The sun shone brightly on Whitchurch Village Fete’s 40th birthday and local folk (& their canine partners) made the most of the chance to meet up with friends and enjoy being entertained by events in the arena, including Concord band, Enchante Baton Twirlers, Shaolin Wushu martial arts, family sports, Ferretworld and Natalie White’s Dance School.
The Fete opened with waves from Paw Patrol lookalikes, Skye and Marshall from Special Occasions Mascots and Fete Princesses Mollie, Charlie & Ruby Hall in their bright blue beach buggy, followed by The Littlest Rescue’s Chewy the Bunny Car & life-size Bunny, Dermot O’Leary!
The marquee attracted a record number of entries and was filled with beautiful flowers, vegetables, arts and crafts, including a satsuma snail & an aubergine penguin!
A1 Pegasus Hawking gave the chance to handle their birds of prey,
dogs braved the heat to enter the Dog Show and children had fun on teacup rides, trampolines, bouncy castle and traditional games such as roll-a-coin and table skittles, as well as learning about Guide Dogs for the Blind and more. The Tea tent team sold their delicious cakes, and volunteers of all ages again worked together to make the day as successful as possible. The Barn Dance in the marquee with the ‘Granny Smiths’ on the Saturday night was enjoyed by all.
A huge thank you to those who collectively contributed hundreds of hours over the weekend and throughout the year to put on the event and to all those who had stalls and attended, also the local Scouts who did a great job with the car parking in the Barbarians Rugby field. And ‘Thank you’ to all those who sponsored activities and donated prizes. All proceeds from the events will go to local charities and organisations.
If this weekend event is to continue next year, more volunteers are needed – please, if you can spend a few hours a month, or help over the weekend,
phone Ashton on 01275 832148
or email Whitchurchvillagefete@hotmail.co.uk
or send a message via Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/whitchurchvillagefete/.
Look out for your new wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag delivered to your home between 25 September and early November.
Preparations are moving forward for the new service.
What is changing and why?
From 6 November we will be collecting rubbish every other week in wheeled bins or re-usable bags for the majority of residents. Recycling, including food waste will continue to be collected weekly. The chargeable garden waste collections will remain every other week. The changes will help to keep the streets cleaner, increase recycling and make the services more affordable.
Find out your container allocation
In March we sent a letter out with the Council Tax bill to let you know what container you had been allocated. To check your allocation, enter your address at www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle or contact Council Connect.
If you have a query with your allocation please contact Council Connect. Where households have 2 or more children in nappies, 6 or more people in their household or a clear medical need they may be able to apply for a larger bin.
If you need to change your allocation, please contact Council Connect on 01225 394000. They will talk through your needs, and then if appropriate pass on your request for change of container. We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your request. In the meantime, your original allocated container will be delivered to you before the start of the new collection as it will be too late to prevent this happening. If we have agreed to issue an alternative container, we will arrange to replace your original with your changed container.
What happens next?
- Week beginning 28 August – Royal Mail will deliver a leaflet to you giving you more information about the new service
- From 25 September to early November– we will deliver the wheeled bins/re-usable rubbish bags to 78,000 households. The bins will be delivered to the front edge of your property or your re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered to your door.
- do not put out your new bin/bag for collection until 6 November
- continue to put out your rubbish as you normally do until the new collection starts
- put out your rubbish for collection in your new bin/bag on your correct collection day from 6 November
Your bin/bag will be delivered with a welcome pack which will include further information about the new collection service including:
- How to use your new bin/bag collection
- Right day, right week collection calendar for 2017-18 – please check carefully as your collection day may have changed, so it’s even more important to make sure your recycling and rubbish is out by 7am. You can sign up now for text message reminders of when your new collection is due. Text your postcode to 07520 631700
- Details of Christmas and New Year changes
- How to make the most of your recycling collections
- 2 stickers to put on your recycling boxes to help you separate your recycling
Getting ready for the new service
- Please make sure you recycle all you can, including your food waste. You can order extra free recycling containers at www.bathnes.gov.uk/orderacontainer
If you prefer, from 7 August you can collect recycling containers at one of the three Recycling Centres, rather than wait for one to be delivered.
- Check our website for the latest updates. Check to see if your query is answered in over 30 FAQs we have on our website www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle
- Visit one of our roadshows to see the new containers and find out more. Go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/roadshows for details and check on our website to find out where our display wheeled bins are.
- We are promoting re-usable nappies to help reduce waste. We are selling packs of Bambino Mio re-usable nappies for £150 (£100 less than the retail price).
- Resident’s packs – we are developing website materials you can download for free to help share messages with neighbours to advise them how to set out their waste etc. The website will explain this further and include a leaflet and tick-card to post to neighbours explaining how to use the service properly.
- Like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/recycleforbathnes to receive updates and tips.
