Commemorating Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith was the late local author to many much loved children’s books, such as the Fox Busters and The Sheep Pig (Babe). Last year (2019), the parish celebrated the life and works of the author with the Dick King-Smith themed scarecrow trail. This year, we have taken this celebration further and installed a more permanent commemoration: a stunning wooden bench carved by the talented Andy O’Neill of Wildwood Carving. The bench was inspired by the animals and characters from the authors novels.

Wood carver with the new bench which has animals carved into it
Wood Carver, Andy O’Neill, with the finished bench.

Tristan Clark, who is a councillor to both Frampton Cotterell and Westerleigh Parishes, explained all, “Earlier this year, Westerleigh Parish Council and Frampton Cotterell Parish Council jointly commissioned wood sculptor, Andy O’Neill, to produce a bench commemorating the work of the much loved children’s author, Dick King-Smith. The author lived with his family at Woodlands farm for over a decade. We are happy to announce that the work has been completed this morning. Due to the current COVID restrictions, we sadly cannot hold a dedication ceremony at present but we hope you will join us sometime next year when we hope a member of the King-Smith family can join us to officially dedicate the new bench. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.”

Tristan Clark with the new bench which is made of wood with animals carved into it.
Cllr Tristan Clark visiting the new bench.

The King-Smiths lived on Woodlands Farm (near Blackberry Drive) between 1948 and 1961. The animals Dick cared for on this farm inspired many of the characters in his novels. These animals have been captured in this beautiful bench, and we hope you enjoy it for years to come. The bench is located just a stones throw away from Woodlands Farm in Blackberry Drive open space and is situated next to the boundary of Westerleigh and Frampton Cotterell parishes.

Thank you to all of the volunteers, councillors and officers who supported this project and to Westerleigh Parish for the joint commission. Finally, a huge thank you to Andy O’Neill for creating the beautiful carved commemorative bench.

“Often, in my dreams, we are still at our first farm, Woodland’s Farm.” -Dick King-Smith, 2001.


Decorate The Parish Tree

Decorate our Parish Tree at the Brockeridge Centre this Christmas!

We want to highlight plastic pollution and promote reusing single use plastic. So we challenge you to create a decoration made from plastic bottles pots, or tubs (whatever you have lying around!). Try making a Christmas tree from a drinks bottle, a snowman from a pot or a snowflake from a bottle bottom!

Follow us on Facebook for more tips to come on upcycled plastic decorations.

Pop by the Brockeridge Centre any time throughout December to tie your decoration to our Tree for all to see.

Want to hear more about plastic waste? Follow Plastic Free Frampton Cotterell and Refill Frampton Cotterell on Facebook.

"MAke a decoration from plastic bottles or pots for out Christmas Tree, enter the Colouring Competition

0-6 years and 7- 10 years colouring comp. 

We want to highlight plastic pollution and aim to reduce, reuse, refill and recycle!

Search online for design in inspiration and follow Plastic Free Frampton Cotterell, Refill Frampton Cotterell and Frampton Cotterell Parish Council on Facebook for plastic free tips!

Plastic decoratins can be put on the tree at The Brockeridge Centre any time after 30th Nov. Colouring competition Entries from the Brockeridge Centre or from sawalters@blueyonder.co.uk / 07767487531"
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Pitch Improvements at The Park Update

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that the main works for the pitch improvements at The Park have been completed.

The rugby and football pitches will now be drier throughout the seasons and have now been levelled to Sports England standard. Machinery has been removed from site and the grass will now need to re-establish. To allow this to happen, the fencing will remain in place until spring 2021. The site will be monitored during this time and reseeding and re-levelling will be carried out as required. Access around the fencing will remain, and the tennis courts are open.

Thank you for your patience whilst works were carried out, both to users of The Park and neighbouring residents. The Council hopes the improvements will benefit the community for years to come.

Please feel free to browse the gallery below of the work being undertaken.

Search for Memories and Information – Horse Shoe Inn

Search for Memories and Information about The Horse Shoe Inn  , Frampton Cotterell.

