Community Matters

24-Mar-2021 A 20 mph traffic scheme to lower driving speeds through Winscombe and Sandford
The Parish Council has asked for residents' views on bringing in a 20 mph traffic scheme, and what streets we think should be covered, via the Occasional magazine. There is an online Facebook survey, with one question, asking for a yes or no answer, about the possible cost. Here are the answers to some questions about this, with a suggested response to the Parish Council. References for the answers are online at

Please consider sending the email response in Sandford News March 2021, attached, adding in your own comments, even if you have already contacted the Parish Council about this . Paper copies of the email are available on request, so please tell any neighbours who are not on the internet.

1. Why is the Parish Council paying for a traffic scheme, and not North Somerset Council ?
Government funding cuts, and Covid-19, mean local authorities have much less to spend. There is no government funding specifically for 20 mph zones and limits across local authority areas,
although government guidance on local speed limits has recommended these for built-up residential streets since 2013, backed by public health guidance. There is other government funding which could be used, like Housing Infrastructure, Active Travel, and Sustainable Travel funding. North Somerset Council policy is that the Council pays for the traffic scheme survey by Highways, and Town or Parish Councils pay for the traffic scheme itself. It's up to the individual Town and Parish Councils to apply for a traffic scheme, and when they apply. S.106 money can be used to pay for the scheme, which is the money paid by developers when large developments go ahead, or Parish Council reserve funds, or money from the precept, which is the annual share the Parish Council gets from our council tax payments to North Somerset Council.

2. Why is £24,000 being estimated as the cost?
The Parish Council hasn't explained this figure, but it is likely to be based on a comparison of costs paid by other parishes. £24,000 works out at around £5.00 a head, based on a population of around 4,500, 3,000 people in Winscombe and 1,500 in Sandford. This cost is for 20 mph zones, which have traffic calming like speed bumps and chicanes, and is a one-off cost. 20 mph limits are quicker and easier to put in, with signage and minimal traffic calming for wider areas. They cost less than 20 mph zones. 20 mph limit schemes cost around £3 per head, so the total cost for the parish would be around £13,500, again a one-off cost.

3. When would the scheme happen, and how long would it take?
North Somerset Council's Corporate Plan aims to have 20 mph zones in Backwell and Wrington by March 2021, with one scheme a year after that. Wrington is still waiting for their scheme. Several other Town and Parish Councils are 'in the queue' now, so it will be at least 4 years before our parish is considered for a scheme, even if the Parish Council puts in for one now.

4. What about the Banwell Bypass, opening in 2024?
There is a strong argument for the Parish Council to ask for a road scheme for the parish, as part of the Banwell Bypass works funded by government Housing Infrastructure Fund money, or through a S.106 payment from the same development, as part of planning permission. This would mean Sandford and Winscombe would have some protection from the road safety and
public health risks of much more traffic from the Banwell Bypass traffic, before the Bypass opens in 2024. Barrow Gurney Parish Council, for example, had their traffic scheme paid for by Bristol Airport because of the heavy traffic through the village to and from the Airport.

5. What are the advantages of having a traffic scheme reducing driver speeds through our villages?
Higher speeds cost lives. Traffic schemes, particularly 20 mph zones and limits in residential streets, slow down traffic.
1. At 40 mph collisions, 31% of people of all ages are killed, and 98% of over 60 year olds are killed
2. At 30 mph 7% are killed, with 50% of over 60 year olds killed
3. At 20 mph 1 % are killed, and 5% of over 60 year olds are killed.
4. With 20mph limits instead of 30 mph in residential street, there are over 20% fewer casualties.
5. Road traffic casualties mean 3,000 extra hospital admissions a day, straining NHS resources.
6. Even low reductions in speeds saves lives. 1 mph reduction in speed means a 6% reduction in collisions.

Fear of traffic travelling at high speeds means people are less likely to walk and cycle, and more likely to use their car for short journeys.

Better health: Being physically inactive contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK. When people exercise more, there are lower risks of heart problems, diabetes, depression and dementia, helping maintain a healthy weight in all ages including children, and reducing falls and hip fractures in frail older people. Walking and cycling are important ways of taking exercise, and increasing social contact with neighbours.

Less ill health and deaths from air pollution. Increased traffic means more air pollution. Air pollution is linked to one in 19 UK deaths.

20 mph neighbourhoods are popular, good for local business and communities. 20 mph limits and zones have been brought in successfully across many other local authorities. Studies show they are even more popular with residents afterwards. They increase footfall for local businesses, and encourage community spirit. They have led to street play projects in some areas, where roads are closed to traffic temporarily on some days, to allow children to play out near their homes safely.

Climate Emergency and Covid-19: There is an urgent need to reduce the emissions from transport, and support community resilience after the Covid-19 pandemic. 20 mph road schemes help both.

6. What should be considered in planning a scheme?
• Data on collisions and casualties, conditions for vulnerable road users, impacts on walking and cycling, congestion and journey time reliability, environmental, community and quality of life impact, including emissions, noise, vibration, and costs.
• The minimum length of a speed limit should not be less than 600 m to avoid too many changes of speed limit along the route.
• Comprehensive, early consultation of everyone affected by the 20 mph scheme is essential.

7. What areas in Winscombe and Sandford should be included in the scheme?
• Major streets where walkers and cyclists are a major consideration, such as the walking andcycling routes to school, shopping streets, nursing homes.
• residential streets in both villages.

Cresten Boase - Sandford Neighbourhood Group

22-Oct-2020 Community food growing
Somerset Public Health are developing a project to support more community-based allotment/growing initiatives, and are getting in touch with groups around the country to gather information. The aim is to offer funding to reduce food insecurity and improve health and well being. Recently the Tesco chairman has warned of short term food shortages, particularly of fresh food, after Brexit, due to the delays in transporting imported food. Currently the UK produces around 55% of its own food. Longer-term concerns around climate change and its impact on food growing at home and abroad and rising food prices ,have led many people to think about growing at least some of their own food. If you would like to belong to a community group growing your own food, or have land you are willing to make available for this, please get in touch with Sustainable Winscombe and Sandford at

22-Oct-2020 Winscombe Community Orchard - Update
The Parish Council have reversed the decision not to to apply to register the orchard made by the working group, and have applied for registration to North Somerset Council. Their response is awaited.

28-Aug-2020 Winscombe Community Orchard - will you help to protect it for community use?
If you would like to join other local people in applying to protect this community asset, please get in touch with Lois Brenchley and Chris Ballard at, who are applying to have the Orchard registered as a community asset.
Winscombe Community Orchard, featured in the Ordnance Survey GetOutside guide, offers a peaceful green space, with fruit trees, a meadow, wildflowers, and two benches, a short walk from the Strawberry Line just after the Woodborough Road Bridge, and in the future linking the new Woodborough Farm estate and Winscombe.
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of such open green spaces for community use, now and in the future. Previously registered as a community asset with North Somerset Council, the orchard's registration has now lapsed.
A group of at least 21 local people can nominate the orchard as a community asset, on the grounds that it is of interest socially and recreationally, and increases the wellbeing of the community now and into the future. There is no cost involved in applying. Once registered, if the orchard comes up for sale, the community then has up to six weeks to express an interest in buying it, to safeguard it for community use in the future, although there is no compulsion to buy it. More information can be found on the government MyCommunity website

27-Aug-2020 Hinckley Connection Project
Presentation to Winscombe & Sandford Parish Council, 27th July 2020

20200727 Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council plus maps FINAL.pdf

27-Aug-2020 Hinckley Connection Project update, summer 2020
HCP summer update 2020.pdf

04-Aug-2020 Sandford News August 2020 is now available
This has been emailed to all our contacts in Sandford.Click on the images below or the link for the full PDF version

SNG Newsletter August 2020.pdf

16-Jun-2020 Neighbourhood Policing Team Newsletter
NPT Newsletter 30.05.20 (003).pdf

21-Apr-2020 Wellbeing information

21-Apr-2020 Beware fake Netflix and Disney+ pages
Hackers exploit coronavirus lockdown with fake Netflix and Disney+ pages

21-Apr-2020 Extended Lockdown emphasises a growing need for emotional support: a call to participate in Lockdown Dreams 2020
And also, a team of wellbeing practitioners offering free telphone and online support:

14-Apr-2020 Domestic Violence Abuse helplines report a massive increase in calls following lockdown.
For help, goto the YouAreNotAlone freephone 24 hourNational Domestic Abuse Helpline 808 2000 247 or

10-Apr-2020 UK doctors on how to protect against coronavirus and how to manage symptoms.

