated their time and effort to help bring the project to life during the summer holidays.
The new-look library now features a woodland theme – with new carpet, new bookcases and fresh decorations – including illustrations by Paulton artist Michelle Lawrence. The space offers cosy corners with comfy seating and arty elements to encourage children to explore what’s on offer, as well as areas to display the children’s own artwork.
Julie Hogan, Headteacher of Paulton Infant School, said: “The children love it and all of the staff are delighted with the end result. We now have a totally-transformed flexible and inviting space, which can be used for small groups or whole class work. We can’t thank everyone enough for their invaluable help and support.”
As well as becoming more welcoming, the library also boasts some green credentials – with UV and climate control window film to protect books from sunlight whilst retaining heat to reduce energy bills, and a decorative tree of knowledge made out of recycled cardboard packaging.
Paulton Infant School’s PTA would like to offer special thanks to:
· Wickes, Midsomer Norton for donating materials
· B & Q, Longwell Green for discounts and extra support
· The Window Film Company for installing UV and climate control window film
· Richard Lewis for fitting the carpet
· All the volunteer helpers for their time, energy and commitment.
The PTA is continuing to work on replenishing and updating the library stock, with the teaching staff adding books to a wish list.
Thank you to everyone who baked, donated and ate at this mornings Coffee morning in aid of Macmillan cancer care.
We raised an amazing £87!!! Which is a fantastic amount. Well done everyone!!
Paulton Bee Keeper concerns
A Paulton bee keeper has contacted us with information regarding the Asian Hornet.
You may have heard on the news that this species has arrived in the Uk. It has been spotted in Gloucestershire. It is aggressive and poses a threat to our native bee.
Please take time to read the information.
Our news space is a little small but there is a clear web address from which you can find out more. The pictures provide clear comparisons between the hornet and our native bees. Do contact the association if you spot the hornet.
As part of Paulton’s commemoration of World War One in 2016, a tribute to the women of World War One will be shown in the Wesley Methodist Hall, Paulton on Saturday 8th at 7.30.Doors will be open from 6.30 onwards, when light refreshments will also be served.
It will be a most entertaining evening, with live music and a specially commissioned film. Music will be performed by local musicians Jacqueline Bevan, Jamie Hughes and Linda Stocks.The evening will cost you nothing as entry is free and refreshments are also free.
The evening is being sponsored by Paulton Parish Council.Anne Lyons, chairman of Paulton Parish Council said:
“Paulton Parish Council are delighted to be sponsoring the ‘WOMEN OF WORLD WAR ONE’ event being held on 8th October in Paulton Methodist Hall. This is the second event where Paulton Parish Council have paid tribute in remembering the 100 years since the breakout of the First World War of 1914-1918. It will be a tribute in words, music and images.”
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The Paulton Magazine team are now starting to put together the December edition of this publication. If you have any articles, photos, letters or news you would like to be included then please send them to email@example.com by 24th October at the latest.
We rely on parishioners for interesting information and stories to put in the magazine and look forward to hearing from you soon.
The Paulton Magazine Team
First Aid Refresher Course
We found this post on PBA from Laney Sandon James
Places available on a First Aid Refresher Course in Paulton on Tuesday 15th November 10am - 12pm. £20 per person contact Laney via Paulton Barmy Army
Seen in Paulton
A Paulton resident has sent us this picture of a slow worm which was probably found in his garden.
Slow worms are often mistaken for snakes but are in fact legless lizards. They have eyelids and ears which snakes apparently do not have.
Slow worms will be getting ready for hibernation now. They tend to take refuge under planks of wood and stones left undisturbed in the garden. They like compost heaps as food is plentiful and rotting plants provide warm conditions for them.
MP comes to Paulton Junior School
On Friday 23rd September, Paulton Junior School welcomed local MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, after he was invited by Year 4. He had a tour of the school followed by a discussion with the school council. He then attended a question and answer session with Year 4. They presented him with a petition for Teresa May, asking her Government to do more for children in conflict ridden countries who are not able to access an education. He ended his visit with an assembly for the whole school, in which he discussed how to become an MP and answered many more questions. The children enjoyed his visit and Year 4 are now awaiting a reply from Teresa May.
Elm Hayes is taking bookings for annual flu clinics.