1952 photo of the Horseshoe Inn

Frampton Cotterell and District Local History Society ( FC&DLHS) are researching the history of  the Horse Shoe  Inn , the Causeway. If you have any relevant information, photos or family memories can you please send them to the secretary. The material will be collated together in an article and sent to Members of the FC&DLHS, the Facebook page and local publications Many thanks, Stella  

secretary_fcdlhs@yahoo.com ( underscore line between y and f)

www.facebook.com/framptoncotterelllocalhistory

NOTICE OF WORKS – The Park, School Road

PUBLIC NOTICE OF WORKS
PITCH IMPROVEMENTS AT THE PARK, SCHOOL ROAD 

Pitch improvements works will commence from 3rd August 2020 and last for approximately 5-6 weeks (weather permitting). Working hours will be 7am-7pm (not including Sundays). Week one will involve removal of grass, followed by drainage and resurfacing works in the following weeks. 

The car park, play areas and tennis courts will still be accessible throughout the works. The sports pitches in area 2 (figure 1) will be fenced off and inaccessible for the duration of works and play will not be permitted until the 12 month 
maintenance period is complete. Area 1 is not included in the works and will be open as normal. 

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Frampton Cotterell Parish 
Council on 01454 64442 or email clerk@framptoncotterell-pc.gov.uk.

PUBLIC NOTICE OF WORKS
PITCH IMPROVEMENTS AT THE PARK, SCHOOL ROAD


Pitch improvements works will commence from 3rd August 2020 and last for approximately 5-6 weeks (weather permitting). Working hours will be 7am-7pm (not including Sundays). Week one will involve removal of grass, followed by drainage and resurfacing works in the following weeks.

The car park, play areas and tennis courts will still be accessible throughout the works. The sports pitches in area 2 (figure 1) will be fenced off and inaccessible for the duration of works and play will not be permitted until the 12 month
maintenance period is complete. Area 1 is not included in the works and will be open as normal.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Frampton Cotterell Parish
Council on 01454 64442 or email clerk@framptoncotterell-pc.gov.uk.

Litter!

During the last few months it has been great to see so many people making the most of the lovely public open spaces we have, however the amount of litter being left behind has made it impossible for the Council to keep on top of.

When you visit one of our open spaces please take your litter home or bag it and leave it by the litter bins.

At “The Park” (Crossbow) there are recycling bins and two large blue waste bins near the Pavilion door, please use these.  The Parish Council has had to have extra litter picking done at The Park; this has a cost to you the Residents

Update on Play Areas

Play area closure due to COIVID-19

We are working to reopen our play areas as soon as possible so children and adults can enjoy the health benefits of exercising and playing outdoors.

Once we receive more detail and guidance from the government about the measures required to open these facilities safely, with ongoing social distancing to save lives as we emerge from Covid-19, we will do everything we can to open them as soon as possible after Saturday 4 July.

There is a lot of work to do to make sure our sites are safe for people to use and meet national safety requirements. We need to reinstall equipment which was removed during lockdown, check for any damage and carry out rigorous safety inspections at all sites.

We aim to open all our sites as quickly as we can. However, due to the work we need to do to make sure they are safe, it won’t be possible to open them all on Saturday 4 July. For your own safety, do not use play areas unless it’s clear that the site has been fully opened.

COVID-19 Emergency Funding Applications Open

Covid 19 emergency fund

Frampton Cotterell Parish Council have set aside an emergency fund of up to £10,000 to help the community through the COVID-19 outbreak. The following groups may apply for up to £500 (for more funding, please contact the Clerk):

  • Community or voluntary groups
  • Registered charities
  • Community Interest Companies

The purpose of the fund is to support local community and voluntary sector organisations supporting vulnerable people of Frampton Cotterell during the COVID-19 crisis to cover additional costs they may incur due to increased activity or functions that they have insufficient resources to meet. For full details on how to apply and the criteria, please read the emergency fund guidelines below.

To apply, please download the application form and email the completed form to office@framptoncotterell-pc.gov.uk

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact the office on office@framptoncotterell-pc.gov.uk or telephone 01454 864442.

We look forward to hearing from you.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

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Stay Home Stay Safe campaign. More information from the campaign website.

Covid-19 Updates and Information

You will all no doubt be very aware of the current situation relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and the steps we all need to take to reduce the spread of the virus, including social distancing, staying at home and washing your hands. As the situation is changing so rapidly, it is advised that you visit gov.uk and the NHS website for updates.

