Paulton’s Special Christmas Weekend
Last Saturday was a special day for Paulton. As Paul Gunstone a well known resident commented: “ A big well done to all those involved in the village events in Paulton today! The Christmas Craft Market at the Scout Hut, the Christmas Stalls in the Wesley Chapel & of course the Outdoor Christmas Market in the precinct were all very well attended & a great success! The crowd around the war memorial for the Christmas Lights switch on looked fantastic, with many joining in with the Christmas Carols & having a good old sing along. Here's looking forward to next year”
The Outdoor Christmas Market in its second year attracted many people to shop at the various stalls. This event was led by the Events Committee of Paulton Parish Council. Chairman of the Events Committee Liz Hardman said “Many thanks are due to Debbie Coles and her team who worked so hard to ensure the market was a success”. She added “We are also grateful to the Rev Martin Slocombe for leading the singing of Carols around the Christmas Tree and of course to Tony Rickets Manager of Paulton Rovers for switching the lights on”
Photos by Julian Burton and Jenny James
Tickets now on sale for New Years Eve at Paulton Rovers FC from Sara Box, Claire Comer or from the Club. We have a great band this year 'Call the Shots' not to be missed and James Bridges On decks. There will also be good available for purchase in the night, festival face painting and giveaways. We had a great night last year so lets repeat it again this year!
Tickets are £15 each (very limited child places under 12's will go on a guest list)
From the Methodist Church....
Paulton is Lit Up for Christmas
Thanks to Naomi for the photo
Organic Christmas Turkeys
Available at Radford Mill Farm
We are now taking orders for this year's Christmas turkeys.
Phone us on 01761 479391 for more information.
We're producing turkeys again this year, and judging by how much they are eating we think this is going to be a bumper crop of gobblers. We've chosen the traditional Norfolk Blacks, which are a heritage breed and well suited to living outdoors with a free-range lifestyle, growing a bit more slowly, and delivering a very distinct and delicious flavour. They are all hand plucked here (which leads to aching thumbs), and we hang the birds for a few days which helps to develop a more tender and succulent taste. The birds are all.drawn and dressed, and packed here on the farm, so there's zero food miles. We only sell locally within a few miles of the farm.
If you have any questions please send an email or phone and leave a message on the answerphone. firstname.lastname@example.org 01761 479391
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
Post your Christmas Cards for only 40p
Paulton, Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Peasedown St John
Local scout groups are joining together to offer a postal service to local towns and villages over the Christmas period. Stamps and post boxes located at The Charity shop and Paulton Infant School.
The sale of all stamps helps local scout groups
Service runs from now until 10th December.
The TGIF group of have had fun decorating their tree as part of the Christmas Tree and Nativity Festival at Holy Trinity Church. Pop in and see and learn more about this group and other children's groups operating in the village. Festival open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings
Personal transport for Paulton villagers
Swan Transport – Tel: 01761 439548, email: email@example.com
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
Paulton celebrity Martin Roberts from Homes Under the Hammer is to take part in I'm a celebrity get me out of here
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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”
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.
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