10-Apr-2020 Domestic Violence Abuse helplines report a massive increase in calls following lockdown.
For help, goto the YouAreNotAlone freephone 24 hourNational Domestic Abuse Helpline 808 2000 247 or

04-Apr-2020 Transport use, mortality, changes in transport use, global death statistics

30-Mar-2020 Covid-19 : Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus ( COVID-19) infection:

30-Mar-2020 Guidance on businesses and venues which must be closed, and exceptions:

30-Mar-2020 Government Coronavirus message on social distancing:

30-Mar-2020 Police article about Covid-19 fraud and scams
Beware fraud and scams during Covid-19 pandemic. Stay at home -stay safe on line

30-Mar-2020 Covid-19 coronavirus police response
Coronavirus (COVID-19): the policing response and what you need to know:

19-Mar-2020 Covid-19 coronavirus government advice
This is the list of Covid-19 coronavirus government advice issued so far.The list is constantly being updated and added to, so it's suggested you log on to the complete list first, before finding more specific advice.

19-Mar-2020 Newsflash - Advice on how to deliver and collect items safely to and from someone in self-isolation.
Please share this information sheet with anyone you know who is involved in this.
PDF here:
COVID-19 deliveries.pdf
These are the protocols for:
• delivering items to someone immuno-compromised or in self isolation
• collecting items from someone who is infected or in self-isolation
They are designed so you do not introduce the virus to their home, or take away virus from an already-infected home. They may appear long and thorough, but it is absolutely essential that virus is not introduced into the home of someone especially at risk, who may need an ICU bed if infected. It is also essential that you do not risk spreading the virus further from the home of someone who is already infected.
In most cases, the person delivering should not even enter the recipient's home at any point during this process in order to prevent the virus from being spread into or out of the house (on shoes, coats, etc). People receiving deliveries should be aware that anyone who attempts to persuade them into allowing entry is not acting according to protocol.
For situations where it is necessary to enter the recipient's home, see our 'protocol for entering a home in self-isolation'.
How to deliver items to someone in self-isolation
1. You should clean and disinfect each item you're going to deliver, and place them all in a plastic bag (carrier, ziploc, etc) cleaned both inside and out (or a new unused bag). See our protocol for disinfecting items for how to disinfect each item.
2. Disinfect the inside of another bag (or use a new unused one) and place the first bag inside this bag. This is to protect the disinfected items in the inner bag, so someone immuno-compromised can safely touch it. Close the top of the outer bag as much as you can.
3. Try to travel to see the person without using public transport - so by pavement, a private car in which you've wiped down all the surfaces you'll touch with 1% bleach solution, or a taxi. If you cannot do these, and must use public transport, try not to touch surfaces (like handrails or buttons) with your hands, use hand sanitiser after travelling if available, or wear gloves which you can change. If wearing gloves while travelling, remove these without touching the exterior with your bare skin. (illustrated technique, video technique)
4. As you approach the person's house, call/text/etc them to open the door. Do this before you put on (fresh) gloves, so that you don't risk contaminating the gloves with any virus that may be on your phone. If they live in a block of flats or other building with a communal entrance accessed by a buzzer, call/text and ask them to buzz you in, rather than pressing the button.
5. Put on (fresh) gloves, ensuring that you touch only the cuff of the glove with your bare hand (illustrated technique) This minimises the risk of transmitting viruses to the exterior of your gloved hands. If you have hand sanitiser, use it before putting on the gloves, to further reduce this risk.
6. If there are plenty of masks available in your area, you should wear a mask for this; if not, prioritise masks for healthcare workers and people who must enter houses to assist with personal care. If you do have a mask, put it on before putting on your gloves, to minimise the risk of transferring virus from your face to your gloved hands. (ECDC)
7. Ask the recipient to back away from the door at least two meters, and put your bag on the floor immediately inside the doorway. Do not step through the door.
8. Fold out the outer bag so the recipient doesn't have to touch it. Don't touch the inner bag.
9. Back away two meters, let them get the items by picking up the inner bag and lifting it out of the outer bag and do not get closer than two meters. (Feel free to shout greetings! But don't hug/hand off items in person/etc.)
10. When they have backed off, take the outer bag away with you - it's potentially covered in viruses on the outside.
11. Take your gloves off, without touching the exterior of the glove with your bare skin. (illustrated technique, video technique). This protects you from virus transmission if delivering to an already-infected recipient. If you are wearing a mask, remove gloves first and if possible put on fresh ones, then remove the mask by hooking fingers under the straps at the back. Finally, remove fresh gloves if used. (ECDC)
12. Leave, after washing your hands with hand sanitiser for more than 20 seconds if possible.
13. When you get back, wash your hands and disinfect items you have used - see our protocol for disinfecting things.
How to collect items from someone in self-isolation
1. If someone is self-isolating because they have been exposed to infection, or if it is confirmed that they are infected, the same procedures apply if it is necessary to collect cash or other items from the house. Items must only be removed from a potentially-infected house if there is no alternative.
2. The self-isolating person should clean and disinfect each item, while wearing gloves, according to our protocol for disinfecting things. Remember that the majority of bank notes are now plastic and can be washed.
3. Place clean items in a new unused plastic bag, or a bag which has been disinfected inside and out, then place this bag inside another bag.
4. When the person collecting arrives, the self-isolating person should place the double-bagged items on the floor, fold the outer bag down, and back away two metres (Feel free to shout greetings! But don't hug/hand off items in person/etc.)
5. The person collecting should put on gloves and pick up the inner bag without touching the outer bag.
6. After leaving, the person collecting should remove gloves without touching the exterior (illustrated technique, video technique), and wash their hands as soon as possible.

19-Mar-2020 UPDATE: Winscombe and Sandford Community Response to COVID-19 pandemic
At the moment, Winscombe has a COVID-19 Mutual Help Group on Facebook. At the moment it is not known if households not using Facebook have been reached with offers of help, more details will be posted as they are known. Sandford Helpline, contact details below, offer help with collecting prescriptions. Sandford Spar has offered grocery deliveries to those self-isolating. Neighboursa are already communicating with each other through Neighbourhood Watch and family and friends to help and check up on each other.
At community level, there is a national organisation Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK. This is an umbrella organisation providing a central list of local groups, currently more than 1200 nationwide, but each group is independant. The groups can cover a single street or whole towns and follow a simple template. People who feel capable of helping those in need register as volunteers, usually on a Facebook page. Homes are then leafletted with information about what help is on offer as well as contact details including a telephone number and a message of hope and support. Those in self-isolation can then request the help. This ensures that people in need who do not have access to the Internet, often the elderly, people with underlying health conditions and people who cannot afford access to the Internet, who are often the people most in need, are reached by the group. Winscombe has joined this group.
More information about community response to COVID-19, and about practical ways to stop the spread of infection, and keep our spirits up, while self-isolating will be posted on this website under this new section.