Frampton Cotterell Parish Council’s Response

The parish council have taken a series of precautions in a bid to further reduce risk across Frampton Cotterell:

  1. Parish council play areas have been closed and padlocked where possible including The Park skate ramp & play area, Brockeridge park and Ridings Road. If you see people accessing the closed play areas, please report to the police on the Avon & Somerset Police Website.
  2. The Brockeridge Centre on Woodend Road and the Pavilion at The Park have been closed until further notice. Anyone who has made a booking has been contacted.
  3. Council meetings have been suspended until further notice.
  4. As per government guidelines, upcoming parish council events have been cancelled. This includes VE day celebrations that were to be held in May.
  5. Open spaces, including The Park Playing Fields, allotments and the Centenary Field remain open to allow you to get some fresh air. However, it is advised to stick to government guidelines for social distancing and restricting your outdoor exercise to once per day.
  6. Youth clubs have been cancelled until further notice.
  7. The parish council have set up an emergency resilience fund to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic (see more below).

Emergency Resilience Funding

Frampton Cotterell Parish Council have set aside an emergency fund of up to £10,000 to help the community through the COVID-19 outbreak. Please contact the Office for details.

Please follow us on Facebook and check this website for updates.

Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath: Covid-19 Community Support

A group of District & Parish Councillors, residents, and voluntary workers have come together to set up the Frampton Cotterell / Coalpit Heath COVID-19 Community Support group.

The aim of the group is to provide community-based support to residents in need in the Parishes of Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath.

They may be able to support with:
-Shopping
-Phone conversations for company
-General essential tasks.

The group already has in excess of 200 volunteers ready to support anyone in need.You may have already received a leaflet through your letter box with details of how to contact their local volunteer should you require support.

You can find more about the group on Facebook at Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath: Covid-19 Community Support. Alternatively you can contact the community group by email on COVID19FramptonAndCoalpit@gmail.com

Avon & Somerset Police

We have been given the information below from Avon & Somerset Police:

The police have stopped all Beat Surgeries and external forums, we are still conducting hi-visibility patrols, we have reduced the number of stations we have open and would encourage members of the public to contact us by email when it isn’t urgent. There is obviously a demand on us for clarity around certain things being implemented and again would encourage people to refer to the Government websites and NHS websites rather than us.

For the most up-to-date information please refer to the Avon & Somerset Police website

Further Sources of Information

Social Distancing and Mental Health Support

Social distancing and self-isolating is challenging for everyone, which is why it’s so important for us to look after our mental health as well as our physical health at this time.

We have lots of advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing during this difficult time online, visit https://oneyou.southglos.gov.uk/stress-less/

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone to find out what support is available, call 0333 577 4666 available from 11am-7pm Monday to Friday, 12pm-6pm Saturday and Sunday or email communitysupport@southernbrooks.org.uk

Mental Health Support Guide – rehab4addiction

For advice on better mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, please read the below guide for help and advice:

https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/coronavirus/mental-health-coronavirus
Allotments

The allotments at Jubillee and Mill Lane remain open as per guidelines from the National Allotment Association. Please stick to government social distancing guidelines when visiting your allotment and remain at least 2 meters apart from others, cleaning gates after use and do not wash your hands in allotment water troughs.

South Gloucestershire Council

Visit the South Gloucestershire Council Website and Facebook page for changes to services.

Local Businesses

Many local businesses face a difficult time ahead with uncertain futures. Many businesses have been modified to adapt to the current situation. We recommend you check with your local eatery/businesses to see if they are offering take away or alternative services. If you wish for your business services to be listed on this page, please contact us on projectofficer@framptoncotterell-pc.gov.uk

For business support during this time, please visit the Government Business Support website.

Community groups

Frampton Cotterell is lucky to have a very proactive community. To keep up to date with local information and potential activities that fit in with COVID-19 guidelines, follow the new COVID-19 Community Response Group, Village Action and Frampton Community Projects on Facebook.

The Countryside Alliance

The Countryside Alliance has created a hub for COVID-19 information and has sections dedicated to communities. Visit the Countryside Alliance Website for further information.

Cyber security

There have been reports of an increase in cyber crime amidst the CORVID-19 outbreak. Check out the cyber security quick tips PDF for ideas to prevent becoming a victim of cyber crime.

Citezens Advice

For up to date information on the COVID-19 situation and what it means for you, visit the Citezens Advice website
website: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

You can also contact the Citizens Advice national helpline: 03444-111444

Samaritans

With such a strange situation and major changes to peoples lives, many of you may be facing difficult times. Please visit the Samaritans website for help and support: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

You can also call direct on the Samaritans national helpline: 116 123 (day or night, 365 days per year)