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June 2014

HAVE YOUR SAY ON LIBRARY SERVICES IN RADSTOCK

radstock library

The Council plans to move the library from its current location on The Street to Radco by the end of 2014, but wants local people to get involved in deciding what the new library should offer.

The library in Radco will have:
• A wide range of books, spoken word books and DVDs for all ages
• Computers, printers and photocopier
• Newspapers and magazines
• Local history books
• Self-service kiosks to issue and return items and pay charges
• Flat access for disabled users
Additional services will be decided on depending on feedback from this consultation.

The consultation questionnaire asks people how they might want to use the library; do they for example use it as somewhere to study, do they want activities for children, courses for adults, and is free wifi important.

The consultation questionnaire is available on the Council’s website www.bathnes.gov.uk/consultations/radstock-library-re-location-consultation

Paper copies are also available at Radstock and Midsomer Norton libraries or you can call Council Connect 01225 39 40 41 and request a copy.

The closing date for responses is Friday July 18.

Once all responses are received the Council will consider them and work up more detailed plans for the new library.

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May 2014

SWALLOW COMMUNITY CAFE IS NOW OPEN!

Swallows-CafeAt the St Nicolas Church Centre, Church Street, Radstock, BA3 3QG
Open Wednesdays and Fridays 11am – 3pm

www.swallowcharity.org

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May 2014

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

You can view below the results of the European Parliament Elections held 22nd May 2014.

Results for local counting area: Bath and North East Somerset.
Results for South West Region and candidates elected.

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May 2014

WESTFIELD PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL REVIEW

Click to read the Annual Review

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May 2014

WESTFIELD’S FRONT GARDEN COMPETITION

front gardenWestfield is gearing up for its first Front Garden Competition. With the warm weather upon us, green-fingered residents are being encouraged to get into the competitive spirit and enter their front garden or a container in the competition which will see generous prizes for winners, kindly donated by Norton Green Nursery. The competition is open to all residents, businesses and community groups in Westfield and the closing date for entries is 3rd July.

For Guidelines and Entry Form visit our Front Garden page under Community Information.

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SWALLOW HANGING BASKETS

Swallows hanging basketsSwallow Work Skills Enterprise Scheme members are once again designing, planting and selling beautiful summer hanging baskets.
Each basket is £10 and will be full to the brim with colour.
To place your order please call Judy on 01761 414034 or visit our website: www.swallowcharity.org/support-us

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 FLOWERS IN PUBLIC PLACES

 COULD YOU CREATE THE PERFECT FLOWER DISPLAY FOR WESTFIELD?

Westfield Parish Council is looking for a stunning, well maintained flower display this summer, one which will make an impact in the local community, creating a ‘wow’ factor for people who live in Westfield and for those who travel through.   The Parish Council has budgeted accordingly, as it sees this as a high priority for the Parish.

The successful contractor will be appointed not simply on the basis of value for money but also, very importantly, for their ability and drive to produce a really amazing flower display for Westfield this year.

The specification includes 15 hanging baskets, two coal tub planters and a raised flowerbed.   It would be helpful for all people tendering for this contract to know that our maximum annual budget is £5,000. The specification includes sufficient watering and maintenance, which would need to be done on a daily basis when necessary, not relying on an automatic watering system, and which would need to be thoroughly outlined before the contract is awarded.

For more information please contact the Parish Clerk at Westfield Parish Council on 01761 410669 or council@westfieldparishcouncil.co.uk or write to us at The Oval Office, Cobblers Way, Westfield BA3 3BX.

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THE BIG LOCAL

The Dragons’ Den style small grants application will take place in early 2014.

Dragons’ Den Application Form  Dragons’ Den Guidance Notes

http://www.mywestfield.org.uk/

9th January 2014

HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS FROM BATH & NORTH EAST SOMERSET COUNCIL

Bath & North East Somerset Council, in partnership with not-for-profit organisation Wessex Resolutions CIC, may be able to provide homeowners with finance to carry out essential repair work to their homes.   You may be able to receive a subsidised loan for a replacement boiler, damp repair, cavity wall insulation, structural work, fixing a leaky roof, electrical and plumbing jobs, replacing rotten or draughty windows, or to make stairways and pathways safe.

