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CHARLCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS:

The next Charlcombe Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 9th July 2024, at 7.00pm in the Lansdown and Langridge Village Hall, Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 9BT.
The agenda for the meeting will be published here about a week before the meeting.

If you are a member of the public and would like to participate in the meeting, please email the Clerk at charlcombepc@gmail.com no less than 24 hrs prior to the meeting.

The draft minutes from the 14th May 2024 Annual Parish Council meeting can be read here .


NEWS – 16th May 2024:

NOTICE OF VACANCY

IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

Charlcombe Parish Council

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that following the resignation of Cllr Hilary Macklin, a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for Charlcombe Parish Council.

If, within 14 days* after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than Thursday, 6th June 2024), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW, by TEN electors for Charlcombe Parish Council, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

The request must be signed by ten persons who, at the time of the request, are listed on the electoral register as local government electors for Charlcombe Parish Council. The ten signatures should be accompanied by printed names, addresses and, if known, electoral numbers.

                                                                             Rosemary Kerr

                                                                             Parish Clerk

Dated: Thursday, 16th May 2024

*        In computing any period of time for this purpose a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded.

Wild about Charlcombe – Sunday 9 June

Find out more about an exciting new community project by joining a guided walk as part of the Festival of Nature on 9 June.

Discover how nature-loving local residents are working in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council to take on the management of two fields in beautiful Charlcombe Valley.

Learn more about plans to restore and improve the habitat, creating a space where all residents can spend time getting closer to nature.

You can also help record wildlife in the fields – we’ll be asking people to download the iNaturalist app and note whatever they spot.

Walks will take place at 10.30am and 2pm. Book your free place by emailing charlcombemeadowsbath@gmail.com

Notes from Annual Parish Meeting – Tuesday 14th May 2024

All residents of Charlcombe Parish were invited to the Annual Parish Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 14th May in the Lansdown and Langridge Village Hall.
The notes from the meeting can be found here.

Wildflower Walk – Sunday 23rd June at 2.30pm
The Friends of Langridge have announced that this popular walk around the beautiful valleys surrounding Langridge Church will take place courtesy of Jane and Donald MacIntyre. Contact Jeremy Humphries 07860832447 for further information.

Temporary Footpath Closure between Woolley and Upper Swainswick
B&NES introduced an emergency temporary path closure on public footpaths BA5/6 & BA24/12 running between Church Street, Woolley and Innox Lane, Upper Swainswick on 27th February.
The footpaths have been closed because of the likelihood of danger to the public caused by a collapsed footbridge. This closure has now been extended until 19 September 2024, however the footpaths will be re-opened sooner if it is possible to replace the footbridge sooner.

Cotswolds Warden Activities

Charlcombe Parish Council is grateful to the Avon Valley District Cotswolds Voluntary Wardens for all of their help with maintaining and improving the 20 miles of public footpaths within the parish. This includes improving signage, putting in handrails and keeping the paths clear for walkers to enjoy.
The Cotswolds Wardens carry out work parties across the area and their activities in 2023 can be viewed at: Avon Valley Work Party Locations 2023.
The Cotswolds Wardens also lead monthly walks and details can be found on the Local Walks page of the website.
If you are interested in finding out more about the voluntary wardens, please go to the Cotswold National Landscape website.

Live Well is an online resource which provides an wide range of information, resources and support for families living in B&NES, with targeted information for parent carers with a child (aged up to 25) with additional needs and adults needing care or support.

B&NES Energy Efficiency Initiatives

  • Bright Green Homes
    Funding and support available to owner occupiers and private rented households not on gas heating to install a range of energy efficiency measures and low carbon technologies. Income criteria apply but some post codes are exempt.

For more information go to www.energyathome.org.uk

Our three new parish noticeboards are now in place


The parish council has bought three new noticeboards to replace the twenty year old noticeboards in Langridge, Woolley and Upper Weston. The first was installed in Upper Weston with the others following in February. A huge thank you to the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens for their help in assembling and installing the noticeboards.

Staying safe around livestock when out walking

Responsible dog walking campaign Graeme Hall 053_77811

The National Farmers Union website  https://www.countrysideonline.co.uk/care-for-the-countryside/countryside-code/ provides some excellent guidance for how to keep safe and to enjoy your time out walking in the countryside. It includes a video giving specific advice about walking with your dog near livestock.

Improvements to drainage on Osborne’s Lane
This section of the lane, which is used by pedestrians travelling between Broadmoor Lane and Weston, has been prone to flooding making it near impassable to those on foot. Recent work to add a larger drain and culvert have helped mitigate the issue.

Improvements to the footpath behind Charlcombe Church
Using funds from the Ward Councillor Empowerment Fund, the Parish Council commissioned the installation of additional steps and handrails on the very step footpath that runs behind Charlcombe Church, making it easier for walkers to use.

Find out how you can build on your success

Future Bright offers FREE career coaching, training and support to help individuals develop the skills and confidence they need to take their next step. They provide support, advice and skills training to specific groups within B&NES. For more details visit www.futurebright.org.uk or call 01225 395555 or email futurebright@bathnes.gov.uk

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Following a transfer of service back to Bath & North East Somerset Council on 1st
July 2022, the number to ring if you suspect an adult is being abused or neglected
(this could be you or someone you know) will be 01225 394200.

Phone lines are open Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm and Fridays 8.30am
to 4.30pm; at all other times, call the Emergency Duty Social Work team on 01454
61 51 65 (evenings, weekends and bank holidays). If you think someone is in
immediate danger, ring the emergency services on 999.

You can also report a concern via email; there is a new email address to use for
safeguarding referrals; please use Safeguarding_Adults@bathnes.gov.uk.

Worrying about Money?

Advice and support is available within B&NES for those who are struggling to make ends meet – further details are here

One farm through one century

An opportunity to hear about life at Manor Farm in Langridge going back to 1917 via this Bathscape Podcast https://footprints.captivate.fm/episode/105-years-at-manor-farm-langridge
It’s very interesting, going from pre-mechanisation to war-time to modernisation. The current owners describe their successful Emorsgate seeds business.

Bath Preservation Trust – New Quick Guide to Energy Efficiency in Old Homes
B PT has released its new quick guide on how old homes can help cut carbon emissions, as an update on our existing energy efficiency guidance in Warmer Bath. This new publication includes a number of helpful no cost and low cost tricks and tips to reduce energy usage whilst keeping old homes warmer, and is intended to empower residents to make changes this coming winter with minimal risk to historic fabric. You can find the guidance available via our website: https://www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk/new-quick-guide-from-bpt-advises-how-all-old-homes-can-help-cut-carbon/