RECOGNISING LOCAL HEROES

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COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE

Is reversing climate change possible? Are you interested in exploring the solutions and finding your role in saving our planet here in Westfield?
A Climate Emergency Working Group has been set up in Westfield and we are looking for people of all ages to get involved in as many different ways as possible.
B&NES Councillor, Sarah Warren, Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services, will be welcomed at a meeting of Westfield Parish Council on Monday 1st February at 7pm.  Please join her as we hear and discuss how we might combat Climate Change at a local level.
To join the meeting go to the Westfield Parish Council website – www.westfieldparishcouncil.co.uk where the Zoom link to the meeting will be published.
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CENSUS 2021

Ready, steady, census

The decennial census is almost upon us.

Households across Westfield will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk.

 

 

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BEWARE OF VACCINATION SCAM

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Beware of vaccination scam
Residents across Bath and North East Somerset are being warned to beware of a coronavirus text message scam.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Trading Standards Team have received complaints of fraudsters taking advantage of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout by sending convincing text messages to scam people out of financial information.

The text messages claim to be from the NHS and state recipients are eligible to receive the vaccine. Included in the message is a hyper-link to a fake application form which asks for personal information and a credit card number.

The hyper-link address is application-ukform.com

Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services, said: “Sadly there are some very unscrupulous people who have no qualms about taking advantage of others even in the most testing of times and the pandemic has provided them with the perfect opportunity to pray on people’s fears and vulnerabilities. Please do not fall for these types of scams. The NHS does not charge for the vaccine and will never ask you for your credit cards details. Please be wary of any unsolicited emails, texts or calls.”

For more advice contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service by following this link https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/if-you-need-more-help-about-a-consumer-issue/ or telephone 08082231133.

More information about the council’s Trading Standards team can be found at https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/trading-standards

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LATEST ADVICE AND USEFUL LINKS ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Here is a reminder of places that you can seek information or assistance.

Government response

B&NES Council daily updates

Age UK B&NES – help for elderly people that need support whilst self-isolating.  01225 466135

Sustainable Food Partnership – On here, you will find local businesses which have adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic to provide food delivery, hot meals and takeaway services to Bath and North East Somerset residents.

Royal British Legion, support for serving military personnel, ex-service men and women and their dependents in Westfield. Call 07858 576597

Community Wellbeing Hub You can call 0300247 0050 for assistance with shopping, medication collection or just want someone to talk to.

If you would like to offer to help in any way B&NES Volunteers network 3SG and The Cooperative Alliance has set up an online form at Compassionate Community You can also follow B&NES 3SG on Facebook. You can contact them if you are in need of someone to help you, for example if you are self isolating and need someone to do some shopping for you.

Don’t delay in seeking medical help for all conditions.  Details of which services continue to open, as well as how to get in contact, can be found online by visiting www.bswccg.nhs.uk

The Parish Council is following advice for local councils via the National Association for Local Councils.

www.bathmind.org.uk

We hope that you are managing during these challenging times.

You will no doubt be familiar with Bath Mind – your local, independent mental health charity providing crucial mental health services across the whole of B&NES.

At Bath Mind, we put people at the heart of everything we do, and we would like to make your parish aware of the changes to our services as a result of the coronavirus.

As well as working as a lead in the Compassionate Community Hub, this week Bath Mind opened their new service “Breathing Space” providing a vital evening support line for those in crisis.

You can find us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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NEW SWINGS AT WESTHILL

We’re delighted to report that the new swings have arrived at Weshill Recreation Ground, along with new cushioned matting below

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PHOTOS WANTED – THEN AND NOW

One of our Councillors has been given a couple of photos of the shops in Westfield back in the 1950s and this has prompted us to think about an article in the Warbler for the next edition in November.

If you have any old photographs of anywhere in Westfield from some time ago then would you let us have a copy?  You can email them to us at council@westfieldparishcouncil.co.uk or put them on our Facebook page.  If you don’t have a current up to date photo of the same view then we are happy to go out and get one – as long as we can identify the view first!!

It should be a lovely article, bringing back memories for those who have lived in Westfield for years, or surprising those that are new to the area with the pictures of what was there before.

Thank you in advance.

Update:  We’ve had a few lovely pictures, but could do with some more!  Send them to us by email or on Facebook.  We look forward to seeing your old pictures.

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SUPPORT AVAILABLE

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WESTFIELD PARISH COUNCIL – QUALITY STATUS

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved, once more, the Quality status awarded by the National Association of Local Councils.  This is indicative of our deep commitment to improve the local community

Certificate of Quality status award

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GREEN AND OPEN SPACES IN WESTFIELD

Do you use the green and open spaces of Westfield?

Perhaps you are a dog walker who enjoys Waterside Valley, or you may take your family to the play areas and cycle paths of Westfield. Possibly you belong to a group which goes on nature walks or runs in our green spaces. Whatever your background, if you use the green and open spaces of Westfield you may like to take part in the Westfield Green and Open Spaces Group.

This group is set up to protect and enhance the green open spaces of Westfield, including their accessibility. Helping to prioritise the use of funding from developer contributions designated for green open spaces in Westfield forms part of their work.

Your input can be as little or large as you like. You might like simply to receive the minutes of the group and email some thoughts. Or you might like to come along to meetings, put forward your suggestions and work towards seeing them come to fruition. Input at all levels is welcome.

We hope to hear from you. Please contact the Westfield Parish Clerk on council@westfieldparishcouncil.co.uk or call 01761 410669 or look at the website to monitor the progress of the group www.westfieldparishcouncil.co.uk

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DON’T FEED THE GULLS

Please see the following notice from BaNES:

Poster advertising "Don't feed the gulls"