Please call to find out if you are eligible. Usually, you will be:

  • A homeowner on a low income; and
  • Over 60 years of age; or
  • Have a child or children under 16 years old; or
  • Have a disability, terminal illness or life limiting illness.

For more information please call the Council on 01225 396444 or visit www.wrcic.org.uk.

For more information click here for Poster

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2nd December 2013

Westfield’s Christmas Lights Switch on

Last Thursday saw the Community Grant Awards and Christmas Lights Switch On in Westfield.  Community groups from across Westfield came together to receive grants to enable them to continue to develop voluntary services in the parish.  The recipients, pictured here, will use the funds for a wide variety of purposes.  For example the Wansdyke Play Association will use their funding to support additional staffing and resources for Play Days in Westfield at Christmas and Easter; SWALLOW (pictured here)  will purchase an accessible computer to allow people with learning difficulties to access the internet and learn computer skills; the Wansdyke Play Association will use their funding to support additional staffing and resources for Play Days in Westfield at Christmas and Easter; St Peters Church Playgroup will purchase new child sized chairs, colour co-ordinated and specially designed for posture to replace the existing chairs which have been in use since 1972; the Scouts (pictured here) will create extra storage space and continue their ongoing programme of development of their premises.

The Chairman of Westfield Parish Council presenting a grant to SWALLOW
Cllr Geoff Fuller presenting a grant award to the 1st Radstock Scouts

The Awards were followed by the Switching on of the Westfield Christmas Lights, where the Westfield Ladies Choir led the carol singing accompanied by the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver band, at this lovely community event.

Grateful thanks go to everyone who worked so hard to make this event memorable – Tony Denning for setting up the lights, Westfield Primary School and Fosse Way School for arranging the children to turn on the lights, the local shops for staying open for the event, Rev Jill Flowers for the talk, the Carnival Association for stewarding and to Westfield Methodist Church for the very welcome hot drinks and mince pies. And finally a big thank you to everyone who turned out for this event.

Chair of Westfield Parish Council, Cllr Geoff Fuller said, “another fantastic turn out, thank you to everyone for coming along and supporting this event. The Council is always open to suggestions and it was nice to see such a good variety of people there, young and old”

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16th December 2013

PEOPLE RE-OPENING SHOP

12th December saw the re-opening of the PEOPLE shop at 13 Elm Tree Avenue.  Temporarily re-closed for refurbishment, this has now been opened as an Electrical Centre selling white goods.  Chair of the Parish Council, Cllr Geoff Fuller, (pictured here with Dr Jenny Clifford of PEOPLE) attended the re-opening and commented “this will be an asset for Westfield, being the only electrical goods store in the area.  It is really good to see the shop staying open.”

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11th December 2013

Westfield Parish Council objects to Five Arches planning application

Westfield Parish Council voiced its objections this week to the resubmitted planning application on land north of Fosseway Gardens for up to 73 dwellings.

Strong objections were raised including the flooding risks, damage to the ecology and wildlife in particular the bats, their habitat and food sources.

Cllr Geoff Fuller at the site of the proposed housing development

Chair of the Council, Geoff Fuller commented, “there are fears that the road structure is not man enough to take extra traffic as the amount of houses, with approximately two cars per house would create an extra 146 vehicles. The wildlife in that area would disappear forever, we do not want to turn Westfield into a concrete jungle, it would put a strain on the whole community, we need places for nature and places to enjoy the views and wildlife”.

If you would like to comment on the Planning Application please contact Bath and North East Somerset Council via their website or by post.