Whitchurch Village Fete’s 40th Birthday three-day event starts on Saturday August 26th with a traditional Barn Dance
with the ‘Granny Smiths’ at 7.30pm in the marquee in Greensmore Field (alongside the A37) – £5 adults, £1 children.
On the Sunday, there will be bargains galore & free parking at the Car Boot Sale from 11am to 2pm
and on the Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, the annual Fete will provide great entertainment for the whole family.
The Flower Tent will be open to accept entries from 9.30am to 11.30am. Adult and children’s entries are welcome
(eg flowers, fruit & veg, baking, wine, photos, arts & crafts) and a list of classes can be obtained from Ann Edwards on 01275 892128.
Gates open at 12pm and the Fete will be opened at 1pm Fete Princesses Molly, Charlie and Ruby Hall from the Young Seekers at St Nicholas Church.
Stalls and attractions include children’s games, skittles, birds of prey, dog agility, alpacas, classic vehicles, stationary engines,
fairground rides, wood craft, raffles……
We also have the ever popular tea tent, bar and Dog show, as well as arena events which include Ferretworld (race the ferret!), family sports,
Natalie White dancers, Enchante baton twirlers, Shaolin Wushu martial arts & Concord band.
And “The Pups are coming to Town” for the toddlers!
(Paw Patrol Lookalikes).
Do come along to support us and join in the fun – there is something for everybody.
Entrance: £2.50 Adults, £1.50 Children and OAPs.
Free parking in the Barbarians Rugby Club off Norton Lane.
Proceeds go to local charities & organisations.
If you would like to help on the day/during the weekend, or book your stall in advance,
please contact Ashton Broad on 01275 832148 or
Village Play Park on Saturday 8th July as part of a nationwide celebration of local green spaces.
It was a beautiful sunny day and it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves.
The races, organised by Matt, from Whitchurch Village Council, were a real favourite and lots of fun was had by the participant’s,
young and old. Alice a volunteer came along to carry out face painting, which was also very popular.
This year donations were requested for St Peters Hospice, a total of £194.56 was raised on the day.
This is an annual event organised by Whitchurch Village Council, so look out for details on the website early in 2018.
Fields In Trust Website:
Following the first round of consultation, the Draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been verified as complete by B&NES Council and is available to download.
B&NES Council will now start a six week formal consultation from the 19th of May 2017 until the 30th of June 2017.
Any additional comments will be passed to an appointed planning inspector who will then decide whether to carry out a public examination.
The Plan and supporting documents are available to download from the following links:-
Make a note now of the date of the 2017 Whitchurch Village Fete weekend,
held in Greensmore Field (alongside the A37 for those who don’t know)
over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 26th – 28th August.
It’s a special one this year, as it’s the Fete’s 40th birthday!
At the Fete on the Monday (Aug 28th), we hope to have 40 dogs in the Dog Show, 40 raffle prizes donated,
a 40-meter dash for 40-year olds as well as a 40-feet fancy dress race for the children – and 40 giant/odd-shaped fruit/veg in the Flower Show in the marquee! – so start growing yours NOW…
It would also be great to have 40 new volunteers to help over the weekend/on the Bank Holiday Monday, and 40 stalls at the Car Boot Sale on the Sunday (Aug 27th).
There will also be an event in the marquee on the Saturday evening (Aug 26th) tbc.
If you’d like to help , or have a stall on the Monday, please email
for more info or a booking form,
or phone Ashton on 01275 832148.
And for further updates, watch out on here, or see
Make a note in your diary now!
A big thank you to all residents and businesses, who have decorated their homes/premises, making the village look so festive.
There were so many fantastic displays to choose from, but after careful consideration this year’s winners are:-
Best House – Mr & Mrs Lomas, St Nicholas Road
Best Business – HairbyKnight, Bristol Road
Whitchurch Village again played its part by participating in this extraordinary event. Our beacon was one of about a
thousand up and down the country which was lit to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
A big thankyou to all the volunteers who made this possible, especially the children from Whitchurch Village Primary School,
who came along to sing some appropriate songs for the occasion, together with their teachers, parents and helpers.
The beacon was lit, to the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ and a celebratory drink enjoyed by around 70 people in attendance.
The Neighbourhood Plan will play a very important part in the way
Whitchurch Village will be shaped over the next few years.
The last open evening was a great success, and provided a good
platform to start off the process. We aim to have a further meeting in
April, currently scheduled for 21st April.
We really do need YOUR help to progress the Plan, and are seeking
volunteers urgently. We are looking for anyone who would be able to
contribute a little bit of time & enthusiasm to help a small team of
local people who are looking to bring the Plan together.
For more information, please visit the Whitchurch Village
Neighbourhood Plan website :- http://www.wvnp.org.uk/home
Contacts :- Paul May on 07919047001
Or through the website http://www.wvnp.org.uk/contact-us