CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH IN WESTFIELD

Thursday, 24th November, saw the Christmas lights being switched on in Westfield.
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The switch on was done by children from Westfield Primary School, Ava, Verity, Oliver
and Jenna and a student of Fosse Way School, Sam.
Westfield Parish Council has to give huge thanks to everyone that helped out – Tony
Denning for putting up the trees with lights and arranging all the electrics on the night,
the Coop for providing the electricity for the lights on the trees around the shops,
Shamus of Strode Sounds for doing the sound and making sure the lovely choir could
be heard, Westfield Ladies Choir for their beautiful rendition of the carols and the
Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band for accompanying them.
Thanks must also be given to the Revd Rob Widdowson for his uplifting words on the
evening, and to Cllr Pat Williams and Kirk Williams for serving the mulled wine and
mince pies.
Sarah Westell and Rob Wicke from The Big Local were on site with a stand offering
glow sticks to children and highlighting the funds available to local groups.
Luckington Carnival Club stewarded on the evening, keeping people safe from the road.
And of course the evening wouldn’t be the same without Father Christmas being there
to talk to all the children and give out a small gift to each one that went to see him.
Thanks to Cllr Diana Cooper for helping Father Christmas on the night!
This event in Westfield is growing each year and it is a real pleasure to see lots of
Westfield residents come along and take part in a community atmosphere.
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CHANGE OF VENUE FOR COUNCIL MEETINGS

For the meetings on Monday December 5th and Tuesday 3rd January, please note the change of venue to the SWALLOW office, Old Pit Road, Westfield.
Meetings start at 7pm and members of the public are welcome to attend.
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CHRISTMAS RECYCLING AND REFUSE COLLECTIONS

Recycle your wrapping, love your leftovers and trim your tree
Bath & North East Somerset Council is asking people to think about recycling and rubbish as the festive period approaches.
The Council’s Waste Services Team is reminding people that there will be no recycling collections on Monday 26 December. If your collection is due on this day, your next collection will be on Monday 2 January. All other collection days will be unaffected.
There will be no garden waste collections for two weeks from Monday 26 December until Friday 6 January. Normal collections will resume on Monday 9 January.
Recycling Centres across Bath and North East Somerset will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (Sunday 25 and Monday 26 December and Sunday 1 January).
From Monday 9 to Friday 27 January, the Council will collect real Christmas trees for free as part of the fortnightly garden waste collection. The trees can also be taken to Recycling Centres.
Trees more than 1.2 metres tall must be cut so that they will fit into the vehicles and pots and decorations should be removed. They should be placed at the edge of your property on your collection day so that the crews can see them easily. Do not leave trees out on the street before your collection day. To find out which week your tree will be collected, please check the Council’s website or garden waste calendar.
If the area experiences extreme bad weather this winter, please check the Council’s website and local radio stations for updates on your collections.
Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We throw away more rubbish at Christmas than at any other time of the year, but there are lots of things that can be recycled.
“Wrapping paper (white backed, non- foil), greetings cards, gift tags and cardboard packaging can all be placed in recycling containers. You can also recycle other festive items like sweet and biscuit tins, aerosols, glass jars, plastic bottles and food containers like cream pots, foil from mince pies, quiches and takeaways.
“Textiles and electrical items will also be collected so you can recycle worn out Christmas jumpers and broken fairy lights and toys. Please put these in separate carrier bags next to your recycling box.”
Christmas would not be the same without the food. 74 million mince pies are thrown away every Christmas (1) so this really is a time to think about how we can waste less food and drink. The Love Food Hate Waste website (www.lovefoodhatewaste.com) has plenty of seasonal tips to help reduce food waste and save money this Christmas. Leftover food and things like turkey bones and vegetable peelings can also be recycled.
For more information please look out for an envelope from the Council with information on rubbish and recycling for the year ahead.
You can also find further information in the next edition of Connect magazine and on the Council’s website (www.bathnes.gov.uk) or by contacting Council Connect councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk 01225 39 40 41.
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CHRISTMAS FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BATH

The Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery will host a series of fun, festive activities for families this Christmas.
Young visitors can have a go at making Christmas cards and gift tags, creating sparkly decorations, and making Roman Baths-themed fridge magnets. They can also admire the Victoria Art Gallery’s decorated tree and enjoy a festive afternoon tea at the Pump Room Restaurant.
Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “The Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery are great places for families to visit over the Christmas holidays. Local residents can explore the museums and enjoy all of the special Christmas activities for free with a Discovery Card.”
The three Bath & North East Somerset Council-run venues offer local residents with a Discovery Card free admission for themselves and up to two children. Discovery Card holders can also enjoy 10% off at the Pump Room Restaurant.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

Stamping for Christmas
Victoria Art Gallery
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December, 2pm-3.30pm
Free, booking not required
Decorate Christmas cards and gift tags using stamps and ink/paint.

Sparkle
Fashion Museum
Sunday 18 December, 1pm-4.30pm
Included in admission price, booking not required
See some sparkly fashion designs and make a sparkle decoration.

