Community Challenges 2020

The Community Challenges are organised in partnership with Virgin’s Community Volunteer Service B&NES and involve other organisations and local businesses who take part on the day.  These are mainly offered as a whole day activity to employers across the area to help make a difference to a community project and in previous years this has included painting a play area or community space or helping with community meal as examples. The possibilities are endless.

Did you know? The summer of 2019 included 35 such activities, involving 17 local employers, with 327 people taking part over all.

Here are some of the comments from previous hosts:-

“Thank you for organising an incredible day on Friday! I am so pleased Michelle bumped into you a few months ago and the result has just blown us away. Our customers have commented how amazing the garden looks and they are even inspired to get stuck in during their visits. Please thank again your incredible team as already their hard work has inspired, encouraged and enhanced our customers wellbeing and mental health. Lives really are changed here and it takes a community to do this! Again, THANK YOU to you both for your hard work and passion in making difference to the Wellbeing House.” Bethan Edmunds, Curo

“It was a really good day and we got more done than expected. We’re very grateful. Thanks for your email and photos, we’ll write up an article on today’s community challenge for our monthly parish newsletter, and will include some of the photos of the team.” Dunkerton Parish Council

“Thank you so much for arranging fab group of volunteers, they were all a delight. I am so thrilled with everything they did. The garden is looking wonderful and we have freshly painted walls and a freezer full of scones for… our event later this week!” Lifeworks Project

So could you do with some help?

If you have a project that you would like us to consider for the Community Challenges 2020 programme, then please contact me:

Mike Plows, email: or tel: 01225 477 115

To be eligible projects must:

• Benefit a community / charitable organisation not an individual.

• The work of the organisation must benefit residents of Bath and North East Somerset.

• Provide evidence of public liability insurance and risk assessments.

• Supply equipment, materials and the necessary tools to carry out the tasks.

This year’s challenges will take place on weekdays during June, July and August

Here is an example why businesses across Bath and North East Somerset support their employees to volunteer

Here is why businesses in Bath and North East Somerset are leaving their workplaces and getting out into the community, does your business what to get involved? if so contact Mike Plows

Posted by Bath & North East Somerset Community Volunteer Services on Friday, 11 March 2016


For the nomination form please see Westfield Inspirational Citizen page under the Community Information drop down.



Please see the response that Westfield Parish Council has made to the Mendip Local Plan Part 2.
Westfield Parish Council response to the Main Modifications of the Mendip Local Plan Part 2 10 02 20



Welcome to the new Parish Councillor, Lesley Mansell






February half-term at the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery
This February half-term, children can learn to play a Roman game, dress up as a Roman, make a fashion puppet, and create a crafty cat or a dancing figure at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s museums.
There are family-friendly activities running throughout the half-term week at the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery.
Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We hope that local families will enjoy all of the fun and creative activities on offer at our museums. There’s something happening every day during February half-term, and all activities are free for Bath and North East Somerset residents with a Discovery Card.”
Togas and Tunics
The Roman Baths
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
Discover how the Romans dressed and transform yourself by trying on a Roman toga. Grownups are welcome to dress up too!
Making Merry with Merels
The Roman Baths
Monday 17 to Friday 21 February, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
Find out how to play the Roman board game of Merels, and make a Merels set to take home and play with family and friends.
Puppet People
Fashion Museum
Tuesday 18 February, 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3.30pm
Admire the fashion dolls in the Museum’s Little and Large display, which were used to show off designers’ latest fashions. Make and dress little cardboard finger puppets using felt and collage materials.
Pattern Cat
Victoria Art Gallery
Wednesday 19 February, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
There are some amazing cats in our Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre exhibition. Be inspired by these furry creatures and use special pens and tissue paper to create a feline friend.
Dazzling Dancers
Victoria Art Gallery
Friday 21 February, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Explore the show posters in our Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre exhibition, and then create dancing figures using paper, card and felt tips.
All activities included in the admission price (free for Discovery Card holders). Suitable for children aged 3+. Children cannot be left and must be accompanied by an adult.

Discovery Cards
Discovery Cards are simple to get and allow Bath & North East Somerset Council Tax payers to visit Council attractions for free and enjoy a range of discounts at other outlets, shops and cafés.
They are available to Bath & North East Somerset residents at no cost, from any of the following locations:
• Bath One Stop Shop
• The Fashion Museum
• The Roman Baths
• Victoria Art Gallery
• Keynsham Library & Information Service
• Midsomer Norton Library & Information Service
Applicants must bring proof of ID such as a passport or photocard driving licence, and proof of residence such as a recent Council Tax or utility bill. For information about Discovery Cards visithttp://



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



B&NES Energy at Home advice service will be at the following locations to give residents advice about how to save energy through heating and insulation improvements, answering questions about smart meters as well as information on lowering fuel bills by switching energy suppliers. Drop in, no booking necessary.

• Tuesday 21 January at Keynsham Library 10.30-15.30

• Wednesday 29 January at Bath Central Library 10.30-15.30

• Tuesday 25 February at Midsomer Norton library 10.30-15.30

• Wednesday 26 February Bath Central Library 10.30-15.30

• Wednesday 18 March at Keynsham Library 10.30-15.30

• Wednesday 25 March Bath Central Library 10.30-15.30



See the Cam Valley Wildlife Group News here:
Cam Valley Wildlife Group Newsletter Winter 2020



Parish Council Chairman, Geoff Fuller, has used his Chairman’s Allowance to make donations to local groups. Here he is with Justin and Leanne at
SWALLOW beside their friendship tree.



Poster for Youth Connect services in Westfield



Call NHS



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 or call 01761 410669 or look at the website to monitor the progress of the group



Please see the following notice from BaNES:

Poster advertising "Don't feed the gulls"