Please remember to book your appointment
if you are:-
Over 65 years of age
Currently undergoing chemotherapy
A registered carer
If you or your chid have one of the following conditions:-
Asthma – and are on more than one inhaler
Heart conditions such as heart failure or coronary heart disease
Asthma – and are on more than 1 inhaler
Neurological conditions eg MS Parkinsons Disease, Immunosuppressed
Success for Paulton’s Bus Campaign
Campaigners and Councillors were heartened to learn that First Bus would be reinstalling some of their 379 journeys which have been axed. This was as a result of the campaign organised by Paulton B&NES Councillors, John Bull and Liz Hardman, along with residents such as Cyril Mitchard. A petition was launched both on line and in shops and services locally.Altogether 835 signatures were collected.
This petition was presented to the Managing Director of First Bus, James Freeman at a meeting in the Guildhall, Bath.He then announced some of the changes that will be made to bus routes in our area.
However, these changes are quite limited.Only three extra buses will follow the old 379 route. John Bull said “There will be a limited peak hour service with two “fast buses” from Paulton to Bristol in the morning and one journey back from Bristol in the evening..” These buses will be on a newly named route number 177.
However, Cyril Mitchard (Paulton Parish Councillor but speaking in a personal capacity)
Said” It’s a shame that First Bus and B&NES have only agreed to these three journeys from Paulton to Bristol.More are needed on the return journey and at morning peak times.There is still no direct bus from Paulton to Bristol on a Sunday.”
Other changes include the 172 operating in a loop including Downsway.
All these changes will take place from November 13th.
Finally, Liz Hardman added “Whereas we appreciate the efforts made by First Bus and B&NES to reinstate some services previously offered by the 379, we are disappointed that only three new bus journeys are planned but it is a start.We now need to keep the pressure on First Bus and B&NES to show that more services on the new177(but old 379)are needed. Residents need to keep contacting First Bus, B&NES Cabinet member for Transport, Tony Clarke and your B&NES Councillors Liz Hardman and John Bull to let us know where more services are needed”
From the Methodist Church
Weekly e newsletter from B&NES
Items can be donated at Tescos or our local Churches
Thanks to everyone who has shown interest in this years Christmas Ball. We've had so many enquiries we have decided to hold 2 this year. The first will be on 10th December and will include a 3 course meal, Disco, Band (El Toro), Wine and Casino tables. Price for this is £46pp. The other night will be on the 17th December and will include a 3 course meal, disco, Wine and casino tables. Price for this night is £42pp. Both evenings are Vegas themed black tie for the gents and best dress for the ladies. Anyone whose been before will know the food is amazing!
Anger, Shock and Dismay for Paulton Residents
Shock, anger and dismay is what many Paulton residents have felt as they returned from holiday to find changes to the First Bus timetable. The greatest change will be the loss of the 379 “Fast Bus” to Bristol.First Bus will say that they have changed the route of the 178 to take passengers to Bristol.However, this is a much slower bus and is not as frequent as the 379.It also terminates at Bristol Bus Station, unlike the 379 which goes to the centre of Bristol, before terminating at the Bus Station.
B&NES Councillors John Bull and Liz Hardman (pictured) are organising a petition to be sent to B&NES and First Bus, asking for the 379 to be reinstated.It will be available in Paulton Parish Council Office , the Post Office, The Hub,Paulton News and our local pubs.There are also plans to put this survey on line.
Also organising the petition is Cyril Mitchard,(pictured)a local resident who said “We as a community here in Paulton have been let down very badly by both B&NES and First Bus.It’s not just the 379 which has been removed, but it is the new bus the 172, which just doesn’t meet Paulton’s needs.This new route starts at the War memorial in Paulton, totally ignoring all our other areas.It should go up Farrington Road, down Downsway, taking in the bus stop by the new estates, Bovis an Barrett.
”Hugh Warren (pictured)also a frequent bus user is keen that as many people as possible will sign this petition to put pressure on First Bus to reinstate the 379.
Paulton's Public Art
Paulton residents have been asking us what has happened to the public art installation for which the developers of the Purnell/Polestar site were supposed to have set aside £10,000 as one of the conditions for gaining planning permission. We have now been told by a BANES planning officer that a change to national planning policy makes it impossible for the Council to insist on this obligation being met. As a gesture towards it we understand that the developers have paid for ornamental railings on one of the Bovis show houses. However it seems unlikely that these have cost £10,000 and consequently we will be writing to Bovis to ask them to remove such a claim from their publicity material.
Cllr John Bull
Cllr Liz Hardman
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Changes to Bus Services......
Following the resignation of Councillor Bob Piper there are now 4 casual vacancies to Paulton Parish Council.