19-Mar-2020 COVID-19 Support group for Winscombe set up on Facebook
Winscombe (Somerset) COVID-19 Mutual Help Group has been set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, for people in Winscombe to support each other in times of need 'just like the old days'. Offers of help and requests for help are being posted on the Facebook page.

Sandford Helpline already has an organisation whereby residents in Sandford can arrange a lift for medical appointments and collection of prescriptions.

However most of our volunteer drivers fall into the category where they should be self isolating currently we are looking for NEW VOLUNTEERS to help with delivery over the isolation period.

Our plan of action is:
New list of volunteer drivers for Sandford Helpline to collect prescriptions There will be a small charge to people using the service for prescriptions to reimburse driver's for petrol.

Please contact if you are able to volunteer as a driver for Sandford Helpline
Please contact Spar on if you are able to volunteer to do delivery of food in Sandford for those in isolation.

17-Mar-2020 Winscombe Thursday market CANCELLED
The Thursday market at the Winscombe Community Centre is cancelled this week and until further notice, due to the current Covid-19 precautions.

16-Mar-2020 Coronavirus: PM says everyone should avoid office, pubs and travelling

16-Mar-2020 COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

16-Mar-2020 Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic updates.
As of today. 16th March, many shops and businesses in Winscombe and Sandford are responding to government bulletins by changing their opening hours and working practices. At the moment, there is no government, local authority or parish Council support network set up to help those of us self-isolating in our homes. The elderly. those who are immunocompromised, and those with pre-existing health conditions, are most at risk from Covid-19, and are likely to need help if confined at home for a long time, especially if living on their own.
General advice on how communities can help themselves has been circulated via the Neighbourhood Watch, which is copied below.
A Facebook group, North Somerset Villages Covid-19 Mutual Aid , has been set up, allowing volunteers to offer help, and allowing people to post requests for help. Not everyone is on Facebook, and not everyone has easy access to the Internet. There is a sample information card posted on the Facebook account offering help, which volunteers can complete with their contact details, and deliver to neighbours by hand. At the moment it is not known how many homes in North Somerset villages have been reached by someone directly contacting the residents with a card or other message, or how many people know about the Facebook scheme.
Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council will shortly be setting up a Facebook page to issue public health and other bulletins to do with Covid-19, This Villages website will post updates and and when we receive them. It is hoped that all homes in the parish will be reached by volunteers who are neighbours, so that everyone suffering from Covid-19 receives the practical help they need, ideally from someone they know and trust.

Neighbourhood Watch Advice
The Covid 19 Virus Outbreak
There has been much written and broadcast about the Covid 19 virus, concentrating mainly on its spread and fatality rates. In contrast, less is said regarding practical steps about dealing with outbreaks within communities.
The advice below, provided by the NWN, offers some guidance and suggestion of what we could do, should the need arise.
Please have a look through the guidance, particularly considering how you and your members could help each other should anyone in your Scheme become infected.

To start the conversation within your Scheme - and confront any stigmas that may be associated with this infection - you may consider perhaps asking your Scheme Members:
Would you welcome being informed by anyone self-declaring and self-isolating?
Would you be willing to collect provisions etc. for anyone who is self-isolating?
Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporters,
You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for communities across England and Wales and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same:

10 ways you, as a Neighbourhood Watch supporter, can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community:
Meet with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.
Consider establishing a 'buddy' system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.
Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.
Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy.
Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website:
Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.
Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child's school or childcare facility, and your employer's emergency operations plan.
Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.

The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands:
The World Health Organisation provides guidance on basic protective measures:
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on handwashing for families

Please note: whilst we encourage you to follow advice from UK Government we are also sharing links to organisations such as the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention an agency which works 24/7 to protect the safety, health, and security of America from threats here and around the world. Some of our key points above have been sourced from:

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention also published (14th February 2020) Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities which you may find useful:

Regards and keep well,
Central Support Team at Neighbourhood Watch

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK | Building Safer and Stronger Communities

06-Mar-2020 Your Neighbourhood Consultation and Engagement

Update 17th March: Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, all the public engagements listed below have been cancelled. You can still take part in the consultations online at the website below.
Launched, Thursday 13 February, the Your Neighbourhood consultation and engagement brings together a group of consultations about services which you may use regularly. The council have chosen to group these consultations together so that we can understand the bigger picture for your neighbourhood as well as showing how each proposal or strategy works on its own. We need everyone's views to shape what comes next in these services. They are:
• Libraries
• Leisure and sports centres
• Street cleansing
• Parks and open spaces
• Garden waste
We are particularly interested in hearing ideas about how the council might work alongside local communities and stakeholders to create effective partnerships.

The easiest way to access the consultation is by using the following link: please do share this link with as many people as possible.

We will also be running public engagement sessions around North Somerset. Places can be reserved via Eventbrite - follow the links below to register.
Evening public engagement sessions
• 6-8pm, 9 March, Nailsea Tithe Barn, Nailsea
• 6-8pm, 12 March, Somerset Hall, Portishead
• 6-8pm, 17 March, The Barn, Clevedon
• 6-8pm, 18 March, Yatton Library & Children's Centre, Yatton
• 5-7pm, 24 March, Long Ashton Community Centre, Long Ashton
• 6-8pm, 26 March, Winscombe Community Centre, Winscombe
• 6-8pm, 31 March, The Campus, Weston-super-Mare

• Drop-in group: 1.30-3.30pm, 2 March, Sovereign Centre, Weston-super-Mare
• Drop-in group: 12-2pm, 10 March, Healthy Living Centre, Weston-super-Mare

If you have any questions email and one of the team will get back to you.

Thank you in advance for your support of the consultations.

Your Neighbourhood Team

06-Mar-2020 A shrewd time to fill up your oil tank!

If you rely on oil for your heating and hot water, then now is probably the best time to top up your tank.

Demand for oil has dropped with the recent outbreak of Coronavirus. This in turn has led to a significant drop in oil prices. Kaz Adams, from the charity West of England Rural Network, says 'Whilst we would generally advise all our members to fill up their oil tanks during the summer months (the time when most oil suppliers experience a quieter period and are therefore generally more willing to negotiate a lower price) it would appear shrewd to do so NOW'. Kaz runs a community oil buying scheme, which obtains cheaper prices for its members by placing a single large order once a month and negotiating with multiple local suppliers to get the best price. Members' prices are on average 6 pence per litre cheaper than average oil prices, and was 39.10p per litre (plus VAT) in February 2020.

The West of England Rural Network is offering free memberships (*normally £20/year for domestic users) to domestic heating oil users aged 70 and over who may be struggling to pay their fuel bills, living in the West of England. This is thanks to a grant awarded by Quartet Community Foundation from their 'Surviving Winter' fund. The scheme is open to all residents of Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol. Local community buildings such as village halls, schools and churches can also benefit from the scheme, as well as businesses such as farms, shops and offices. If you are interested in joining the community oil buying scheme, contact Kaz Adams on Tel: 01275 333701, Email: or visit

08-Dec-2019 Call for 'Green Homes'
Are you the proud occupant of a home with 'green' credentials, a home which is exceptionally well insulated, or has a living roof, a ground or air source heat pump or anything else you consider contributes to its energy efficiency? Do you generate your own electricity with solar panels or a wind turbine? Maybe you even live in a 'Passive House'? Are you keen to spread the word about the benefits of such technology and prepared to open your doors to your fellow citizens?

We are planning to hold a 'Green Open Homes' event on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of June 2020 and are looking for active participants to open their homes. And of course we will need lots of visitors! The event will be for the whole of North Somerset, but if we have enough interest, we may subdivide it into more local sections.

