FLOWERS IN WESTFIELD 2017 – INVITATION TO TENDER
MENDIP MULE MOTORBUS
Trying to think of fun days out? Try looking at the Mendip Mule motorbus which is running lots of different hop on hop off tours in Somerset. The open top buses stop on the Fosseway by Westfield Primary School. See their website for full details and timetables:
REFRESHING THE COLLIERS WAY AND FIVE ARCHES WALKING AND CYCLING ROUTE
Sustrans and our local Radstock volunteer group is looking for your help with a project to refresh, update and enhance the Colliers Way for the many people who use it and the wildlife it supports.
Some of the features on the route, like the interpretation boards and seats are tired, damaged or missing, and we want to repair and replace where necessary.
The recent scrub clearance at Radstock will benefit wildlife, and we would like to explain this and involve local people in monitoring and looking after the habitat, and even extending it.
We are bidding for Tesco Bags of Help funding to help pay for this and are looking for support from the local community.
What help are we seeking?
Several of the original interpretation boards are damaged or missing. We are looking for help from local people and groups to provide historic photos of the route, and explanatory text to make new boards.
Do you have any interesting old photos or stories about the old railways, coal mining, or anything else of local interest?
The recently completed habitat restoration at Radstock will be subject to monitoring and maintenance. This will be carried out by professional ecologists, but we would like to involve local people through monitoring regeneration, volunteering and training, and extending the habitat restoration in the future.
Would you be interested in helping with monitoring, scrub control or other activities?
People like to know what is happening in the habitat restoration and we are looking for help with providing explanatory text and photos for a display board or boards, and on leading nature walks for interested members of the public and schools.
Do you have a good knowledge of wildlife? Would you be interested in leading short nature walks?
Please contact us if you can support this project before 1st June:
CAM VALLEY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2016
Click on the link to see the latest information from the Cam Valley Wildlife Group
Cam Valley Newsletter 78 Springvf (2)
COULD YOU BE A LOCAL HERO? JOIN A SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL TEAM
Bath & North East Somerset Council is working in partnership with local schools to recruit staff for School Crossing Patrols and help keep children safe as they cross the road to and from school.
If you would like to work outdoors, meet lots of people and gain a real sense of community then the School Crossing Patrol Service could be perfect for you.
To show just how important School Crossing Patrols are, a promotional film has also been produced to encourage people to apply for the role. It features a young star in the making. Dylan Gray from the Acting Out Drama Club, Bristol, plays ‘Alfie’ – a mini School Crossing Patrol Officer in the making. He was supported by children from Whitchurch Primary School, all of whom had a great time getting involved in the production and reinforcing what road safety is all about.
The film is available on YouTube as well as via the Council’s Twitter feed @bathnes.
Apply now to join one of 32 school crossing patrol sites and provide an invaluable service to your community helping children and adults walk to school. Bath & North East Somerset Council and schools in the area welcome job applications from people from a variety of backgrounds.
To find out more about the role or to apply call 01225 394922 or visit the Council’s jobs page.
Current permanent vacancies:
• Bathampton Primary (8.20 – 9.00 and 15.05 – 15.35 = 5 hours 30 mins per week)
• Longvernal Primary (8.20 – 8.55 and 14.50 – 15.30 = 6 hours 15 mins per week)
• Paulton Juniors (08.20 – 09.00 and 14.50 – 15.20 = 5 hours 30 mins per week)
• St Nicholas Primary (8.25 – 9.05 and 15.00 – 15.35 – 6 hours 15 mins per week)
• St Stephen’s Primary (8.15 – 9.00 and 15.10 – 15.45 = 6 hours 40 mins per week)
• Westfield Primary (8.15 – 8.55) = 3 hours 20 mins per week
Permanent posts can offer:
* 5 hours per week (approx), working morning and afternoon shifts Monday – Friday (Term Time Only)
* Paid Holiday
* Full training will be provided
There is the flexibility of morning and/or afternoon shifts being available.
Alternatively, there is also the option to become a Casual School Crossing Patrol and be on call to support/cover the permanent patrols. To apply for the casual position please see the Casual School Crossing Patrol advert (ref: 15CORP50901C).
RADSTOCK YOUTH HUB
Here is the timetable for the Radstock Youth Hub for May and June. Activities are also itemised in the ‘Upcoming Events’ calendar.
DO YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF HOURS A WEEK TO SPARE?
We know from the Front Garden Competition, and from walking around the Parish, that we have some very keen and talented gardeners in Westfield.
Would you be willing to give an hour of your time once a week to help maintain the flower planters in the centre of Westfield?
Some of the shopkeepers in the local shops have already agreed to help maintain the flower beds in Jubilee Green, and now we need volunteers to help maintain the two miners’ trucks.
There is no cost involved, just time and effort, to weed, deadhead and water throughout the summer months.
If you would like to be involved with the planting as well, the more the merrier!
If you think you can help, then please contact
Cllr Diana Cooper on 01761 415155
HOME IMPROVEMENT GRANTS
Grants of up to £6,000 are available to make energy saving improvements to your home through Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Energy at Home scheme.
This grant is available to all home owners, private landlords and privately renting tenants. You do not need to be on a low income or an elderly person to be eligible for this grant, but you do need to be signed up by the end of February.
It can be used to help cover the costs of improvements including:
• heating systems including gas, electrical and oil fired systems,
• internal, external, or cavity wall insulation, and loft insulation,
• glazing including secondary glazing, double glazing and external doors,
Measures such as these can improve your home’s energy performance, reduce the amount you spend on your energy bills, and will help keep your home warm and cosy during winter.
The Energy at Home scheme provides free expert guidance on all aspects of home energy including: how to get the best deal on your energy bills; which energy saving improvements might be most appropriate for your home; and which grants and support are available to help you.
Cllr Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “This home improvement grant is coming to an end very soon so I’d encourage residents to contact the Energy at Home Advice Service as soon as possible to find out what help they can get to improve their home’s energy performance.”
The Energy at Home scheme will continue to be available after this particular grant ends, with access to other local and national grants, however funding to this level, accessible for so many people, and for this range of measures is unlikely to be available again.
Contact the Energy at Home Advice Service
Freephone 0800 038 5680 available Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, and on Saturday mornings 9am-12pm.
Email email@example.com or visit www.energyathome.org.uk
The grant money has been made available from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
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!