Christmas Lights Switch on

Join us on Friday 3rd December at 7pm in Church Road for Christmas Festivities

Including songs from the Children of Whitchurch Primary School

& music and carols played by the Salvation Army

The Millennium Garden lights will be switched on by very special guests!

This will be followed by traditional seasonal fare of mince pies

 & mulled wine served from St. Nicholas Church Hall.

A collection will be made for

The Salvation Army  

Whitchurch in Lights

This year our popular Christmas Lights Competition is back.

 Decorate your premises to celebrate Christmas,

Judging will take place on 15th December 2021

There will be prizes for the Best house and Best Business.

There is no need to enter just have your lights ready for judging.

Garden Waste Collection

Unfortunately some garden waste collections have been suspended from 17 November.  

Residents are being asked to retain their garden waste and put the bin out again on their next scheduled collection, Wednesday 1 December. 

BANES will arrange for all residents affected by the suspended garden waste collections to have an extension to their existing subscriptions.

Streets affected are listed below

WhitchurchBlackacre
WhitchurchBridge Close
WhitchurchBridle Avenue
WhitchurchBristol Road
WhitchurchChurch Road
WhitchurchChurchways
WhitchurchDene Road
WhitchurchDobunni Close
WhitchurchFarrier Way
WhitchurchHalt End
WhitchurchHamilton Way
WhitchurchHorseshoe Close
WhitchurchLines Way
WhitchurchMaes Knoll Drive
WhitchurchMaggs Lane
WhitchurchOld Vicarage Court
WhitchurchOldbridge Road
WhitchurchQueen Charlton Lane
WhitchurchSalmon Mead
WhitchurchSaltwell Avenue
WhitchurchSleep Lane
WhitchurchSt Nicholas Road
WhitchurchSt Whites Close
WhitchurchStaunton Fields
WhitchurchStaunton Lane
WhitchurchStaunton Way
WhitchurchThe Witheys
WhitchurchWansdyke Way
WhitchurchWoollard Lane

WECA Supported Bus Services Survey

The West of England Combined Authority is undertaking a Supported Bus Services Survey. This now only has a few days to run, the closing date is Sunday 28 November.



Supported Bus Services are very important to residents , please can we encourage as many as possible to respond to the survey.

Please see the information below:

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) provides support to several bus services operating in the West of England, these are called supported bus services.

As part of an ongoing review of these services, WECA is surveying existing passengers and potential new passengers to help understand how supported bus services can be improved. What is needed are your thoughts on what would encourage you to use bus services more often and what you think this will look like in the future.

Survey forms are available on our supported bus routes over the next few days. Alternatively, an electronic survey can be completed here: https://consultation.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/infrastructure/west-of-england-supported-bus-services-survey/

The survey can also be printed here and returned to FREEPOST WECA CONSULTATION (no stamp required) https://whitchurchvillagecouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/WECA-Supported-Bus-Services-Consultation.pdf.

This process sits alongside WECA’s work with bus operators and the local councils to improve infrastructure and journeys through improved bus priority, bus lanes, bus stops, electronic real-time information and publicity.

If you have any questions, please do email WECA at transport.operations@westofengland-ca.gov.uk and they will be happy to help.

Update on Garden Waste Collection

Residents in Bath and North East Somerset who have been affected by suspended garden waste collections are being advised of the arrangements being made to catch up with the services.

In recent weeks, Bath & North East Somerset Council has suspended some garden waste collections due to the national shortage of HGV drivers and staff sickness, to prioritise kerbside recycling and waste services.

Garden waste collections were due to go into the annual shutdown period from December 6 until January 16, but the council will now be using the first two weeks of the shutdown to provide an additional collection for residents whose services were suspended on November 11 and between November 15 and 19.    

As some collections did take place during suspensions, the additional collections will only be for those rounds who had the service suspended as compensation for the missed collection.  

Collection rounds suspended on November 11 will have an extra collection on December 9 as compensation.

Collection rounds suspended in the week beginning November 15 will have an extra collection on the usual collection day during the week beginning December 13.

Depending on the method by which they receive their bills, each garden waste subscriber who has had their service suspended will receive an email, text or letter advising them of when their additional collection will be.   

For residents whose garden waste collections were not affected, the last day of the usual garden waste collections will be December 3 followed by the six-week shut down period.

Any communications about delays to collections will continue to be listed on the waste disruptions page https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/waste-disruptions

Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “We are grateful to residents for bearing with us as we try to manage services as best we can in the face of staff shortages. We are sorry that some garden waste collections have been affected and have put these arrangements in place to compensate for this.

“Our crews are working hard to minimise disruption and to catch up, but it would really help them if residents could follow our tips for what can be recycled and to make the best use of space in containers. Particularly important at this time of year is to minimise black bin waste by considering resuable alternatives to wrapping paper such as fabric, newspaper or brown paper. Wrapping paper, including Christmas paper, cannot be recycled.”

To make the best use of space in recycling containers and to help crews with efficient collections, residents are asked to:

  • Sort your green boxes to help speed up the collections (having two boxes helps considerably if you have room to store two) – follow Recycle for Bathnes on Facebook for tips
  • Wash and squash materials such as plastics to make more space and keep your containers as clean as possible

Things that cannot be collected in recycling:

  • Black plastic, polystyrene, plastic film or hard plastics such as toys or hangers
  • Any cardboard should have any plastic, sticky tape and polystyrene removed
  • Nappies cannot be recycled – do not put them in your green box
  • Wrapping paper (including Christmas paper)

Find out more about the council’s rubbish and recycling services

A message from POKE

Do you know about the proposed development for a supersized digester power plant near Keynsham? It’s closer than you think!

The development will impact everybody who lives in the surrounding area including Whitchurch Village. This flyer from @POKE explains why.

It’s not too late to get involved in the campaign: https://protectourkeynshamenvironment.wordpress.com/take…/#wearestrongertogether#takeaction

Kerry Morgan Chair, Protect Our Keynsham Environment (POKE)

A message from POKE

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 advice@ageukbanes.co.uk  

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: https://livewell.bathnes.gov.uk/register-your-organisation-us

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: https://livewell.bathnes.gov.uk

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, you can contact the Live Well B&NES team online here: https://livewell.bathnes.gov.uk/contact

 

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 geoff@thegardiners.org.uk