If interested, please contact

Dr Karin Haverson
Cllr Banwell & Winscombe
NS Green Party

31-Oct-2019 Keep Well keep warm this winter.
The Councils Cold Weather Plan is aimed at cutting wintry weather related ill health, accidents and fatalities.

06-May-2019 Banwell and Winscombe ward's new Councillor
Karin Haverson has been elected as the new District Councillor for the Banwell and Winscombe ward, alongside long-serving Councillor Ann Harley. A few words from Karin:

"I wanted to thank all of you in the Banwell & Winscombe ward, which of course includes Sandford and many small hamlets, for voting for me in the recent North Somerset Council elections.
I feel both thrilled and honoured, that you have placed your trust in me! I have lived here for 23 years, but during my working life did not participate very much in local issues and events. This has changed a lot since my retirement, but there is still much for me to learn in the community, not to mention all the tasks waiting for me on the Council!

As I said in my leaflet, the most important issue for me is our environment, both locally and global, in fact those two cannot be separated. Recent events have highlighted for me what dangerous world we are living in and that we cannot take our stunningly beautiful countryside and world for granted.

There will be many other very important issues to tackle and I am sure I will come up against the same issues as all my predecessors, whose help and advice I willingly ask for. And of course all of yours, so please bear with me! All I can say is that I will do my best.

Karin Haverson"

04-May-2019 Somerset's newest Rotary Club makes first donation
SOMERSET'S newest Rotary Club has made its first donation in the shape of a £425 cheque to BARB Search & Rescue, a Burnham-based charity that runs life-saving rescue hovercrafts and inshore rescue boats.
Axbridge District Rotary formed late last year and is a satellite of the Rotary Club of Burnham-on-Sea.

Aware that BARB is run exclusively by volunteers and requires £50,000 a year to keep its rescue service running, the Axbridge Rotarians decided to act.

They staged a quiz in the local town hall and thanks to entry fees and other fundraising netted £425 on the night.

Club founder and Axbridge resident Ric Canham said: 'We're a small and very new group so to raise this much from our first event is terrific, many thanks to everyone who took part or contributed including help from The Lamb, The Crown, Alvis Bros and PNT Electrical.

'The BARB volunteers do an amazing job. This April alone they've been called out nine times to a variety of incidents ranging from rescues in mud to searches for missing people. Their funds come entirely from donations.

'Rotary is about all supporting communities and the Axbridge Club is proud to be up and running and playing its part.

'Our future planned projects include maintaining local road signs, Christmas tree recycling and days out for underprivileged children.

'We're always looking for new ways to help and welcome suggestions from the public. Better still, come and join us for one of our very relaxed and sociable get togethers held every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm in The Lamb, Axbridge.

'It's amazing how helping others can be such an enjoyable activity. If you'd like to talk to us then please call me, Ric Canham, on 07780 963738, I'd be delighted to hear from you.
'We've big hopes for our club and so many initiatives we want to support, why not join us? Not only can we make a difference here at home but also overseas by working with our wider Rotary network.

'Trust me, helping others is wonderfully addictive, it's a real win-win situation.'

A BARB Search & Rescue spokesman said: 'We are hugely grateful to Axbridge District Rotary for this generous donation towards our life-saving work.'

'As a small, independent charity we rely 100% on donations to keep running and so support like really does make a difference. Our thanks go to everyone at Axbridge District Rotary and we wish them well for the future.'

17-Apr-2019 Scoop and Spice are backing 'plastic free' grocery shopping
Scoop and Spice, a friendly, family-run whole food shop, conveniently placed near the centre of Winscombe, is our local hub for plastic-free supplies of all kinds of dried foods like oats, nuts, grains, rice, pasta, flours, pulses, dried fruit and herbs.
All of these can be bought in the exact weight you need, and put into your own receptacle you bring to the shop. Ecover product refills are also available- just bring along your empty container, and this will be refilled for you while you shop, cutting down on plastics, waste, and cost to you.
If you want to cut down on plastics and packaging, and shop more sustainably, In a way which helps the environment, then why not call in at Scoop and Spice and choose from the wide range of groceries, cleaning items and toiletries on sale? There are gluten free foods, vegan and Fairtrade goods, Hodmedod's British organic beans, cards and gifts, too.

26-Mar-2019 Winscombe community centre- a community hub for the parish - Part 1
The numbers- 740 new residents on the way
With around 740 new residents for the parish on the way over the next few years, Winscombe Community Association as a popular and valued resource for everyone in the parish, needs to expand. . Russet Copse ( Strongvox) with 118 new houses, The Chestnuts with 30 new houses, Woodborough Farm with 175 new houses make a total 323 new homes, building now..

And 700 more residents to come?
There will probably be more large developments in the parish over the next ten years , due to government pressure to build housing. Local Councils have little choice in the matter, they have to comply with government requirements on housing figures. At the moment new house building is mainly in the control of commercial developers, who prefer to build on attractive sites in the countryside, as we know. Sites at Broadleaze Farm and the Aurora site for 85 new houses next to the Strongvox development in Sandford, have already been proposed. Other sites at Coombe Farm and Shipham Lane have been allocated by the Council as potential sites. So possibly another 700 people within 5- 10 years. Unless there is radical change in where and how this country builds new houses, more development will take place near Winscombe and Sandford.

The Climate Change Emergency- a focus for change over the next 12 years

People need homes, with jobs, services and facilities like the Community Centre. If we are planning for the next ten years, at least, then we have to consider the bigger picture. Worldwide, including by our own North Somerset Council, a climate change emergency has been acknowledged. We must reduce carbon emissions within the next 12 years, or accelerating climate change will be irreversible. Central government, once pressing business is done, and I won't use any names beginning with 'B', will have to tackle the climate emergency with practical measures like reducing use of fossil fuels, paying for homes and businesses to be retrofitted and energy efficient, improving public transport, and building many more energy-efficient homes near jobs and public transport links and preferentially on brownfield land.

Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council have voted to support the Council in their climate emergency motion, and hopefully we can get going with parish-wide plans for reducing carbon emissions once the elections are over.

If our plans for our new community hub are to be genuinely sustainable, and serve o+C3ur community as a resource in times of extreme weather events including flooding, then where it goes, what the most important features are to be, and very importantly, what can we realistically build over the next five years, to meet the present challenge of a greatly increasing number of residents. So...this suggests somewhere accessible on foot and by cycle, resilient to flooding, energy efficient, possibly with electric car charging points which will generate income as well, space for community transport, and doubling up for several functions in the one space, with a community growing area, and tree shading for outside space, as starting ideas for discussion.

So what are the planning options for our parish community hub, in a time of accelerating climate change?

large number of new houses and new people. Sandford currently has no pre-school nursery, or youth club,and the village hall is already too small for clubs and groups in the village, and having this resource does not take away the need for a community hub for the whole parish .

The Advantages of a Neighbourhood Development Plan

Having a Neighbourhood Plan, setting out where a Community Centre expansion, or new Centre should go, as well as housing, would be a good way of setting a plan, specifically for our purposes in our parish, which would be upheld in planning decisions. In our parish, the opportunity to have a Neighbourhood Development Plan was unfortunately thrown away when the Parish Council refused to go ahead with allocating sites, something which a majority of respondents to the neighbourhood survey had been happy with.

I say unfortunately, because the clear and strong advice given by government, local authority planners, people who have obtained Plans,and most recently in speaking with the Mendip Hills AONB advisory officer, is that if you have a Neighbourhood Plan you are able to influence where development goes, and stop unplanned and speculative development in your area. It is effectively, the best a parish can do.