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19th November 2013

BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET COUNCIL

New Volunteering Opportunities with Healthwatch Bath and North East Somerset

Healthwatch is the new way for local people to have a real say in improving and changing local health and social care services.  Healthwatch Banes is now actively seeking volunteers from across the area to fulfil a number of different roles: championing the views of local community or health interest groups; representing Healthwatch on local health and social care related boards and committees; taking part in ‘enter and view’ visits to health and social care services. Previous experience is not essential as full training is given but for those with an interest in health and social care issues, becoming a Healthwatch volunteer offers the ideal opportunity to help others have a voice, meet people, gain valuable experience and participate in their local community.

“We welcome volunteers of all ages and representative of all groups within our communities and are looking for a significant number of volunteers to help us fulfil the Healthwatch aims which focus on  giving local people a voice,” said  Pat Foster from the Care Forum, the organisation which is managing Healthwatch locally.

For more details and an application pack, or to book a member of the team to come out to talk to your group, please contact:  0117 9589363 or email volunteering@thecareforum.org.uk

For more information about Healthwatch Bath and North East Somerset visit: www.healthwatchbathnes.co.uk or contact us on Twitter @hwatchbathnes

You can tell us your story at http://www.healthwatchbathnes.co.uk/your-stories
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31st October 2013

COUNCILLORS’ PAINTING DAY

Westfield Parish Councillors Diana Cooper and Sue Hamilton donned old clothes for a painting day at Norton Hill Play Area in a bid to help spruce up the park.  The rain held off long enough for them to complete the work, leaving the park looking so much brighter and welcoming.

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9th October 2013

CARING FOR CARERS

It’s an unseasonably warm Friday afternoon at the Carers’ Centre in Radstock, and a group of unpaid carers of varying ages are taking advantage of Barry Hulme’s watercolour class. “The thing about watercolour,” says Barry, “is it takes more care than with oil or pencil drawings. If you make a mistake, it’s not easy to put right.”

    Barry Hulme

The carers come from a variety of backgrounds, a former GP and BBC costume designer amongst them. They’re here to meet new people and learn a new and absorbing skill. But they’re also here to take a break from an activity we may all have to undertake at some time in our lives. Looking after a friend or relative who has become frail, physically or mentally ill, disabled or is experiencing drug or alcohol problems.

The Carers’ Centre is based in Bath and Radstock and aims to give carers a break from their caring as well as renewing their confidence. It also supports them to become more socially active and get back into the job market

To help them do this, volunteers like Barry are invaluable. As well as leading the watercolour class, he also volunteers as a driver, taking carers to many of the “Give Us A Break” activities that the charity runs.

For Barry, volunteering has taken up a huge part of his life, especially since his retirement from the utility supply industry. As well as setting up a youth club in Clandown and serving as a school governor, he’s also worked with volunteers for the BCVS and Millenium volunteers. He’s a keen music fan and spent 16 years helping in the welfare tents at the Glastonbury Festival. “I’ve always enjoyed volunteering,” says Barry, “but it’s a two way street. It keeps me active and I get to meet and help many lovely people.”

The Carers’ Centre is always looking for new volunteers to help support its carers. Volunteers can help our telephone service, drive our carers to events and activities and provide admin support in our busy office.

If you think you might be able to help us, call the Carers’ Centre on (01761) 431388 or email us at info@banescarerscentre.org.uk. www.banescarerscentre.org.uk
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11th September 2013

THE COMMUNITY BUS IN WESTFIELD

The double decker playbus is back in Westfield from September offering family sessions for families with preschool children.

The Bus offers a friendly, supportive place for families to meet up and play. There are many play activities, family learning opportunities, information and advice.

Family sessions started on 10th September and continue every Tuesday morning 10-12 noon during school term times. The sessions are free, but a contribution towards tea/coffee is welcome.

    

You will find the playbus parked in the car park of Westhill Club, Westhill Road.  For dates and times Click Here

Enquiries tel 01761 419557 or communitybus@hotmail.co.uk
Registered Charity 1017312           www.thecommunitybus.org.uk
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3rd September 2013

DOG FOULING DISRUPTS PLAY

Westfield Under 14’s met the Chair of Westfield Parish Council this week to highlight the increasing problem of dog fouling on the football pitches at Norton Hill Recreation Ground and Westhill Recreation Ground in Westfield.

