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.


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If you need any help and support over Christmas or you are worried about your safety, please call 0800 4700 280. Or you can access the online live chat via their website on nextlinkhousing.co.uk.

Poster on domestic abuse. Advice for the Christmas period.

Parish amenity closures

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Due to Lockdown 3.0, the Brockeridge Centre continues to be closed to the public and the staff are working from home.

The sports pavilion and tennis courts at The Park will also temporarily close.

Play areas will remain open.

Please visit the government website for more information on lockdown restrictions National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you need to contact a member of staff then please email the Parish Clerk on clerk@framptoncotterell-pc.gov.uk, the Council Office on office@framptoncotterell-pc.gov.uk, or telephone 01454 864442 and leave a message and we will get back to you.

Further information on Tier 3 restrictions can be found on the Government website Tier 3: Very High alert – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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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Christmas Trail

With the end of a very hard year around the corner, perhaps this Christmas you and your family would like to take a walk around the Parish and admire all the effort put in by local residents to make Christmas festive.

Please look out for 47, Vicarage Road, BS36 2RT as unfortunately it was left off of the map.

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Your views about the future of the region

The West of England Combined Authority is asking people living and working in the West of England for their views about the future of the region, to ensure the region is a greener, more connected place to live and work. The feedback will help shape a Spatial Development Strategy that will make sure that homes, employment spaces and transport links are planned in the right places over the next 20 years.
It’s important that we involve residents, businesses and organisations at this early stage of the process, so we can make sure the plan reflects the priorities of the people who live and work in the region. Please follow the link for more information.
www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/future-of-the-region/
Our survey takes no longer than 20 minutes to complete and will be open for comments until Monday 14 December 2020. If any members of your community would like a paper copy or the information in an alternative format, please call 0117 428 6210 or email planning@westofengland-ca.gov.uk.
Once the draft is completed and published in 2021, the Strategy will be subject to a full statutory consultation, providing opportunity to formally comment on the proposed plan. More information about the Spatial Development Strategy can be found at: www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/west-of-england-strategic-planning/

South Gloucestershire New Covid Testing Sites

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New Covid-19 Testing Facilities to Roll-Out in South Gloucestershire

New sites where Covid-19 testing can take place have been identified so that more local people who need a Covid-19 test can get one closer to home.

The Council has identified a number of new sites that are suitable to host Mobile Testing Units (MTU’s), similar to those which have been operating at the University of the West of England (UWE) campus in Frenchay. These have now been approved by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), which means that testing could be available in more parts of the district.

MTU’s are allocated on a weekly basis by DHSC based on demand and availability. Having identified the new sites, South Gloucestershire will be better able to adapt as the situation continues to develop. MTU’s may be moved around to meet demand, however anyone who needs a test can access one via the portal (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119) and the most convenient location available on that day will be offered. If a local appointment is not available, a home testing kit can be sent to your home.

All testing facilities will continue to operate on a strictly appointment-only basis. It is vital that if you need a test that you book in advance. You cannot attend a testing facility without an appointment.

We have identified additional locations in order to provide greater access to testing for symptomatic residents across South Gloucestershire.

Beginning on Thursday 19 November, MTU’s will be set up in the car park at Cleve Rugby Football Club on Cossham Street, Mangotsfield; and on Friday 20 November at The Ridings Car Park, Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury.

We will continue to work with DHSC to provide additional local testing capacity at locations across the district as testing facilities are available and to meet changes in demand.

You should only book a test, which is free, if you have one of the following symptoms:

•             you have a high temperature

•             you have a new, continuous cough

•             you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed

•             you’ve been asked to by the council public health team, your doctor or other NHS clinician

•             You can also get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms.

From Thursday 19 November the existing MTU site at UWE will be replaced by a Local Testing Site (LTS). This will be at a different location on the UWE Frenchay campus, but fulfil the same role and have broadly the same capacity for testing. Testing slots will be made available via the online booking portal and accessible via the 119 number in the normal way. An LTS is a more permanent set-up, not subject to potential weekly relocations and are designed to stay in a single location for a period of at least three months. There will be no drive through element to the LTS, instead students and members of the public who have a booked appointment will continue to be able to walk-up to be tested.

Scarecrow Trail Winners!

Winner: Tickle Attack

First Prize Winner of the Scarecrow Trail

Again this years scarecrow trail was a great success, with over 35 entries it was the biggest trail ever. We would like to thank everyone who took part and kept lots of children happy through the school holidays.

First Prize went to ST Peter’s Crescent with their entry “Tickle Attack”.

The second prize was awarded to Harris Barton’s Little Miss Naughty

So much effort was made this year and here are a few of the other amazing Mr Men:

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.