PARISH COUNCIL

The Annual Parish Meeting will be on Monday 3rd April at 7:30 pm followed by a Parish Council meeting.

Agendas are available here.

Copies of the Annual Parish Council Newsletter will be distributed before the meeting.

It can also be viewed here.

The last meeting of the Parish Council was on Monday 13th February 2017.

The draft minutes are available here. Other agendas and minutes are available here. (Sort by date.)   

 

Bus Services 

For details of local bus services, the Falcon, Airport Flyer Express and Churchil & Langford Minibus Society, click 'Bus Services' on the navigation panel above or click this link

 

Broadband

A progress report (14th March 2017) from Connecting Devon & Somerset to Devon County Council's Scrutiny Committee is available by clicking here. 

Unfortunately, there is no progress in this parish. On Phase 2 of the CDS Programme, the report says: ‘Lot 1 (in the Bath & North East Somerset area) is currently the subject of a legal challenge and this process needs to conclude before a contract may be awarded.’ (Lot 1 actually includes North Somerset as well as Bath & North East Somerset.) CDS will not say anything more about the nature of the legal challenge or the identity of the complainant.

To make matters worse, CDS is still showing some houses in this parish as excluded from Phase 2 of their programme. Some addresses are shown as 'Commercial Area: According to our records your property is either currently, or planned to be, covered through private sector investment by the end of 2019. As such, we are not able to invest public money in your area under European Commission State Aid rules.’

You should check what CDS says about your address on the CDS line checker:

https://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/line-checker/ 

For this area, it should say 'Phase 2 - Lot 1 (Being Procured): Your property lies within Lot 1 of our Phase 2 rollout. We are still undergoing procurement for a supplier to this lot. However, we hope to be in a position to announce a winning bidder in the coming months. Once procurement has completed we will be in a position to show which properties lie within the provisional plans for this lot, as well as the properties within the Lot 1 area not set to be covered by the planned intervention.'

Widespread errors in data about availability of high speed broadband and plans for commercial investment have been brought to the attention of CDS and North Somerset Council. CDS has previously undertaken to correct errrors, but now says it cannot do anything until the legal challenge to Lot 1 of Phase 2 is resolved. The Parish Council will continue to press CDS and North Somerset Council for action to address the lack of high-speed broadband services in this parish, in collaboration with the West of England Rural Network.

Full results of the 2016 parish survey of broadband services are available by clicking here. The results highlighted the critical importance of good quality broadband services and the very poor service received in the parish, which was missed out by 'Connecting Devon and Somerset' in Phase 1 of the government-financed scheme for high speed broadband. It will be important for the parish to be included in Phase 2 of Connecting Devon and Somerset's programme, and to get the support of North Somerset Council for improved broadband services. 

Even if you do not make much use of the Internet for communications, research, dowloading or streaming TV and movies, the availability of high-speed broadband will affect the value and saleability of your house. Rightmove includes a broadband speed checker for all properties. All home owners therefore have an interest in the availability of high-speed broadband.

Voneus

We have recently received information from Voneus Limited which uses a combination of fibre-optic cable and wireless transmission to provide high-speed broadband services to rural communities. Click here for a letter from Voneus. Click here for a presentation about their approach.The company needs registrations of interest from 45 addresses to undertake a detailed survey to establish what service is feasible. If you want to know more, email your name, full postal address and contact number to sales@voneus.com to register your interest with no obligation.

You may have qualified for a voucher from CDS worth £500 towards installation costs, if you receive a download speed of less than 2 Mbps and applied to CDS before 30th November 2016. The scheme is currently 'paused to applications' and under review, pending clarification about the scope of Phase 2. However, if you do not already have a voucher you can register interest with CDS which aims to continue the voucher scheme after April 2017. For information and registration, email broadbandvoucher-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

There is also the BDUK voucher scheme operated by the Government, which may be available http://www.broadbandwherever.net/support-schemes/free-broadband-for-england/ 

It will be necessary to investigate whether a Voneus scheme (if one is feasible in this parish) would affect eligibility for CDS Phase 2. 

 

 

Dates for the Diary:

Church Services: Click here for the Church newsletter with details of services

1st Friday of every month: Coffee Morning in the Parish Room at 8.45 to 11.00 am

Please forward information on events to publicise them on this website

 

Great Weston Ride Route

This year’s Ride is scheduled to take place on Sunday 16th July 2017.The route will go through Long Ashton, Barrow Gurney, Winford, Chew Stoke, Compton Martin, Ubley, Blagdon, Burrington Combe, Cheddar, Priddy, Rodney Stoke, Wedmore, Mark, Highbridge, Burnham, Uphill and Weston. For further details, including the final route, visit the web site: http://www.greatwestonride.com/home

 

Citizens Advice

Click here for times of 'drop-in' sessions at the Badger Centre 3-6 Wadham Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1JY.

Visit the Citizens Advice web site www.nscab.org.uk for details of 'drop-in' sessions in Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead, Yatton and Pill, or contact bureau@nsomersetcab.cabnet.org.uk

 

Healthwatch logo

We are collecting the views of carers in North Somerset to see how health and social care services meet your needs.

