The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday, 4th September, at 7.30 pm in The Parish Room.

Parish Council agendas and minutes are available here. (You will need to sort by date 'last modified'.)  

The 2016/17 Parish Newsletter can be viewed here.

Harvest Supper 29.09.17


Volunteers needed for school repairs and maintenance:

a message from the School Governors

Prior to his retirement, Mr Husher used to undertake non-urgent repair & maintenance work during the summer holidays. The governors are planning a Saturday this summer when they hope to do some of that work. This will include painting benches & raised beds, fixing cupboard doors, and the like. The services of three husbands have already been offered by their wives, and we are looking for a handful of offer villagers to join us for a day in the sun with free refreshments. If you think you might be able to help, please e-mail Ian Hillman (ian.hillman@burringtonprimary.co.uk) or Jonathan Holley (jonathan.holley@burringtonprimary.co.uk) or speak to the school office. We will then arrange a day when most people are free. Unfortunately, children will not be able to help. Thank you


Planning application at the Water Gardens Centre, Bath Road:

Click here to see the application and supporting documents and click here to see the Parish Council's observations.


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


Churchill & Langford Minibus Society - Good Companions

'Good Companions' scheme is operated by the Minibus Society - with the support of local businesses, Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, Thatcher's Cider and Alvis Brothers - to help combat social isolation in the local community within a 10-mile radius of Churchill. It takes people out for social outings to places of interest with refreshment stops for tea, coffee and cake. To join the scheme or nominate others who could benefit, contact Anthony Brown (01934 862306) or Laura Batt (01934 863679). Click here for more details.



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.



Parish Broadband Survey 2016

Burrington Parish Council undertook a survey of broadband services in the parish and the needs of residents and businesses for improved services, from 12th January to 12th April 2016The survey results can be read here. Levels of service may have improved subsequently, but there is still no general provision of next-generation, high-speed broadband services in the parish.

Connecting Devon & Somerset Update (July 2017)

Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset Councils announced on 13 July 2017 that Gigaclear Ltd will be providing an ultrafast broadband service to Lot 1 areas (including this parish) in Phase 2 of the publicly-funded Connecting Devon & Somerset programme. Details of this programme are not yet known. The North Somerset press release can be read here:


To find out if your address is in their plans and to register your interest, visit the Gigaclear postcode checker:


There appear to be at least two possibilities with Gigaclear: the Connecting Devon & Somerset programme (which is publicly subsidised) and commercial provision by Gigaclear. However, you cannot choose. Your address will have been allocated to one or the other by Gigaclear and CDS. In neither case had a detailed programme been published at the end of July 2017. For addresses in the CDS programme, the availability checker says 'between now and the end of 2019' and for addresses in the 'commercial area' it says 'over the next 3 years'.

The Parish Council will continue to seek clarification of the implications for the parish of the CDS programme and any commercial plans for high-speed broadband. Meanwhile, it is probably helpful for you to register an interest in any or all of the prospective schemes that may have potential to meet your needs.


Voneus Limited, which uses a combination of fibre-optic cable and wireless transmission to provide high-speed broadband services to rural communities, is currently undertaking a survey of this parish to see how they could serve it. Their operations are commercial and separate from the Connecting Devon & Somerset programme, although CDS vouchers may also be used to fund a Voneus connection.

Click here for a letter from Voneus. Click here for a presentation about their approach.The company has secured registrations of interest from more than 45 addresses to undertake a detailed survey but it still needs potential subscribers to register their interest. 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. The Voneus scheme (if one is feasible in this parish) should not affect eligibility for CDS Phase 2.

 Voucher Schemes (CDS/BDUK)

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 of the CDS programme. 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 a BDUK voucher scheme operated by the Government, which may be available:


Alternative Broadband Providers

Any new information received on alternative solutions will  be posted on this web site. Please contact this web site if you have any information, using the 'Feedback' link. 


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


Wiggle Mendips involving up to 400 cyclists is planned for Saturday 9th September 2017. It will pass through the parish between Blagdon and Charterhouse, via the A368 and The Combe. 

For further details, see https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/wiggle-mendips-sportive/


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

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



 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



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:


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



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.


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
BS40 7AN


01761 462373

Upcoming event

Parish Council Meeting

Monday 04 September 2017

Parish Council Meeting in the Parish Room, The Square, Burrington BS40 7AD