The last meeting of the Parish Council was held on Monday 7th November 2016.

The draft minutes can be accessed by clicking here.

The Annual Parish Newsletter for 2016 can be accessed by clicking here. 


 Burrington Ham Seriously Damaged by Illegal Off-Road Driving

Serious damage has been done to Burrington Ham by illegal off-road driving. The incident occurred on Tuesday 22nd November during the evening. The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has reported this crime to the Police and evidence has been collected from the scene.

Do you know who is responsible? If you have any further information, please contact the AONB (01761 462338) or call the Police on 101.


West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Strategy - Towards the Emerging Strategy

Public Consultation: 7th November to 19th December 2016

The four councils of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are now consulting on a 'Joint Spatial Plan' and a 'Joint Transport Strategy' for the next 20 years. They consulted on 'Issues and Options' a year ago. The current consultation is on an 'emerging spatial strategy' and a 'transport vision'.  Details of the two documents and the consultation process are available at this link:

There will  be an exhibition on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm in Churchill Primary School, Pudding Pie Land, Langford BS40 5EL, with council planners present to answer questions. The Parish Council will be considering its response and will welcome contributions from parishioners who can also respond directly as individuals or organisations by following the above link. The following diagram summarises the emerging spatial strategy. Locations and transport corridors shown for development are not definite or specific proposals at this stage.

Emerging Spatial Strategy_Nov 2016.jpg


Unauthorised Off-Site Airport Parking: Consultation by North Somerset Council on an Article 4 Direction

North Somerset Council is also consulting on action to enhance their ability to control temporary car parking sites. Some operators have been exploiting 'permitted development rights' for temporary uses that should last no more than 28 days. The proposal is to remove these  permitted development rights by means of an Article 4 Direction within an area around the airport to make enforcement against unauthorised car parking more effective . 

Burrington Parish Council believes that the proposed area should be drawn to include the parish of Burrington as there is evidence of unauthorised car parking within the parish.

For further details and to respond to the consultation, follow this link. The deadline for comments is 30 November 2016.


Churchill & Langford Minibus Society

Minibus Society Logo

Drivers Wanted: please click here for further details

and contact Malcolm on 852314 or Alan on 862250 to discuss.

The Society also needs a volunteer Booking Secretary: please click here for further details

and contact Laura on 863679 or Alan on 862250 to discuss

 For service details and  information about the Minibus Society click here and see Noticeboard via panel on left.

The Society recently secured funding for a new minibus. Please note that services are available to people of all ages.

For Service Timetable (January 2016) click here.


Burrington Village Fete 2016

Burrington Fete 2016

 To see more photos of the fete, click on the Photo Album and then click the thumbnails to enlarge the pictures. 

If you have photos of the fete or of anything else in the Parish, please forrward them to show on this web site.


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




The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) Programme has been running a voucher scheme as part of its commitment to ensuring all premises have access to at least 2 Mbps. The scheme was launched in March 2016 and it offers anyone with a broadband speed of less than 2Mbps a voucher worth up to £500 towards the cost of a new broadband connection.The scheme will close to applications on the 30th of November 2016, though voucher holders can still use their vouchers up until March 2017. Anybody who applies before this date will have the voucher processed and will be part of the system. Full details are available at

 For the latest update from Connecting Devon & Somerset, (25 August 2016), click here.

Full results of the Parish survey of broadband services are available by clicking here. There were 60 responses, which is a 28% sample of the 217 addresses in the parish and includes 27 of the 34 postcodes in the parish (79%).

Maximum reported dowload speeds averaged 2.93 megabits per second (Mbps), although 48% of respondents reported lower speeds. The highest reported download speed was 5.85 Mbps, but only 6% of respondents received 5 Mbps or more. The lowest reported download speed was 0.28 Mbps

Two thirds of respondents used the Internet to work from home and about a third used the Internet to run a business. Other important uses of the Internet included study (35%) and running voluntary organisations (15%).

The results highlight the critical importance of good quality broadband services and the very poor service currently received in the Parish, which has been 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.


Mobile Library Times, October 2016 to March 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

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



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 Mum’s and those with young babies. In addition to this children under 4 swim free. Our Under 5’s toddler swimming is Tuesdays 2 – 3pm.

The link to our website is



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: 

'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