Closure of Burrington Combe (B3134)

Monday 9th to Friday 13th December 08:00 to 17:00

from A368 Bath Road to Ellick Road

- for carriageway resurfacing, signing improvements and road markings.

Access will be maintained for residents, businesses and emergencies.

The official diversion route (for HGVs) is via Cheddar, Wells and Green Ore.


Strawberry Gardens: a new extra-care housing development in Yatton

Strawberry Gardens Picture 

30 two-bedroom flats will be available for rent through North Somerset Council from Spring 2020.

(Another 30 apartments will be available for shared ownership purchase through Housing 21.)

For further details of the development click here. For information about Extra-Care Housing click here.



The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday 13th January 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Room.

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

The Annual Parish Newsletter for 2018/19 is available here.



Blagdon Local History Society

Bristol Film Cinema  Wednesday 8th January 2.30pm

No meeting for the History Society in December but we hope you will join us for an entertaining afternoon in January to dispel some of those post-Christmas / winter blues. Local expert in the history of Bristol, John Penny, is presenting a cinema session of old films. Some of them should revive memories, maybe a little nostalgia and perhaps some new insights into the past of our local city. We'd love to see you.

Our meeting on 12th February at 2.30 pm is also our AGM but rest assured this is far from a lengthy business meeting. Yes we will have reports on the year's activities, plans for the future and finances but the bulk of the session will be an illustrated presentation of 'Gems from the Archives ' with Sheila Johnson. Always a fascinating afternoon - not to be missed. 

We meet in Court Lodge, next to the Village Stores. Refreshments and social chat time. Members free, visitors £2.50.


Could you be a Marie Curie Helper or Companion? 

Marie Curie are looking for dedicated volunteers for their Helper and Companion Services in Somerset.  The Helper Service offers emotional and practical support to people in your area living with a terminal illness.  This includes visiting them at home, going out with them, or talking to them over the phone.  The Companion Service is based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and offers one-to-one support for patients and their carers in their final days or hours of life. These volunteers give around three hours each week and provide companionship, comfort and emotional support for people on the hospital wards as well as family and friends who are visiting them. All services are completely free to the terminally ill person and full training and travelling expenses are given for all volunteers. If you are interested please phone 08003047400 or email 


Development Proposals for the Blagdon Water Gardens site on Bath Road, Upper Langford BS40 5DN

A new planning application was submitted on 9th August and and validated on 2nd September. The proposed development is described as:

'Demolition of buildings (Use Class A1). Conversion of existing two-storey building to a four-bedroom dwelling (Use Class C3); replacement of existing bungalow (Use Class C3) with a two-storey five-bedroom dwelling; and erection of 8 no.dwellings. Redevelopment of Walled Garden comprising restoration and extension of the existing cottage and heated wall to provide a five-bedroom dwelling and erection of single-storey five-bedroom dwelling. Improvements to existing vehicular access, hard/soft landscape works, and drainage.'

These proposals for the development of 12 dwellings (including conversions and replacements) follow a previous outline planning application for 28 dwellings (17/P/0999/O) that was refused on 18th April 2018 for four reasons which may be summarised as: 

  1. the site is an unsustainable rural location; there are no community services or facilities accessible without using a car; and development would therefore be contrary to national and local planning policies;
  2. 28 dwellings would be an over development of the site because of its scale and prominence, and an extension into previously open and undeveloped land, with significantly adverse visual impacts on the Mendip Hills AONB, contrary to national and local planning policies;
  3. the distance from surrounding settlements and services, the absence of public transport or facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and road conditions on the A368 would discourage travel by modes other than car, contrary to national and local planning policies; and
  4. concerns that flood risks had not been addressed adequately in the absence of modelling information in relation to known overland surface water flows, contrary to local planning policies.

The Parish Council objected to the previous application for reasons that are given in the documents at this link.

The new application (19/P/1963/FUL) is accompanied by more than 140 documents which can be accessed at this link. (The Planning Statement can be used as a convenient summary.) There is also an application for listed building consent related to works affecting the listed historic garden wall (19/P/1964/LBC) which relies on the same documents with a separate application form.

The Parish Council's response can be read at this link. Residents can respond directly to North Somerset Council using this link.   Amended plans and additional reports were submitted on 13th November.



Chew Valley Connect

Are you over 50? Or quite a lot older? If so, there is a new idea which you might be interested in. Chew Valley Connect is all about finding ways for older people living in the Valley to meet and explore how we could do things together and find shared interests.Chew Valley Connect plans to hold meetings in different parts of the area 3 or 4 times a year.  If you want to be kept in touch with plans, or if you have any questions, email or contact Rural Connections at WERN on 01934 225184. Here are links to You Tube for two short videos on the project:                                  


Mobile Library Times 

Visits of the Mobile Library at Burrington, Churchill, Langford, Rickford and Blagdon are on Thursdays.

(11:10 to 11:55 at Burrington  and 12:00 to 12:30 at Rickford)

Click here for the full timetable.

              Can you drive? 

Minibus Society Logo


Churchill and Langford Minibus Society urgently needs more volunteer drivers. For details click here and see the bus services page on this web site. Click here for the Chairman's report.


Handy Person Service

North Somerset Council has launched a new service for people aged 60 or over, or who have a disability: to carry out repairs, maintenance, improvements, adaptations and other ‘odd jobs’ and to help people live safely and independently in their own homes.  They also run an equipment and demonstration centre in Weston-super-Mare which has a wide range of assistive technology and adaptation equipment for you to ‘try before you buy.’ For details, visit or phone 01934 520 116.

0% Loans for Bulk Fuel Buying

Click here for details of a loan scheme funded by North Somerset Council that enables homeowners and private tenants with a household income of less than £30,000 per annum to borrow up to £500 over six months at 0% APR.  Loans can be used to purchase oil, LPG, wood or coal where these are the main sources of household heating.

North Somerset Council also funds a loan scheme for homeowners for essential home repairs and improvements (subject to status). For more information, visit, call 01823 461099, or email


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

 See also Meetings and Events or the Noticeboard

Please forward information on events to publicise them on this website


North Somerset Council funds a loan scheme for homeowners for essential home repairs and improvements (subject to status). For more information, visit, call 01823 461099, or email

Your local, not for profit lender, working in partnership with North Somerset Council, is Wessex Resolutions CIC, Heatherton Park Studios, Bradford on Tone, Taunton, TA4 1EU 



Marie Curie Logo

This service is completely free to anyone in Somerset who has a diagnosis of any terminal illness and is over 18

Click here for further details.

Community Speedwatch logo

Community Speedwatch

Are you concerned about road safety and, in particular, motorists exceeding speed limits in this parish?

The local Community Speedwatch team needs new members.

To inquire about helping to tackle the problem of speeding motorists, please contact the parish clerk (details below).

For further details about the Community Speedwatch scheme, please follow this link or click on the logo.


For free, independent advice on a wide range of issues, you can book an appointment with

Winscombe Advice Centre: every Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

at Winscombe & Sandford Parish Council, 11 Sandford Road, Winscombe, BS25 1JA

Tel: 01934 844247; Email:

For more information: or click on the logo.