B&NES and Parish Councillors Support Oldest Business in Paulton
B&NES and Parish Councillors turned up in numbers to support the refurbishment of Taylors Clocks and Watches business in Paulton’s High Street. Lee Taylor who runs the shop commented” The refit of the shop and showroom will allow us to show the clocks and watches to their best. The response over this weekend has been quite staggering in terms of sales and number of visitors. There clearly is a real interest in high quality antique clocks”
B&NES Councillors John Bull and Liz Hardman(Paulton) attended as did Les Keogh (High Littleton)Paulton Parish Councillors, Terry Bridgeman, Hugh Warren and Anne Lyons (pictured)also turned out in force to support this venture. Chair of Paulton Parish Council, Anne Lyons said” It’s good to see a business like this thriving in Paulton. We think it is the longest surviving business in Paulton and we wish them every success”
Pictured: From left: John Bull (B&NES Councillor) Val Bridgeman, Terry Bridgeman (Paulton Parish Councillor), Les Keogh (B&NES Councillor), Liz Hardman (B&NES Councillor) behind Liz, Lee and Steve Taylor, owners, Hugh Warren (Paulton parish Councillor), Mrs Keogh and Anne Lyons, chair of Paulton Parish Council
Paulton Does Us Proud at the B&NES Community Awards
B&NES Community Awards is an opportunity to thank our volunteers who do such a good job in helping our local community.Last Thursday, a special commemorative event was held in the Guildhall to thank our local volunteers and Paulton volunteers were well represented.
In the Volunteer Team of the Year, Laney Sandon James and husband Mark were nominated for their work with the homeless in Bath. Every Saturday afternoon, Laney and her husband Mark make their way from Paulton to Bath, armed with warm clothes and food for homeless people sleeping rough. If you’d like to make a donation or to help in any way, please contact them at: email@example.com
Also nominated for the Volunteer Team of the year was Pride in Paulton (PiP) which is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to improving the environment in Paulton. They do this by providing hanging baskets in the Summer and Christmas Trees in the winter and planting and caring for flowers throughout the village.
Nominated for Volunteer Leader of the Year was another Paulton resident, Julie Harrington. Julie does a huge amount of work for Paulton Brownies and has raised a considerable sum of money for Macmillan Cancer Support through coffee mornings.
Finally the Business in the Community Award included Tim Jennings formerly of Somer Bus. Tim has been instrumental in ensuring for the first time ever, a school bus runs from Paulton to Norton Hill School. He even drives the bus himself, although he is unofficially retired.
B&NES Councillor, Liz Hardman said “ it was such a wonderful evening to see all these volunteers who make such a difference to people’s lives. I was so proud of our Paulton nominees, who are doing so much for local people”
From left, Hilary Smythe and Gail Garlick (PiP) Clark Alan Hale ( Chair B&NES)
Laney and Mark (Bath Homeless Project )
Now on Holiday timetable
From Elm Hayes Surgery Newsletter.......
3 CQC Inspectors spent a day in the surgery in early November to review our service particularly focussing on the care we give to 5 patient groups to ensure that we are Safe, Effective, Caring, Well Led and Responsive.
We are very proud to announce that following our CQC Inspection in November we received a rating of Good in all areas.
From our Junior School.....
Paulton Junior School are the newly crowned Somerset Football Champions. The team were representing BANES after winning the MSN Tournament and as such competed against the best 12 schools in Somerset at Bridgewater College
We are due to be handed back our new extended hall on Monday 20th February (hence the school closure) and the 4 classroom extension just before the Easter Holidays
David Knowles did Paulton Junior School proud on Sunday when he competed in the Schools Southern Zonal Trampolining Championship, bringing home the gold medal (well trophy to be exact) and in doing so goes to the National finals in March.
Radstock Museum and Paulton Junior School
Just a reminder of some of the weekly things
which happen at the Wesley Hall.....
Be a voice
in the redesigning of
in the area
From the Food Bank....
January was a very busy month at the Distribution Centres and the warehouse is now very short of tinned tomatoes.
Contribution are welcome at Tescos and our local Churches
Super Stars After School Club opened on the 31st of October 16. Why not have a look at our facebook page to see what we have been upto and check out our fantastic promotions
It's never too early to volunteer.....
Sunday September 3rd
Arnhem Memorial Service
Assemble at the Rec. 1.45pm.
We need more people to do little tasks ( Car Parking etc) and take part.
Phone Pete's Yeates on 07521 372387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all Knitters
Paulton Baptist Church would like anyone who can knit to help them send as many blankets as possible to an Orphanage in Romania in March. What they need is knitted squares on 4mm needles in double knitting wool. Cast on 33 stitches and in a plain stitch until the square measures 6 inches.