The government offer is still on the table. If you have a Neighbourhood Plan in force, the fact that the Council does not have a 5 year housing supply does not count. The Neighbourhood Plan will still be honoured. This happened for Backwell, with the Farleigh Fields proposal refusal, because they had a Neighbourhood Plan. IN the future a Parish Council in our parish might make a different decision. By then, it may be too late to do much planning, if speculative unplanned building has already taken place.

The Advantages of a Neighbourhood Development Order
Another option is a Neighbourhood Development Order. This, to me, has several advantages, short of a Neighbourhood Plan. It is more focussed, it would concentrate on the one issue, the placement of a Community Centre,, and it provides a clear framework for how to go about getting the order, as well as funding to do this. There is plenty of information online about Neighbourhood Development Orders, the government webpages are a star
One is shared space.

At the moment Councils are being encouraged to plan for shared space, and that is what the Weston Villages have, the school and the community sharing a hall, with separate space for meeting rooms, toilets, etc screened off and separate for community use. Views differ as to whether or not this model is one which works well, but it is certainly a way of saving space and resources. This idea was talked about between the Council and the developers when the Strongvox application for 118 houses in Sandford was first considered. Sandford people weren't involved in the discussion, and the plans were dropped , when a practical mistake was made about where the extension could physically be built, which couldn't be overcome. An opportunity to have an open debate about this kind of school/community sharing was lost, unfortunately, but it should be remembered that this is still the preferred option, at least for new communities like the 'Garden Villages' ,or new towns, that are being planned.

26-Mar-2019 Winscombe community centre- a community hub for the parish - Part 2
In Winscombe, the Primary school is fortunate in that it has space to expand, both upwards and sideways. With all the primary aged children there will be in Winscombe, and also from surrounding villages, some of which sadly have no room left to expend their primary schools, it is likely that Winscombe Primary will be expanded as well within the next few years. What would be the space requirements for such a shared plan? Perhaps the Council can help. They have set a standard of 300m2 for a village hall for 1,500 people. Planning for 6,000 people plus may not need four times as much space, if space can be found at the school site, and may be cost effective, if other considerations do not rule the plan out.

Another option
is to keep the valued central site in Winscombe, easily accessible on foot and by bike by many people, which is an important consideration. Whatever problems the planners outlined with the original sketch plan put forward, which involved building more housing on the main road, might be overcome with a more detailed plan, The advantages are that the land is already there, and building land is hard to come by and expensive.

Another option
is to site a new community hub within a large development, for example at Coombe Farm. This would involve travelling further, for most people in Winscombe, Sidcot and Barton, and would not be appreciably nearer Sandford, in walking terms. There is also strong objection to building so close to the AONB.

With these and other options, the question arises, how will we do it?

Charitable status
is a must for any organisation dealing with public funds, and fundraising for a community asset.
Forming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation(CIO) is an obvious way, following a modern and simplified procedure set up by the Charity Commission, which makes it much easier for communities to manage their affairs as a charity.
Sandford Neighbourhood Group have formed a CIO,the Sandford Community Centre, in the hope that a local landowner will be willing to provide some land to enable a reasonably sized village hub for Sandford's growing community. As a relatively small infill village in a parish with no Neighbourhood Plan, Sandford is both vulnerable to speculative development applications, and also far less able to withstand the pressure of a
and I would recommend anyone who is interested in the future of our parish Community Centre to look at it, and think about how it can maximise our chances of getting the best possible community hub for the future. With charitable status, and a Neighbourhood Development Order, there is a business like organisation in place which will be able to maximise any funding opportunities..

Our Community, our Future:

It shouldn't be forgotten that we owe the existence of our Community Centre to the hard work and determination of a number of Winscombe volunteers. They saw the old primary school and its potential as a community hub, and pushed hard to make the local authority transfer it to the community. Decades later, the community has an ageing building which could do with having more room for more people, on a site which is valuable as building land, as well as valuable as a community resource. Open green space for people to meet, children to play and communities to hold celebrations on, is a precious resource, increasingly rare now the countryside is being built on. We owe it to those determined Winscombe ladies who worked so hard to get the Centre for us, and to ourselves, and future generations of parishioners, not to waste this valuable community asset, of both buildings and green space. Everyone in the parish has a stake in what happens to the Centre.

Cresten Boase, former Chair Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council Neighbourhood Development Plan Group

On Saturday 20th October the Branch held a Special Fund Raiser Event to celebrate 50 years since the Branch formed. This was a Fire Walk in front of Winscombe Cricket Club when 18 volunteers walked barefoot over a bed of red hot wood embers in front of a crowd of 300 spectators. The sponsorship money and takings from the Firewalk has now produced a profit of over £7,600. Our thanks go to Winscombe Cricket Club for use of their facilities, Sainsbury's at Cheddar and Winscombe Bakery for providing barbecue meat and bread, Emdad from 'Scoop & Spice' (a local Asian Take-Away) for the delicious curry and North Somerset Samba Drummers for their enthusiastic displays during the evening.

On Wednesday 14th November singer, songwriter Louise Jordan as part of her UK Tour performed her inspirational one-woman show 'No Petticoats Here' in St James' Hall, Winscombe as a part of 'Winscombe and Sandford Remembers WW1' the villages' tribute to those who fell in the Great War. The concert was yet another sell-out for the RNLI and Royal British Legion and our share of the profit was £540.

Finally, on Christmas Eve our team of 12 stalwarts ran a Mega Bucket Collection all day in Tesco's Supermarket at Shepton Mallett assisted by 'Stormy Stan' (Thanks to Joe, Shaun & Chris) and raised £1,178.

20-Nov-2018 The Sutherland Development proposal for 40 dwellings on Land North of Greenhill Road, Sandford (Part 1)
Sandford residents including myself have been invited to attend a consultation event to be held by Sutherland developments in Sandford village hall on November 21st., from 2 pm, about their development proposal for land north of Greenhill Road. I have raised my concerns about this development with Ms Amanda Sutherland, and would like to share my overall concerns with other community members.

This proposal for 40 houses including some community space is an outline proposal only. If the application is granted, we have been told by her family members that the landowner, Mrs Curry, intends to sell to a commercial developer. The developer then has the option of amending the outline planning application, to include more houses and less facilities. Unless the landowner is prepared to give or sell some land to a community group, or the Parish Council, or is prepared at the least to enter into a legally binding agreement for sale, or option to sell agreement, then there is no security at all for the community that there will be any community space allowed at the end of the day. Strongvox was an outline planning application, which offered a new village hall, and space for the primary school extension, both of which were taken away.

To summarise, as an outline planning application, the Sutherland proposal currently offers the potential for another 40-80 commuter dormitory houses along the A368, without the facilities to go with them.

I agree consultation is a good thing. National planning regulations, found in the National Planning Policy Framework and Guidelines, online) recommend that developers consult with communities before putting in their applications. This makes good sense, if community needs are discussed and taken into account in the proposal.

However, unless there is a binding agreement in place about the land intended for community use, there is no security that the benefits promised will be provided.

North Somerset Council have made it clear they will not be providing land or funding for a new village hall/community centre for Sandford.
North Somerset Council made a fairly disastrous financial decision last year when it refused to join the West of England Combined Authority, unlike Bristol, BANES, and South Gloucester. North Somerset isn't even in the room, when it comes to spending the government funding for the deal, around £30 million a year over the next 30 years. With the Council funding cutbacks, it will become very obvious how badly off we in North Somerset are by comparison, even over the next few years, as the other authorities forge ahead with their housing, infrastructure, and transport schemes. The NSC Chief Executive Mike Jackson, and several other senior Council officers have resigned in the last year, Mike Jackson moving to a less senior role in Bristol City Council. This is not a good sign in itself.