Head Coach, Wayne Gay of the Westfield Under 14’s football team regularly has to clear the pitch of up to 20 pieces of dog mess before play can commence.

Chair of Westfield Parish Council, Cllr Geoff Fuller, put out a plea to dog owners, “As a groundsman at Midsomer Norton Rugby Club we don’t allow dogs because of the disease, Toxocariasis, which has a serious impact on people’s lives.  I would appeal to the public who see dog walkers being negligent about picking up after their dog, to report it.  The Dog Warden is active in this area and we must stand firm on this and let them know that they will be prosecuted.”

Kim McGarva, Bath & North East Somerset Council Dog Warden, added, ““Dog fouling is simply not acceptable wherever it takes place. Dogs mess if touched causes diseases, like Toxocariasis, which can lead to blindness and in some cases death if not treated. If the Council receives a report of dog fouling we will investigate and step-up patrols if necessary, imposing an on-the-spot fine if a dog owner is caught. There is no excuse – dog bins are installed in most parks and open spaces. People can dispose of their bag in regular litter bins too.

Pictured here with an information poster on Toxocariasis:  Cllr Geoff Fuller, Chair of Westfield Parish Council, Wayne Gay, Head Coach and Dan Parfitt, Team Manager with the Westfield Under 14’s.

“We need help from the public in catching perpetrators. If you see a dog walker not cleaning up after their dog, take a description of the person, the dog, and location and report to Council Connect via councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk<mailto:councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk  or calling 01225 39 40 41.”

                                                                                                                                                                    

17th July 2013

A Smiley Face for Westfield

Westfield Parish Council was delighted to see the installation of the smiley face speed indicator device outside Westfield Primary School this week.

Fosseway / Wells Road suffers from relentlessly heavy traffic along a particularly narrow stretch of road.  The safety of pedestrians and in particular of children on their route to school has been of concern to many people.

Cllr Geoff Fuller, Chair of Westfield Parish Council said, “this is an important part of a much needed initiative to address the problem of speeding through Westfield and our thanks go to Bath and North East Somerset Council and in particular to Stefan Chiffers for recognising the need here and arranging the installation of the speed indicator device.”

Paying tribute to the efficient installation of the device by Traffic Technology Ltd earlier in the day, Stefan Chiffers of Bath and North East Somerset Council commented, “we are hoping all drivers will display the smiley face to increase road safety near the school.”

Sue Hamilton, Parish Councillor, PCSO Rob Hendra, Mrs Carver of Westfield Primary School, with children from the Nurture Class, Miss Maggs, Deputy Head of Westfield Primary School, Cllr Geoff Fuller, Chair of Westfield Parish Council and Stefan Chiffers of B&NES Council.

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4th June 2013

A Defibrillator for Westfield

Waterside Carnival Club, originally based at the Clarks Factory Westfield, no longer takes part in the carnivals due to a lack of members but continues to raise money by working at the Glastonbury Festival each year.  Various good causes benefit from the monies raised.

This week the Club presented a defibrillator to the local community in recognition of all their support over the last four decades.  The box is donated in memory of the late Mr Larry Dando, a lifelong member of the Waterside Carnival Club.

Receiving the defibrillator on behalf of the local community, Chair of Westfield Parish Council Cllr Geoff Fuller said,

“This is a great asset to the community and huge thanks go to the Waterside Carnival Club for all their work in fundraising, purchasing and commissioning the defibrillator, to Simon Jones of L&F Jones and the Elm Tree Pharmacy for their help in the siting of the box and to Mark Denning of AF Denning for the installation and electrical works”.

Left to right Robin Moss Rob Pawley Geoff Fullerwebsite

Left to right Robin Moss, Rob Pawley and Geoff Fuller

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