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

Community Contribution Fund set to open for applications

Community Contribution Fund set to open for applications
Charities, community and voluntary groups will soon be able to apply for grants from Bath & North East Somerset Council’s pilot Community Contribution Fund.

The fund, which was launched earlier this year, enables residents to contribute to projects which help reduce inequalities across the district.  So far, more than 340 people have generously donated, raising almost £25,000.

Applications for grants of between £500 and £2,000 will open next month and be assessed by a panel of elected councillors.

Councillor Richard Samuel, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Resources and Economic Development, said: “We’ve had a great response and I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the fund so far. Our charities, community and voluntary groups carry out vital work and this money will really help to support the most disadvantaged and improve their lives. Applications will be considered very carefully and we’ll be giving priority to projects that benefit the whole B&NES area.”

Although the B&NES Community Contribution Fund is administered by Bath & North East Somerset Council, it is not used to supplement council services. Every penny contributed goes to fund local projects.

Residents are still able to make contributions to the fund and it is easy to donate online.  The minimum contribution is £5, however there is no maximum contribution and it is possible to donate more than once.

Following this year’s pilot, the council will consult with residents and organisations on whether the scheme should continue.

Residents can keep up-to-date with latest news on the fund by subscribing to the council’s special e-newsletter here.

To find out more and make a contribution visit the Community Contribution Fund webpage.

Bereavement Peer Support Group

Peer Support Group ‘STAR’ provides free support for people grieving from a bereavement or difficult transition in their life.  The aim of the support group is to create a safe space for people to receive support, listen to and share stories & experiences with others who have experienced loss in their life.

For more details please click here



Community Clean-up News

Thirteen volunteers turned out on Saturday morning to take part in the first official Village Clean-up in eighteen months, due to Covid, which runs alongside Keep Britain Tidy.

Around 16 bags of rubbish were collected pavements, footpaths and open spaces around Whitchurch Village to make the area look clean and tidy.



A huge Thank You to all those who took part in the event , organised by Whitchurch Village Council, especially Aimee-Lou , Beryl and David Clark and members of Whitchurch Wombles.

Please look out for the next clean-up and put it in your diary to keep the Village tidy.



Damage at Whitchurch Village Playpark

We are extremely disappointed to report that someone has used a disposal BBQ on one of the recycled benches at the newly refurbished Whitchurch Village Playpark in Norton Lane and caused significant damage.

This will obviously have to be replaced, which will incur considerable cost to the Village Council.
Please may we ask that people respect the equipment and report any misuse, so that the play area is available for everyone to enjoy

Refurbished Play Park

The refurbished play park in Norton Lane has now been open for a few weeks and is proving very popular.
The park is designated for local residents and there is time limited parking on the road outside the play park.
Cycle racks have been provided and we would request visitors to walk or cycle to the park if possible.
Should you need to drive please park safely, sensibly and think of others .
If the park is busy consider alternatives like visiting at another time.
Please respect Covid restrictions of Hands, Face, Space

Support for Children , young people and their families across Bath and North East Somerset

Children, young people and their families across Bath and North East Somerset who are struggling with the ongoing pressures of lockdown are being reassured support is available.

Information on services for CSC 2021

With many families cut off from their usual support systems such as family, friends and teachers, Bath & North East Somerset Council is urging those who are struggling to reach out and ask for help.

The BANES council is also reminding residents that it is everyone’s responsibility to keep children safe, spot the signs of abuse and report concerns.

You can contact Children’s Social Care on 01225 396111 or 01225 477929 or via email: Childcare_duty@bathnes.gov.uk.

A member of the council’s Children’s Social Care team will discuss your concerns and the range of help that may be available. The service is available between 08:30 and 17:00 (Mon-Thur) and 08:30 and 16:30 (Fri).

If you have concerns outside of working hours you can contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165, on evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

If you are feeling vulnerable, isolated, or concerned about your physical or mental wellbeing the Community Wellbeing Hub can help.

You can call the Community Wellbeing Hub on 0300 247 0050 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday email: BATHNES.thehub@virgincare.co.uk or go to the website: http://communitywellbeinghub.co.uk ​ or text 07870 868368.

If you are struggling with your mental health talking to someone is vital. Bath Mind’s Breathing Space, is a phone support service, open every evening of the week from 5.30pm to 11.30pm.  You can call in confidence on 01225 983130 if you are feeling worried or anxious and want to talk.

The Bath and North East Somerset Talking Therapies Service, run by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust also offers online courses and telephone and video based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to support adults who maybe struggling with their mental health

The Bright Start Children Centre Services and the Connecting Families Team are also operational, supporting work with children and families. However, I wanted to mention our mediation service is currently open for referrals and is operating at full capacity – sessions take place either via zoom, phone, emails or doorstep/garden visits. For more information you can contact Christopher_Martin@bathnes.gov.uk or
Tel. 07980 998982.

You can access the service by self-referring and don’t need to speak to your GP to do this.  To find out more visit: https://iapt-banes.awp.nhs.uk

If you are worried about child’s mental health, you can find helpful information about how to spot the signs that someone is struggling and how to access help at: https://bit.ly/2L3Dece




Horseworld has been chosen as a charity to benefit

Save Money This February and Support Your Favourite Charities with Local Voucher Code Website

Despite January being over, many of us will still be feeling the financial impact of last year, looking at ways to save money on those all important essentials where we can. That’s where Bath-based voucher code site My Favourite Voucher Codes comes in. Home to thousands of discounts, deals and offers on everything from grocery shopping to insurance and services, they’re on a mission to help us all save money whenever we shop online. Additionally, the site are also passionate about helping good causes, which is why they donate 20% of their profits to charity each month. Since the company started in 2012, they’ve raised over £60,000 for different charities. 

The charity that benefits from the donation is decided by visitors to the site, who cast their vote for one of four charities featured in the month’s lineup. At the end of the month, the charity with the most votes wins the donation. This February, My Favourite Voucher Codes are supporting four great causes, including Whitchurch based charity, HorseWorld, and you can have your say in who benefits from the donation as well as take advantage of the latest codes the site has to offer. Every time you make a purchase through the site, My Favourite Voucher Codes makes a small commission at no extra cost to you. This is how the donation is formed, so ultimately, the more codes used, the bigger the donation.

The site features a different line-up of charities each month, and this February, their charity partners are: 

Devon Air Ambulance – A charity that provides emergency care via helicopter to patients in the county of Devon in life-threatening and time critical situations, not only to the residents of Devon, but also to the many tourists visiting the county each year. 

HorseWorld – Based in Whitchurch, HorseWorld rescues and rehabilitates horses that have been abandoned, neglected or cruelly treated. In addition to medically treating the animals, the charity works to rehome them, either finding them a suitable home within the South-West area, or enabling the horse to fulfil a role in their Discovery Project.

LUPUS UK –  The national charity for people affected by lupus, LUPUS UK works to support patients by providing guidance and information on the condition, as well as to improve understanding and reduce stigma. Additionally, the charity funds research into the causes of lupus, along with better care and treatments. 

Seashell Trust – National charity Seashell Trust works to support children and young people who have severe learning disabilities and complex needs. They offer a school, college and short breaks which provides a safe and happy environment where young people can learn about the world around them, express their creativity and gain independence. 

Voting is completely free of charge and takes less than two minutes of your time. Simply head over to My Favourite Voucher Codes between the 1st and 28th of February to cast your vote for your winner. There’s no obligation to make a purchase through the site, but any you do make will go towards the winning charity’s donation. Pay My Favourite Voucher Codes a visit this February and save money on your shopping while supporting some incredibly worthy causes

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Whitchurch Village will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk.