Getting Batty at Centenary Field

Emily from Bristol Bat Rescue giving a presentation all about bats!

On 19/02/2020, Frampton Cotterell Parish Council had 6 bat boxes installed at the Centenary Field. The bat boxes were handmade by the Frampton Cotterell community at a Bat Box making workshop that took place last summer. The bat box making event was organised by Village Action and many of the boxes were kindly donated to the Parish Council. Whilst these boxes were being installed, Bristol Bat Rescue gave a talk all about bats and about their rescue charity. Bristol Bat Rescue talked about all the different species of bats that may be present locally and how the bat boxes will help support them. Over 20 people braved the rainy British weather to see the boxes being installed in the trees and to learn lots of interesting facts about bats.

Emily Wilson (who ran the session pictured above) from Bristol Bat Rescue reflected and said “opportunities like this are crucial for inspiring the new generation and securing the future of bats.”

Local resident, Luka, with a bat box he made during the bat box making session in 2019.
Two out of six of the bat boxes installed at the Centenary Field.

Frampton Cotterell Parish Council recently had a wildlife survey done on the Centenary Field and will soon be implementing a new biodiversity management plan to help the local flora and fauna flourish. The six handmade bat boxes were successfully installed and will provide a place for the local bats to roost and help support local wildlife.

Daisy Finniear (Project Officer to Frampton Cotterell Parish Council) said: “I walked around the Centenary Field last year with my bat detector and recorded 4 different species in the space of 15 minutes, so we know we have lots of bats around that will be very happy with their new boxes! Thank you to everyone that kindly donated their handmade boxes.”

A noctule bat rescued by Bristol Bat Rescue (image copyright Bristol Bat Rescue)

Bats are the only species of mammal that have evolved the ability to fly. They are nocturnal (awake at night) and contrary to popular belief, they are not blind. They use echolocation to find their way around and to catch their prey. They navigate by making ultrasonic sounds that bounce off objects. There are 18 different species of bat in the UK, all of which are protected species. There may be as many as 14 species locally, including rare large species of bat such as the noctule. During March and April, bats will begin to emerge from hibernation in search for food. If you keep an eye out at dawn or dusk, you may start noticing bats taking their first flights after sleeping through the long cold winter months. The smallest of the UK bat species, the common pipistrelle, can eat up to 3000 insects in one night! Bats are therefore fantastic at pest control and a vital part of the ecosystem.

As bats begin to emerge from hibernation, you may come across one that has been injured. Bristol Bat Rescue can provide guidance  if you find an injured bat

Youth in Frampton – Have your say!

YOUNG PEOPLE OF FRAMPTON – We want to hear from you!


Have your say about what young people in Frampton
Cottrell want!

Come and meet the youth work team, enjoy some activities and give us you're opinion on what you want in your town

Thursday 20th
February @ The Brockeridge Centre, 12-2

For more information email

Have your say about what young people in Frampton
Cottrell want!

Come and meet the youth work team, enjoy some activities and give us you’re opinion on what you want in your town

Thursday 20th
February @ The Brockeridge Centre, 12-2

For more information email

Bats at Centenary Field: Family bat talk, activities & bat box installation

Poster of event - full info below.

Bats at Centenary Field!

Go batty this half term with our family bat talk and activities with Bristol Bat Rescue.

Bristol Bat Rescue will talk to you about bats and, weather permitting, run some activities for the children such as bat themed colouring.

We will also be installing the bat boxes made by residents at the community event last July, which were kindly donated to the parish council to be used at the field.

Everyone of all ages are welcome to come and learn about these amazing creatures.

We will be meeting at the big red wheel in Centenary Field, Wednesday 19th February at 12pm.

Wear wellies or boots as the field can be muddy in places.

Contact Daisy for more information:

Donations on the day very welcome for Bristol Bat Rescue.

See you there!

History Society: Memories wanted!

Poster that reads: Do you remember Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath in WW2?
Or do you know someone who might?  The Frampton Cotterell and District Local History Society is looking for memories and photographs of the villages from the war years, to display in commemoration of 75 years since VE Day in May.  PLEASE, get in touch!
Email our secretary, or contact us through our Facebook page, framptoncotterelllocalhistory 
              Thank you!

From the Frampton Cotterell and District Local History Society:

Our nation will  mark the 75th anniversary of  Victory in Europe ( VE Day)  on Friday  8 May 2020 , to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant periods in our country’s history.

Frampton Cotterell and District Local History Society are  asking   local people   to kindly  share  any stories to tell about their own, or their parents and grandparents,  experiences of  living here  in those  war years.  We would appreciate  copies of photos  of memorabilia ,  artefacts,  the people , medals ,  diaries etc. Our focus  will be on the parishes of Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath.

The history society intend to put together a small V E display  which  will be on view  at   the  Brockeridge Centre during May 2020.

All of the material will be collated into a folder and stored with  our archives.  If possible it would also be an amazing opportunity for us to interview local people  and hear their personal testimony,  perhaps even to record their  voices.

 If anyone has any information can they  please contact the ( underscore line between y and f)

Grounds Maintenance and Grass Cutting Contract – Open For Tender

Frampton Cotterell Parish Council is in the process of reviewing grounds maintenance and grass cutting contracts for its Public Open Space/Sports Pitches at The Park, School Road.

It is inviting interested parties to tender for the work for the 2020-21 season (from 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021) and the 2022 – 23 season (From 1st April 2022 – 31st March 2023). This will therefore be a 3 year contract.

The closing date for receipt of tenders is Friday 16th January 2020 at 5pm. Tenders may be received electronically or hard copy.

The specification for work for each area is attached below:

If you require help with where the site is please contact the office on 01454 864442

Beesmoor Rd Play Area Redevelopment

The next phase of the play area redevelopment has begun (9/12/19), so part of the play area will be temporarily fenced off.

There should be minimal disruption over the next few weeks. This phase will include the new fencing, slide from the tower structure, a new rubbish bin and new gates.

The Touchwood team have been amazing working in the terrible weather this week. This phase should be completed by the end of next week.

We will keep you up to date on the progress.

Image of a section of the Beesmoor Road Play Area being redeveloped and adding bark to the ground.
Laying down bark at the Beesmoor Road Play Area
Image of redevelopment work showing wooden frame, concrete mixer and wheelbarrow.
Works being undertaken at the play area.

Frampton Cotterell and District Local History Society Wed 11 Dec 2019 7.30 pm

A talk by Alan Freke of Frenchay Museum

“ An Utterly Good Man –The life of F. D. Maurice”  ,  an academic ,  Victorian vicar and  author,  who established colleges for the  education of  both women and men, believed  that capitalism was rooted in greed and helped to give legal status to co-operative bodies such as working men’s associations.   He was a member of the Royal Commission discussing the Acts of law which gave  police  the right to arrest prostitutes,  forcibly medically examine them and confine them in a lock up hospital.

“Professor Maurice remained firmly and conscientiously opposed to the Acts to the very last.” Close, Francis (1872).

Zion Church

Frampton Cotterell

Woodend Road

BS36 2HY

All welcome. Entry £4

Free to members, annual subscription £15

Includes light refreshments

Frampton Youth Club Re Opening

Frampton Youth Club is re opening on December 10th for school years 6 to 8 at the Brockeridge Centre on Woodend Road. £2 entry.

The group will include arts & crafts, sports, media, workshops, life skills, trips, tuck shops and much more!

You can contact the youth club for more information:

Or visit their Facebook page, insta or website.

Please note, the Youth Club will be closed between 24th December and 7th January.

Youth group poster. Information in above text.