Even after the Strongvox let-down, the Aurora developers were not asked to provide land or funding for a village hall, or other benefits needed.
At a local level, If you look at the Aurora development obligations the Council planning officer negotiated ( see NSC planning applications numbers 17/P/0887/O and 18/P/3235/O, ) it's a stinkingly bad deal for Sandford. It was only when elected District Councillors in the Planning Committee considered the Aurora proposal and the effect it would have on Sandford, that the Aurora application itself was turned down by the Council.

Where does this leave us? There appears to be no Council funding allocated for additional infrastructure for Sandford, as a rapidly growing village, as matters stand , now the Strongvox build has started ( 118 homes). The developers' contributions to provide primary school and early years places can be spent either in Sandford, or another village, as the Council decide. So far, with both Strongvox and Aurora, the developers have had the upper hand in bargaining down development contributions.

As I see it, those of us who are planning to continue to live in Sandford, should be working together to improve our situation as much as possible. This includes standing firm in the face of speculative commercial development, and standing firm in encouraging our Council, to act in Sandford's best interests to refuse yet more speculative development. If and when unplanned development is forced on us, we must stand firm in encouraging the Council to spend the Community Infrastructive Levy and New Homes Bonus money on the infrastructure and facilities our rapidly growing village needs.

This proposal goes against the Local Plan
The Sutherland proposal is for a large ( over 10 dwellings) development outside the settlement of an infill village, Sandford, and therefore goes against the Local Plan. Because North Somerset Council does not have a 5 year housing supply, planning law says that the Local Plan is out of date, and that development proposals should be decided on the grounds of 'sustainability'.

This development is not sustainable. Sustainability means living in a way which does not affect the ability of future generations to live. In other words, will Sandford as a village be all right if this proposal is built, now and in the future, so far as community, and facilities, are concerned ? It's not just about a hall, allotments, and exercise facilities. Jobs, public transport, access to medical services, and traffic measures are needed as well.

The Aurora Inquiry result next year will be decisive, when it comes to additional large development proposals.
At the moment the Council is fighting an appeal by the Aurora developers (85 dwellings) on the site next to Strongvox, very near the new Sutherland proposal. Sandford Neighbourhood Group is taking part in the Inquiry, and will put forward evidence to show that Aurora is not sustainable, that Sandford as a village will suffer if we have another 85 houses. The reasons are spelt out on the SNG website:

The Aurora Inquiry is our only chance to put our case. The appeal will be heard at an Inquiry in Weston for 5 days from April 2nd, and decided by an experienced planning Inspector, Mr Michael Boniface. We will have a chance to explain to him exactly how badly off for facilities we are as a village, and that we cannot have, and cannot manage, and cannot sustain, more large developments without more facilities, which are not on offer.

If the Inspector turns down the appeal, then that is a message to the developers and the Council planners that Sandford, as an infill village, should not have any further large developments now. I would hope this sends a message that if more housing for Sandford is allocated after 2026, when our Local Plan next comes up for revision, then the developers are required to provide the necessary facilities to go with any development, and that the Council sets aside the Community Infrastructure Levy money from the developers and New Homes Bonus from central government for spending on Sandford infrastructure, instead of putting this into the general pool of income, to be spent anywhere in North Somerset.

If the Inspector decides to allow Aurora to go ahead, then in my view this will be a clear message for any large developer, and also for the Council, that if they put in a plan for a large development near Sandford, even if it goes against the Local Plan, it may well be let through on appeal. There is now news of yet another plot of land, South of Greenhill Road, which has recently been sold to a developer.

Aurora is the tipping point for Sandford. If Aurora goes through, there is little to stop unplanned commuter dormitory estates being built, one after another, each one offering little or even nothing by way of community facilities, until we join onto Churchill.

20-Nov-2018 The Sutherland Development proposal for 40 dwellings on Land North of Greenhill Road, Sandford (Part 2)

The Churchill/Sandford Garden Village may well not go ahead as planned. It is all very well the Council describing a planned new Churchill/Sandford Garden Village of 2,800 houses for the space just East of Common Lane in Churchill, which they say will be a separate village, with planned central facilities, which they hope they can start leading in from 2025, which may provide some facilities, like new primary schools and shops, which might benefit Sandford. There is no certainty this scheme will go through, and we will not know more until after the Joint Spatial Plan examination next May.

The Banwell Garden Village effect, plus other large developments in Churchill and Winscombe The reality for us here in Sandford is that, whether or not the new Churchill/Sandford Garden Village goes ahead, whether or not Aurora goes ahead, we still face having hundreds of new homes and families, and hundreds more cars, with no more jobs, public transport, or other facilities. With the Banwell Garden Village ( 1900 new homes) likely to start within the next 6 years, we know we have the challenges of the traffic from that and other large developments nearby, as well as Strongvox.

Neighbourhood Groups work. CRAG, Congresbury Residents Action Group, has successfully fought off developers at Inquiries. There are positive steps which can be taken by SNG to influence the Aurora Inquiry outcome. My own view is that Sandford, like other communities, can overcome bad situations and get through hard times, as long as we communicate with each other and work together as a community. The new village websites, Sandford Life, Sandford Neighbourhood Group , are a way of keeping in touch, and I for one hope that everyone in Sandford will use them.

Cresten Boase
Sandford resident.

19-Nov-2018 Have you ever thought about volunteering as a firefighter?
You never know when you might need the emergency services. One Winscombe resident was delighted with the response of our local team recently. Here's what she says:

Our brilliant fire fighters

I recently realized how lucky we are to have a fire station near us in Winscombe. A fire station with dedicated, professional and caring fire fighters! Without them, I would not have a home,
furniture or all my memories.

The weather had turned chilly and drizzly in early October, so I thought a nice cosy log fire would be just the thing. When a big old log was burning brightly, my cat enjoyed it very much and
stretched out in front of it. But when I heard crackling noises from the roof and saw smoke coming out from under the roof tiles, the relaxed cosy atmosphere rapidly turned to terror. My lovely home was on fire! 999, grab the cat, call the dog and leave the house, as advised by the lady who answered my 999 call.
The ten minutes or so until I saw the beautiful red engine with its ladders and crew of five fire fighters were the longest of my life. And the sight of a strong jet of water dousing the flames was the best ever. The flames were extinguished very quickly and hardly any water damage inside.
I cannot thank our fire fighters enough. They are all part time, but the speed and professionalism with which they dealt with my disaster was exemplary. They told me that they are quite
short staffed, so if you have ever considered doing this, now is the time!

Karin Haverson

09-Aug-2018 The Cinnamon Trust Needs Volunteers in Winscombe
We have an owner who is a resident of Winscombe who is asking for some dog walking support for Oscar their 12 year old Border terrier .
The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care. We urgently need dog walking volunteers in Winscombe who are able to help a local resident and their dog Oscar a 12 year old Border terrier who would love to go for a good walk.
What happens if illness, injury or just the fact that we all get older eventually affects our ability to look after our four legged companions? A large number of elderly or ill pet owners become very worried about their ability to care for their pets, feeling that their only option is to rehome them, this is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together. We'll walk the dog for a housebound owner, we'll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we'll fetch the cat food, even clean out the bird cage or litter trays.
All volunteers help in the ways that are most appropriate to them. Teams take it in turn to visit housebound owners to take the dog for a walk, volunteers foster pets as one of their family when owners face a spell in hospital, they take pets to the vet, even clean out the budgie's cage or cats litter trays. If you would like to register or even have a quick chat about registering just call Sally or Tressa direct on 01736 758707 or email or
Registered Charity No: 1134680 The Cinnamon Trust is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered Office: 10 Market Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HE. Company Number 07004861

24-May-2018 New A5 bus timetable

04-Jan-2018 Your NHS and what it costs
There are some high costs to NHS for services that are free to NHS Patients; can you help in making the right choice?
* Calling an Ambulance - £247
* Stepping into A&E - £124
* Stepping into a GP Surgery - £32
* A call to NHS 111 - £16
* A click on NHS Choices website - £0.46
Please Stop, Think and Choose Well

13-Nov-2017 1250 New Homes a Year for North Somerset - the new Joint Spatial Plan

04-Sep-2017 Thank You!