Paulton Parish Council supports local good causes that benefit parishioners. In the 2016/17 financial year the Parish Council has supported:
If you would like to apply for a grant, please refer to our grant policy and complete the application form. Applications are available from 2nd January to 27th February 2017. Closing date for applications is Friday 17th March 2017.
PAULTON’S PARTY IN THE PARK; BACK FOR 2017
Paulton’s popular free Party in the Park, which had to be cancelled in 2016, will be back this year on Saturday July 1st between 2 and 9pm, in the Memorial Park.
Local bands Call the Shots and Parfenon will lead the entertainment and there will be the usual attractions,such as the majorette displays, displays by local sports groups and martial arts and a visit by a flotilla of vintage cars. Refreshments will include a beer tent , pizza stall, ice cream and cream teas and children will be entertained by a bouncy castle. There will also be a host of stalls provided by local organisations and people from further afield.
Chair of the Organising Committee George Batchelar said; The Party in the Park has been massively popular with Paulton people and others in the past and we are hoping that this free event willattract the crowds again in 2017.
Attached photo shows the Committee .From l.to r.: George Bachelar, John Bull, Liz Hardman, Anne Lyons, Hugh Warren, Bernard Newton.
Paulton Concert Band
Paulton concert band are a group of musicians playing a range of music from marches to musicals. We welcome anyone to join us who play brass, woodwind or percussion, etc. We particularly need a drummer/ percussionist to come along and join us. You don't have to be an expert. Please get in touch if you are interested. We practice in Paulton on Monday evenings, 7.30-9.00.
..... the latest Park and Ride proposals
........council tax proposals/ B&nes budget
and much more
from the Food Bank.....
Our Distribution Centres have been extra busy during the past few weeks and we now find ourselves in need of the following items :
*Fruit juice (urgent)
Contributions can be made at local Churches or Tescos
From Paulton Junior School..........
We had a visit from the PCSO on Wednesday to inform the school about the inconsiderate parking habits of some parents. He asked if I could mention in the Newsletter that the Traffic Warden will now be issuing tickets. But perhaps more importantly I would like to remind everyone that we have a duty of care to keep our children safe and illegal parking puts us all in danger. Please think of others.
Selected News from pupils at Paulton Junior School
We did a bake sale to raise money for children in need. Every child in the school baked a cake. Overall, we raised almost £400 in just 30 minutes. One child from each class won a prize, a special spotty bag, donated by SunChemical Ltd. we enjoyed helping Children in Need, it felt good to be helping other children.
By Gracie 5B and Kelsey 3R.
Upper School has been tutored on how to perform CPR in an emergency by the St. John's ambulance. They made us remember the ABC-airway, breathing and circulation. We all had a go on the resuscitation dummies and received a booklet to keep us prepared. We can now perform chest compressions should we ever need to and are confident to do this. This training has proven to be usual as in the leaflet there was a story about a 9 year old who saved his mother after she fainted.
By Erin 6S and Abbie 6PW.
JMBRO. Sat. May 6th 2017.
(See events column)
Anybody wanting to have a stall
at this years Big Ride Out in May please contact either Rich Francis or Des Loader Stalls will be £10.
Tickets for The Big Night Out will go on sale later this week from the Main Bar at Paulton Rovers. Tickets are £5 each and are in aid of The Freewheelers Blood Bikes and Dorothy House. Riders on The Big Ride Out will have a wristband as part of the ride out that will be their ticket into the Big Night Out.
Regards, The JMBRO for Charity Team.
Little Stars Baby Nursery at Elm Hayes
Little Star Nursery opened their baby suite in Paulton in May 2011, we are open monday to friday and have places for babies from birth to 2.5 years. We also have a nursery in Farrington Gurney with places for children age 1-5.
We are holding a messy play themed open afternoon at our baby room on Monday during half term. This is a free event and open to everyone with a child under two and half years old. Including those children already on our register. Siblings are more than welcome to come and join the fun. Please wear clothes you are happy to get dirty. All children must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
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RE Post Office
As BANES councillors for Paulton we have been made very aware over the last few weeks of the importance of the local Post Office to Paulton and the hardship that its closure in March will cause, particularly to elderly and less mobile residents. We have met with regional representatives of the Post Office and have explored with them a number of options for housing the service elsewhere in the village. Unfortunately we have had no success so far because none of the existing shops in Paulton feel able to take on this service. Another meeting with the Post Office is planned soon, together with representatives of the Parish Council, and we will be pursuing at least one further possibility.
We are also concerned that if there is no immediate replacement for the existing building that at least there is an interim arrangement - maybe for a limited number of hours - to bridge the gap after March. We will continue to work as hard as we can to find a solution for this matter, which is so vital to the well-being of local people.
John Bull and Liz Hardman (Labour, Paulton)
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
Changes to Refuse and Recycling coming to Paulton in 2017
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