Stick up the New Year
Roman Baths
Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December, 11am-3pm
Included in admission price, booking not required
Make fridge magnets using an image from the Roman Baths.

Victoria Art Gallery Christmas Tree
Each year, the Victoria Art Gallery displays a Christmas tree with a different theme, organised by the Friends of the Gallery. This year’s tree, by lighting designer Paul Freddy Payne (www.porcelainlights.co.uk), will be unveiled towards the end of November.

Festive afternoon tea at the Pump Room
The Pump Room Restaurant will be serving kids’ festive afternoon tea (£7.95) from Saturday 17 December to Monday 2 January.
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PARKING SURVEY FOR BANES

Bath & North East Somerset Council is asking local residents to complete a parking survey.
The results will help the Council review existing parking policies and practice as part of developing a long-term strategy for the management of parking within the Bath and North East Somerset area.
The online survey is now open and will run until 5pm Monday 19th December 2016 at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/parkingstrategy2016.
Cllr Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “This survey covers all aspects of parking policy, including on-street and off-street parking, as well as residential parking, and will help us in developing an approach that balances demand and availability of parking both now and in the future.
“The Council is keen to hear the views of residents, as well as visitors to our area, as we look to establish a balance between the social, economic, cultural and environmental needs of the whole community. I would therefore like to encourage residents to take a few moments to complete the online survey.”
If you have any further questions about this survey please contact Parking Services at parking@bathnes.gov.uk, or call 01225 477133/4.
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POLICING IN AVON AND SOMERSET

The link below is to the latest PCC Newsletter. It offers a chance to ask the Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, questions through the PCC Sue Mountstevens.

PCC Newsletter

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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE ALLOTMENT SOCIETY IN WESTFIELD

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LATEST WARBLER AVAILABLE

The Winter 2016 edition of the Westfield Warbler is now available and will be posted through your door soon. If you can’t wait, then see the link on the right hand side of this page!
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CAM VALLEY NEWSLETTER

Click on the link to see the latest Cam Valley newsletter – some really great news about Barn Owls!
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DANGEROUS COOKING FOR DADS!

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COULD YOU HELP?

Back in July and September of last year, B&NES Council discussed the Syrian refugee crisis and explored avenues through which it might be able to help in resettling individuals and families who have been forced to flee their homes. 25 individuals have now been resettled here, which represents half of the figure of 50 that Citizens UK has asked all Local Authorities to welcome as a minimum.
We have hit a very real stumbling block in the path towards bringing more refugees to safety, in that there is no housing available in which we can accommodate any more families. The council has done some brilliant work in supporting the existing families to resettle and rebuild their lives, but we cannot hope to bring more people to safety unless we overcome the problem of where to house them.
Are you a landlord? Do you meet the following criteria?

• Own a family-sized rental property
• Willing to rent out your property for the Local Housing Allowance Rate. The first 12 months of the rent will be paid for by the EU via a scheme for placing vulnerable refugees and subsequent months either through housing benefit or the family’s own earnings
• Prepared to offer your property as a home for a Syrian refugee family
• Able to offer a 2 year tenancy (ideally, or 14 months as an absolute minimum) to enable the family to have some stability when they arrive in the UK

If you are able to help then please get in touch with Bath Welcomes Refugees on their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/bathwelcomesrefugees/
Thank you
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YOUTH HUB ACTIVITIES

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BaNES CHAIRMAN’S CHARITIES

Bath and North East Somerset’s Chairman, Cllr Alan Hale, has announced the three charities he will be supporting during his year in office.
They are:
• Whizzybugs at the RUH, a charity that designs and and builds small powered wheel chairs for children under five with cerebral palsy.

• The RICE Institute at the RUH, which carries out research, treatment, support and much more to for individuals affected by dementia and their carers.

• Butterflies Haven, which is based in Keynsham but serves a much wider area, providing support, motivation and other services for people on the Autistic spectrum.

Cllr Hale has decided to adopt a different approach to fundraising and won’t be holding a grand dinner and dance; instead he is asking local communities to help fundraise.
He said: “I have decided to break with tradition and organise lots of smaller events to enable the wider community to get involved. I want to encourage groups, churches, social clubs and others to hold functions that will enable the community to have fun whilst raising money for three very worthy charities, very much like the how it works with Children in Need and Comic Relief.
“This idea will allow us to include the whole community as some people might be able to organise a small scale coffee morning whilst others might feel able to hold a choir concert or organise a sponsored event.
“I want everyone to feel wanted and included and most importantly to have fun in what they decide to do. I don’t have funding to support these but I will endeavour to support them, and attend as many as I can.”
A number of events are already in the planning stage but the Chairman is hopeful that many new ideas will come forward to raise funds for the charities.
Those who wish to organise an event can contact Cllr Hale at Chairs_office@bathnes.gov.uk or ring on 01225 394235. Their events can then be publicised on the Council’s website and on other social networks. The Chairman can also be contacted to discuss fundraising idesas on 0117 9837923.
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FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Parish Council is delighted to announce we have a Twitter address and are now able to communicate with even more residents and businesses in Westfield.
Our Twitter address is @westfield_pc
We look forward to hearing from you!