A big thank you to all those who came to the two Cream Tea Sundays in June and August at Hillview in Greenhill Lane, Sandford.

We were very lucky with the weather on both occasions and visitors were able to relax whilst listening to music and enjoying delicious food and drink. This was the sixteenth Cream Tea Sunday and it has rained properly on only one of these occasions. We then used the Village Hall.

Representatives from the Children's Hospice at Wraxall plus friends and family willingly donated their time and skills _ music, baking, washing up, growing plants, Secret World, pressing flowers and looking after car parking. This meant that there were no expenses and we were pleased to donate £1209 to the Hospice.

Thank you all for coming. You are the vital to the success and look forward to next year's events.

24-Apr-2017 A walk on the Award Land
A video tour of Sandford Award Land.

03-Mar-2017 Winscombe starts its own Repair Cafe

13-Jun-2016 The Vale of Winscombe: an unsung natural treasure
Winscombe resident Dr. Lincoln Carland has written an article for the June 20156 issue of the Mendip Times about our local area.

13-Jun-2016 Wash it Squash it and Sort it- how to help get your rubbish collected quickly!!
North Somerset Council, town/parish councils and Kier are working together to encourage residents to; Wash it. Squash it. Sort it.

Why is this important?

Sorting your recycling allows crews to complete the job more quickly. This in turn helps to reduce congestion on the roads as well as minimising any other disturbance or nuisance caused.

As sorting makes it easier for materials to be placed into the correct sections of the vehicle it will also help keep the streets cleaner and reduce the amount of litter that can be left behind after a collection, improving the neighbourhood and street scene.

When crews can do their jobs quickly and effectively this also saves money, which ultimately benefits you, the council tax payer.

What can you do?

• Use untied carrier bags to separate materials, except glass, which should be placed directly in your box so we can see it
• Recycling is sorted by hand, so we won't collect broken glass or jars and plastic containers that are dirty
• Wash and squash all containers
• Rinse all jars and bottles
• Breakdown cardboard boxes
• Place all clothes and shoes in a plastic bag to keep them dry (even if damaged)
• Place batteries in a clear plastic bag before putting them in your box
• Brown and coloured paper gets recycled with cardboard so please keep this separate from your white paper, newspaper and magazines
• If you are unsure, do the 'tear test'. If, when you tear it, there are brown fibres inside then it is card. If they are white then it is paper. Paper bags, wrapping paper and cereal boxes are all card.
• Metal lids from your glass jars or bottles should be removed and placed with your tins, cans and foil
• Buy a box net to cover your box and stop items blowing away. These can be purchased for £2 from North Somerset Council
• Bag your food waste before emptying it into the outside collection caddy. Plastic bags can now be used to line your kitchen caddy and are the preferred method of doing so.

Ordering new boxes:
If you need additional containers for your recycling or food waste you can order them for free by visiting or by calling us on 01275 888 802.

13-Jun-2016 Parish Recycling- We're Heading For Bronze!
Winscombe and Sandford are fast heading for the Bronze level of the Parish Incentive Scheme, which unlocks 20% of the money we could get for improving our recycling and waste minimisation, under the government sponsored scheme administered by the Council. For the first stage, information to residents was stepped up, communications improved, and investigations into just what we put into our bins werecarried out ( don't worry, it's all anonymous!!) Once we get to the Bronze level, the Parish Council will receive the money from the Council, to be spent on community improvements.

WHAT WE NEED TO DO:recycling improvements, and getting to Gold in the Parish Incentive Scheme, are something we can all help with, and something we can all give our ideas about, to the Parish Council - call in at the office at the Community Centre in Winscombe, drop in a note, send an email to, or ring up on 844257.

Round-up on progress so far:
You may have noticed the large trailer in the Winscombe Community Association car park during Thursday market last month, and all sorts of free goodies were handed out to many of us, including plastic measuring spoons, Love Food Hate Waste tea towels, and interesting new recipe ideas for using up leftover food. Council employees from the Waste Minimisation team were on hand to answer questions. A free composting event has also taken place. The reduced offer on waste bins has now ended, they're still a bargain at £15 ( see the last news item for details ) Don't forget, you can now line your brown food caddy witha plastic bag, making it easier to empty. Sue Kent , our Parish Council administrator who co-ordinates litterpicking activities and waste collection, reports that she knows the waste collection situation behind the Woodborough is not ideal, but is being worked on.

20-Dec-2015 Fracking
I wonder how many of you are aware of how close the new areas now under consultation for issuing exploratory fracking licences are to us? As close as Banwell! Have a look on the website
to get more information. You can submit your own response to the consultations above via a link on this website.

It is deeply worrying that our government seems to go in exactly the wrong direction: the dirty fossil fuel fracked gas is forced through with most of us totally unaware of the implications. I recently read a report about the environmental and social effects of this industry in the USA in the National Geographic magazine, quite frightening. At the same time, the help for popular and clean renewables such as solar panels is slashed, damaging many small local businesses who have branched out into this.

I know we need energy, all of us are using ever increasing amounts of it. But I really feel our government should put their money where their mouth is: supporting clean renewables and not spoil our beautiful Somerset or any other areas in the UK with dirty fracked gas.

Karin Haverson

03-Dec-2015 Waste Management Parish Incentive Scheme
Parish and town councils across North Somerset could be set for cash rewards if they recycle more, thanks to an innovative new incentive scheme.
Following the success of North Somerset Council's 'Don't Waste It!' campaign which helps residents reduce, reuse and recycle more of their waste, the Department for Communities and Local Government has awarded the council £120,000 to carry out a scheme encouraging towns and parishes to recycle more.

The parish incentive scheme will see the council work in partnership with town and parish councils to engage with residents, helping them to reduce the amount of waste they produce and maximise the amount of recycling they put out for collection.
The scheme will involve parish specific events such as roadshows and waste electrical and electronic equipment amnesties as well as recruiting volunteers to canvass people in their local area, using a doorstep approach to engage with communities.

Where the amount of waste in a town or parish reduces and the recycling rate increases, the parish council will be given a financial reward which can go towards community projects.
The amount of the reward will depend on the size and population of the town or parish.

Cllr Peter Bryant, executive member with responsibility for waste and recycling, said: "This incentive scheme is an excellent opportunity for parish and town councils to reduce waste in their area and be rewarded for their efforts.
"We've begun contacting parish and town councils so that we can start working with them and their local communities to see how we encourage residents to recycle more of their waste. As well as helping the environment, recycling and reuse also saves money.
"If everything that could be recycled was recycled the council could save over £1m a year. So let's reduce, reuse and recycle!"

To get involved with the scheme in your area, or for more information, contact Dan Cooper, waste minimisation officer, by email or call 01934 426 218.

01-Dec-2015 Funding opportunitities for artists, bands and community groups and charities, young people aged 12-18 years
Momentum Music Fund - Momentum offers grants of £5k-£15k for artists and bands to break through to the next level of their career. To find out if you, your band, or an act you represent, could be eligible for funding from Momentum read through the information below. You can also find links to the online application process. Next Deadline: 26th January 2016

Persimmon Community Championsaims to fund good causes across the UK.All you need to do is complete the online form, explaining why your group or charity deserves the donation. Included in your application they need to know how much you've already raised and how much you want them to donate.