You can contact us on the number below and we will call you back or download the Carers' Survey from our website.

The closing date is the end of March 2017. Click here for the poster.

Do you have a couple of hours a month to help us improve the quality of health care for North Somerset?

Click here for further details or contact Healthwatch North Somerset directly:

Tel: 01275 851400; website: www.healthwatchnorthsomerset.co.uk; email: contact@healthwatchnorthsomerset.co.uk

 

 

Mobile Library Times, from April to September 2017

For times of fortnightly visits by the mobile library on Tuesdays in Langford, Burrington, Rickford, Blagdon and Churchill, click here 

 

 

North Somerset Children's Centres

Click here for details

Click here for First Aid Training

 

Coffee Mornings in the Parish Room

are being organised by residents of Burrington and Rickford for all local people

on the first Friday of each month.

 Village Agents

Do you need any assistance, care or support?  (Or do you know someone who does?)

A wide range of options delivered by North Somerset Council and independent organisations are available to provide support if needed. Care and support may be required because of ill health, a disability, because you are caring for others, or during a crisis.

Community Connect is the single point of access for all general health and social enquiries in North Somerset for the over 50s, outside those provided by your GP.  Community Connect offers impartial advice and can guide you towards social care services offered by North Somerset Council, or put you in touch with voluntary, statutory or private sector organisations.

Some of the services provided via Community Connect: Security; Fire Safety; House and Home; Money; Keeping Warm; Electrical and Gas Safety; Falls; Accident Prevention; Keeping Healthy; Social groups; Learning Opportunities; Getting out & about; Equipment for Independence; Care Support.

We can offer tailored support for older people to stay connected and active in their communities. We can also help you and your community to set up groups and activities that benefit the local area. There are simple effective actions we can all take to boost our wellbeing to feel healthier and happier.

If you're reading this and would like to get more involved in your community, or you are simply after information or advice, please call our Community Connect team today on 01275 888 803 or email communityconnect@curo-group.co.uk

  In the parish of Burrington you can contact your Village Agent, Lyndsay Newman on 07967 345559
  lyndsay.newman@curo-group.co.uk

 

STAYING ACTIVE IN LATER LIFE

Being physically active can improve your quality of life and aid recovery from many health issues. It is also a great way to meet new people and do something positive for yourself.

Through Age UK Somerset we can offer various classes in your area run by independent instructors, these can range from Tai Chi, gentle exercise to music, Zumba Gold, yoga and seated Stretch and Flex. Keeping to a healthy weight and taking regular physical activity, will improve your mood, make you feel less tired and give you a healthier heart and stronger bones. So if you haven’t been very active for a while or are new to it, please come and join us. You can also access some of these classes for FREE through the Chequebook scheme:

www.n-somerset.gov.uk/G4F

For more information please contact: Nikki Smith, Ageing Well Co-ordinator on 07530 777895, or email nikkismith@ageuksomerset.org.uk

 

Plantlife

Click to view: Road Verges Campaign

 

North Somerset Citizen's Advice Bureau

Click here for details of how to get advice on debt, benefits, employment and housing.

 

For grants that may be available to people in rural areas:

see Noticeboard for details.

 

Churchill Sports Centre

Churchill Sports Centre is open to members and non-members. There are a great number of facilities including swimming pool, tennis courts, squash court, floodlit all weather pitch, fully equipped Gym, exercise classes, outdoor playing fields and sports hall suitable for badminton, volleyball and more. We offer swimming lessons, birthday parties and much more.

We offer free swimming to expectant Mums and those with young babies. In addition to this children under 4 swim free. Our under 5s toddler swimming is Tuesdays 2 – 3pm.

The link to our website is  http://www.toneleisure.co.uk/centres/churchill-sports-centre

 

 

Community Companions

Weston Hospicecare is looking for volunteer Community Companions. A Community Companion is a source of support for someone who is caring for someone. If you have had experience caring for a loved one this could be the role for you. For further details click here

or email: compassionate.communities@westonhospicecare.org.uk 

'Sing With Us'

Join us at one of our fun, stimulating Singing for the Brain sessions for people in the early to moderate stages of dementia and their carers. Enjoy a chat over coffee and meet new friends. Your local group meets every Wednesday from 10.00am to 12.00pm at The Wellsway, Harptree Hill, West Harptree, BS40 6EJ

Contact Paula Smith (Alzheimers Society ) on 07795 344936 or  Lyndsay Newman (Village Agent) on 07967 345559 for information.

 

Discovering Blackdown: for details, click here.

Forthcoming Events:

see Meetings and Events or the Noticeboard

Contact Information

Applegarth, Rickford Rise
Burrington
Bristol
BS40 7AN

burringtonpc@yahoo.co.uk

01761 462373

Upcoming event

Annual Parish Meeting

Monday 03 April 2017

The Annual Parish Meetinhg will take place in the Parish Room at 7.30 pm with refreshments from 7.00 pm. It will be followed by a Parish Council meeting