Keynsham Job Fair

Job hunters looking for a new role or a change in career can come along to the Keynsham Health & Social Care Jobs Fair to find out about the range of opportunities available in the sector.

The recruitment fair will be held at The Community Space (above the library), Keynsham on Friday 1 April, 10AM – 2PM.

Attendees will be able to meet local employers face-to-face and talk to them about available roles, training courses and apprenticeships. There are a variety of vacancies available for people with or without experience, many offering flexible hours and working patterns to fit around other commitments.

There is no need to book, the fair is open to everyone so just come along on the day. To find out more, or to search for health and social care vacancies across B&NES visit:

Notice of Vacancy in Office Councillor

Whitchurch Village Council

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that following the resignation of Cllr J Pearce, a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for Whitchurch Village Council. If, within 14 days* after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than Thursday 24th March 2022), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW, by TEN electors for Whitchurch Village Council, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option. The request must be signed by ten persons who, at the time of the request, are listed on the electoral register as local government electors for Whitchurch Village Council. The ten signatures should be accompanied by printed names, addresses and, if known, electoral numbers.

S Dyer – Clerk

Dated: Friday 4th March 2022

* In computing any period of time for this purpose a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded

Whitchurch in Lights

A big thank you to all who have decorated their homes and business premises, making the village look so festive again this year.

A special commendation to the residents of The Witheys who have collectively put on a fantastic display of lights.  

There were so many excellent displays to choose from, the judges have picked four joint winners this year, together with one business: –

Best Business Category – Martin Squires, Bristol Cherished Cars, Blackacre

Best Home Category – 42 Maes Knoll Drive

Best Home Category 5 Farrier Way

Best Home Category 21 The Witheys

Best Home Category 28 Church Road

The Village is shining bright with Christmas lights

Friday 3rd December 2021 saw the return of the Village Christmas Lights ‘switch on’, a fantastic crowd of about 200 gathered around the centre of the Village.

Father Christmas along with Mrs Christmas and their Elf arrived on his sleigh, followed by a festively decorated vehicle blasting out Christmas music.

They were greeted by the residents of Westin Care Home, who joined in the festive celebrations.

After several practice countdowns, Santa and helpers switched on the lights in the Millennium Garden. Santa then led a procession of children, parents and onlookers towards St Nicholas Church, where the children of Whitchurch Primary School sang some lovely ‘Christmassy’ songs which sounded fantastic.

Whitchurch Village Millennium Garden Christmas 2021
Photograph by Tim Burchell

The crowd then joined the Salvation Army band in singing along to several carols and this was followed by refreshments.

Our appreciation and acknowledgement of the support we received goes to:-

The wonderful choir and staff from Whitchurch Primary School

The Salvation Army band.

Tesco Brislington (donation of mince pies and chocolates)

The volunteers who helped with the refreshments, marshalling, setting up the event, sound and music.

St Nicholas Church, for the use of their facilities.  

The local PCSO’s.

And of course, Father & Mrs Christmas, Elf and the escort driver, who made a special effort to visit us at a very busy time of the year!!

Thanks to your generosity, a collection in excess of £250.00 was donated to the Salvation Army.

Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas outside St Nicholas Church

Worried about heating your home?

You could be eligible for £140 off energy bills. 

With energy bills likely to soar this winter, Age UK B&NES is urging people to see if they are eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme which saves households £140 off their electricity bill.

The charity is concerned that for some, the rising prices could mean choosing between heating or eating and is encouraging older people to take advantage of their free, simple benefit check the Information & Advice team can do which saves households vital money each year 

Information & Advice Manager, Gill Adams said: “We know that affording to heat your home through Autumn and Winter is often a worry for people. With price rises, it is likely that everyone is going to feel the pinch, meaning that people on low incomes could really struggle.

We help hundreds of people a year save money on their energy bills and would really encourage people over 65 to give us a call and see if they could be saving – many people do not even realise they are eligible!”

The Warm Home Discount Scheme is different to the Winter Fuel Allowance which all people of pension age receive. It is a one-off payment of £140 paid through your supplier, taking money off your electricity bill. Pre-payment meters and pay as you go meters are included. If you receive pension credit or are on a low income, you could be eligible. 

I & A Manager, Gill Adams continues:

“Everyone deserves to live in a warm home that can be affordably heated and whilst there are a great many ways to save energy, ultimately, if you are struggling to pay a bill or keep up payments it is your energy companies duty to help.”

Age UK Bath & North East Somerset’s Information and Advice Team can be contacted on 01225 466135 or  

New online directory for families, parents and carers



New online directory for families, parents and carers
A new Live Well B&NES website has been launched to provide information, support and signposting for parents, families and carers in Bath and North East Somerset.

The new web-based resource brings together information previously held on three separate websites and allows people to search for services, organisations, groups and activities in key areas of need:

  • Family Information – including types of childcare, holiday clubs etc.
  • Supporting Adults to Live Independent Lives – including care and wellbeing information and support to be independent.
  • Supporting Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with SEND – Rainbow Resource.

Cllr Alison Born, cabinet member for Adults and Council House Building said: “This website offers a wealth of information for anyone needing support services or organisations, looking for activities or events, or who is simply trying to find the most up-to-date information on a range of issues.

“I am sure it will become an invaluable resource and I would encourage any organisations, groups or event organisers who have not yet registered, to do so. That will ensure the B&NES community can engage with your service.”

Organisations, groups, or events that support, provide services, or run groups for children and young people or for adults needing care or support are encouraged to register and be included in the relevant area of the website.

The short online registration form takes less than five minutes to complete and once a listing has been moderated, it will appear in the directory within three days.

You can register here:

The website will be continually updated and the lists of organisations reviewed to ensure Live Well B&NEs contains the most up-to-date, relevant information.

You can access Live Well B&NES here:

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, you can contact the Live Well B&NES team online here:


Whitchurch History Society update

The Society has decided to make a start on a new series of live talks in the coming months. All will of course be accompanied by whatever ‘Covid-secure’ arrangements will be required on any particular date at our venue in the United Reformed Church in the Village.

At time of writing this piece it seems that we will be easily able to accommodate our normal level of attendance.

Our first talk will be given on Friday September 24th, at 7.30 p.m., by our very own Mike Hooper on the topic of Bristol in the 1930s and 1940s and speakers have been booked for October 29th and November 26th – more details later.

The reprints of the earlier volumes of ‘Memories’ are still on sale at £5.00 each, locally in Whitchurch at The Music Box Shop / Village Shop on the main road through the village (cash please), or by contacting the Secretary (details below). We will be happy to receive further contributions for the planned next volume as soon as ‘those of you out there’ have written them, with old photos particularly welcome to augment the text.

For more information about the Society and its activities, please contact the Secretary, Geoff Gardiner, on 01275 830869 or at