The Careers and Enterprise Fund- Funding is available via the Department for Education to support activities for young people aged 12-18 years, particularly those that are in hard to reach groups such as SEND (Special Educational Need and Disability) and NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) that directly result in more and higher quality careers, enterprise and employer engagement activity across England.

01-Dec-2015 Citizens Advice Bureau
The Citizens Advice Bureau offers free, impartial and confidential advice on a wide range of issues, at several venues nearby. For details on where to find a branch, click below:

01-Dec-2015 Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers get active
The new intake of Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty Young Rangers, local young people aged 11-15, have already got to know one another, gone caving at Goatchurch Cavern and undertaken First Aid training. Their programme will continue in the new year with a nest box workshop. The Mendip Hills AONB Young Ranger Scheme has been running since 2005 when the first two year programme was set up with 15 Young Rangers aged 11- 15 years, selected from local schools. Fairlands in Cheddar, Chew Valley School, The Blue School in Wells, Churchill Community School and Oakfield School, nr Frome. The scheme enables young people to learn more about our countryside, gain an insight into land management, and experience camps abroad. You can find out more about AONB events and programmes by following the Mendip Hills AONB on Facebook or Twitter, or singing up for their newslettter, also online.

01-Dec-2015 Churchill and Langford Minibus
Residents of Winscombe and Sandford can join Churchill and Langford Minibus Society for free, by contacting Laura Batt on 01934 863 679. Membership allows you to go on regular scheduled trips to Weston, Worle, Wrington Nailsea, Yatton and Clevedon, to go shoppping, and for social outings including Churchll music concerts, against a small payment to cover a share of the travel costs. Recently the Parish Council voted to sponsor the Society in their bid to buy and equip a second minibus, which will be able to accommodate wheelchair passengers, and offer them the same range of outings. The minibus is popular and well-used, and volunteer drivers are also sought. Please get in touchwith Laura Batt, number above, if you can offer help as a volunteer driver.

01-Dec-2015 New Community Connect Agent for Winscombe and Sandford residents aged over 50
Carol Jones is our new Community Connect Agent, who writes:

I would like to introduce myself and explain the role of the Village Agent. I am Carol Jones and very much look forward to meeting you and working within your community.

The Village Agent is funded by North Somerset Council as part of Community Connect, a service delivered in partnership by housing and support organisation Curo and the West of England Rural Network.

We support people aged over fifty to improve their well being by accessing community facilities, to feel more independent at home, and to achieve a better quality of life.

Village Agents offer a free and confidential service. We bridge the gap between the needs of individuals and of statutory and voluntary organisations. For example, Village Agents may help those who feel isolated to access community groups such as lunch clubs or support to ensure their home is safe and appropriate for a change in need. To contact me please telephone 01275 888 803

23-Nov-2015 Neighbourhood Watch
Are you and your neighbours in the neighbourhood watch scheme? If not, with less police presence about these days, joining the scheme looks like a good idea. The Police Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Lindsey Stone tells us that about 400 households in our villages are signed up to the scheme, so about a fifth of all households.

If you and your neighbours would like to be in the scheme, please contact Lindsey, details below.
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09-Nov-2015 Lizzie writes: Could you become a local zero hero?
Winter with its shorter days will give us a bit more time to reflect and plan for Christmas and the New Year.
In December, the attendees at the United Nations Climate conference in Paris will also be planning for zero carbon emissions within this century.

In the UK , Zero Carbon Britain has produced a significant report for the conference, "Who's getting ready for zero?" It takes energy and resources to manufacture and transport all products. Managing our own consumption is part of this plan. Perhaps you'd like to share your ideas for the 3 R's, reduce, reuse, recycle, to become a local zero hero? Here are a few thoughts:

Do you have a sort out before Christmas to make room for new presents? Did you have a few festive items that turned out to be unnecessary? Make space, money for local charities, and shop smart to save money.

What about that Christmas jumper you had last year? If you wear it for the winter season, and turn down your central heating, by just 1degree C, you can save £85 - £90 a year.
Have you had a go at making compost or leaf mould for your own garden, rather than it being taken away?

09-Nov-2015 Local police attendance is now officially "based on availability and responding to policing matters on a risk, harm, and threat basis"
Cuts in police funding mean that our local community police officers, and police civiliam support officers, aren't able to spend as much time as in the past in our villages, for example at the Thursday market police surgery, or at Parish Council meetings, or on patrol. It's a national problem , and the national press recently featured news of a London area community, Hampstead and Highgate, having a 'whipround' to fund police presence on their streets, whereby they also got a 'bogoff'- two Metropolitan Police Officers for the price of one.

In our own area, Police Comissioner Sue Mountstevens has asked for publicity for the Avon and Somerset Police webpage for 'Your area' at:
Log on to this, and it will give you information about policing activities. At the moment, our police support situation here in Winscombe and Sandford is summed up as follows: "Officer attendance is based on availability and responding to policing matters on a risk, harm and threat basis. Police reports can be provided in advance of Parish Council meetings. However, the Policing environment is changing and the current situation, as confirmed by the Somerset Area Commander Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie on 29 October 2015, is that Police Officers will attend PACT meetings (Partnerships and Communities Together) as a matter of course but Avon and Somerset Constabulary will not necessarily attend Parish Council meetings unless there is capacity to do so and a police issue is to be discussed. "

If you would like to share your concerns and views with other residents, please send them in to the usual address,

05-Nov-2015 The search is on to find the South West's favourite local products
Molly Scott Cato MEP has launched a competition to identify some of our favourite products from across the South West of England. The winners will get the opportunity to showcase their products at a special reception in Brussels early next year. For details see

05-Nov-2015 Woodborough Green
Residents have been contacting councillors and the Parish Office with their views on the enclosed decking erected by Heartstone Inns, the new owners of the Woodborough Inn, over part of Woodborough Green. Several residents said they were unaware that the area at the front of the Woodborough Inn was called Woodborough Green, and is a registered Village Green. At the Parish Council meeting on October 26th at Sandford Village Hall, residents, including a representative of the Mendip Society, raised their concerns about the situation, including the lack of any Village Green sign. Councillors were asked how residents could exercise their village green rights over Woodborough Green, particularly when cars are usually parked on it. The meeting heard that legally, all residents have the right to use village greens for 'lawful sports and pastimes', which includes the area the decking is on, and that in the past, with the co-operation of the previous landlord of the Woodborough Inn, Woodborough Green has been kept clear of cars when Churches Together have held their annual service on it, and also at other times of the year, when Morris dancing, and other village activities take place on Woodborough Green. . A majority of councillors voted in favour of a proposal to put up signs to let the public know Woodborough Green is a registered village green and that all residents can freely use the decking, and to ask Heartstone Inns to take down a sign they have put at the entrance to the decking.

05-Nov-2015 Winscombe and Sandford Neighbourhood Plan
Volunteers are needed to help with delivering the Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaires, which will be delivered to every household early next year. The questionnaires can be completed online, or the completed copies will be collected. The plan is to recruit as many volunteers as possible, which will mean that volunteers will only have deliver at homes in one fairly small area in Winscombe or Sandford, Please send an email to to say you can help, or leave a message with the Parish Clerk, Mrs Lynne Rampton, at the Parish Office. Everyone in the Parish is invited to help write our Neighbourhood Plan, and to take part in our Working Groups. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings, which take place on the last Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm at the Winscombe Community Centre. for more details, visit the Neighbourhood Development Plan page. The next meeting is on November 26th.