Please contact the office if you are interested in becoming a Councillor.
Paulton Design Company
chosen to design
show home interiors at the Chocolate Quarter's in Keynsham
Jane Clayton and Co of Old Mills trading estate Paulton have been commissioned to design the show home interiors in the new village for the elderly in the previous Chocolate factory in Keynsham .
Jayne will be offering a unique service whereby prospective residents can purchase any of the show home furnishing or she will help the residents to develop their own ideas.
Spotted on PBA
Would anyone be interested in purchasing an advertising board to be on display for your business at Cam Valley Playing Fields at Purnells in Paulton? Cost per board between £60 - £100 depending on size and then an annual charge of £100 which covers from September - September. If at the end of the year you wish to not continue we return your board to you. A great opportunity to get your business known at our amazing ground that 260 children use and 50 adults. It can be anyone not just our players families or sponsors, so if you are a local business wishing to advertise at a well used venue then think of us.
Contact Claire Burton or Gail Garlick
Paulton Speed Watch Patrol
Brian Wessell is looking for parishioners who would like to support a speed watch patrol in the village. He has been liaising with PCSO's who are keen to progress with this. He currently has five people interested in the Winterfield/Oakland area but would like a much bigger team. Can you help?
Changes to Refuse and Recycling coming to Paulton in 2017
Bath & North East Somerset residents are invited to have their say on the creation of a West of England Mayoral Combined Authority
PRESS RELEASE: 13th July 2016
“Paulton Infant School ‘continues to be good’ says OFSTED”
Paulton infants school had its Ofsted inspection on 16th June and was judged to be a ‘Good’ school.
Her Majesty’s Inspector, Lorna Brackstone commented that since the last inspection in 2011, ‘substantial improvements to the early years environment’ have been made ‘and this has accelerated the progress that children make’. She noted that children ‘confidently access a wide range of interesting resources which stimulate their thinking, develop their key skills and support learning’.
She recognised how teaching is tailored to meet specific needs of children and that ‘those who require extra challenge or help are supported by teaching assistants. This has had a strong impact on accelerating progress’.
Importantly, her report said that ‘pupils enjoy their learning and fully involve themselves in tier tasks, and classrooms have a positive buzz…all pupils including those who are disadvantaged, have made good progress…The most able pupils show a high level of engagement in the topics they are learning about’.
Since the appointment of Julie Hogan as Headteacher in January 2015, there has been lots of work to improve play opportunities, noted by HMI who commented that ‘by making effective use of outdoor learning areas…you and your team have made a significant impact on their improving skills…’
Mrs Hogan says “we are all incredibly proud as since the last time the school was inspected there have been many changes to the Ofsted Inspection Framework which now has even higher expectations before a school is graded good or better. We will now of course be working on our next steps to reach ‘Outstanding’.
Garry Yoxall, Chair of Governors said “The school has a fantastic history of delivery good outcomes reflecting in four previous assessments as ‘Good’ during more stable periods against less rigorous assessment criteria. Following recent changes I am delighted with the report which confirms my belief that the school has never been better positioned to kick on and achieve ’Outstanding’ status.”
It is clear that Paulton Infant School is serving the community extremely well, and as summarised by one parent’s comment, “This is a fantastic school where my child is very happy….they treat each child as an individual and address their individual needs.”
For more information about spaces available at Paulton Infant School or to arrange a visit please call 01761 412354 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
with many thanks
The Department for Education has released results from SAT tests taken by 10 and 11-year-old primary school pupils in the summer.
This is the first year of the new tests under the new curriculum. Paulton Junior School are delighted that they are out performing the figure for National Age Related Expectations (N.A.R.E.).
From Paulton Junior School.....
Jeff Mountjoy’s Memorial Bench
We held a special assembly in the Playscape recently to unveil our new bench in memory of our much loved caretaker Mr Jeff Mountjoy. The bench was kindly donated by Sean Dando (parent) and we thank both Sean and the PTA for organising this fitting tribute.
Governor Vacancies We have 4 vacancies on our Governing Body for either parents or community representatives to join a great team and to engage in some very worthwhile voluntary work. If you are interested or know someone who may be, then please contact Mr Pratten in the office or arrange to meet with one of our existing governor’s to find out about the role.
Paulton Junior School building work has begun!
They are building a four classroom block and extending both the hall and the staff room. The project will run until February 2017.
Interested in becoming a Library Volunteer? We are always on the lookout for new people. Then contact Council Direct 01225 394041
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