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Welcome to the Pucklechurch Community Website and the online version of the Pucklechurch News

Pucklechurch is a village in South Gloucestershire, England. It sits on an elevated plateau about 8 miles to the northeast of Bristol, 8 miles to the northwest of Bath and on the edge of the Cotswolds. More...

This site features the online version of the Pucklechurch News, a quarterly newsletter funded by the parish council and delivered free to all households in the area. 

As well as local interest and history, this site contains information on the many clubs, organisations and associations of Pucklechurch village covering:

The Pucklechurch Community Website is supported by the Parish Council who pay the hosting fees.

Photograhs show views and details of Pucklechurch village and surrounding area. "Through the Window" by kind permission of Carol Humphrey

 

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Pucklechurch HeartStart

Lifesaving equipment
for use in the event of
cardiac arrest

We have three defibrillators installed in Pucklechurch Village. Why not familiarise yourself with the locations now

LOCATIONS
Community Centre, Abson Road

PVSSC (Top Club), St Alban’s Drive

Coach House Cafe at Junction of Westerleigh Road and Parkfield Road

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Village Calendar 2014
(last updated 29/09/2014)

Events highlighted in yellow are open to all.
However, they may require tickets or other restrictions so please check with organisers.

Events highlighted in orange have been added or changed recently

October 2014

Don’t forget to check herefor listings of regular weekly meetings

Sat, 18th Oct: Plans for Wick Quarry and Golden Valley Nature reserve public consultation is to be hosted at the quarry in the old canteen from 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Sun, 19th Oct: Plans for Wick Quarry and Golden Valley Nature reserve public consultation is to be hosted at the quarry in the old canteen from 10.00am to 3.00pm

Sun, 19th Oct: Film Night at the Social Club featuring “The Butler”, As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. Come and enjoy a drink and watch a great film. Film starts at 8.30pm in the Social Club at the Community Centre, Abson Road.

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Tue, 21st Oct: Folk Dance Club with Malcolm Smith ~ New members always welcome. From 7.45pm to 10.15pm in the Community Centre hall

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Sun, 26th Oct: [BST Ends] Quiz Night - Popular quiz with prizes. Up to six in a team, £1pp.  Non-members welcome.  Cash Prizes and a raffle. Starts at 8.30pm in the Social Club at the Community Centre, Abson Road.

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Fri, 31st Oct: [Halloween]: Live Music (last Friday of every month) featuring local artists.  This is an open mic night and our musicians love to have an audience. Come and watch or join in. We feature Electric and Acoustic sets and have a wide range of music represented.  We are getting a good reputation in the Bristol/Bath area and attract many talented performers. It’s Halloween so there will be prizes for the best (or worst) dressed and the the best spooky song! Music starts at 8.30pm at the PVSSC St Aldam's Drive, Pucklechurch.  Call/text Martin on 0780 907 5784 or opemmic@pucklechurch.org if you have questions.  Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PucklechurchOpenMic

November 2014

Don’t forget to check herefor listings of regular weekly meetings

Sat, 1st Nov: Parish Council Walk-in. This is a walk-in surgery for residents to meet member(s) of the Parish Council to discuss items of interest, their concerns or ideas of relevance to the local community. From 10.00am to noon in the Community Centre meeting room, Pucklechurch

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Tue, 4th Nov: Folk Dance Club with Barry Gant and with Mike Elsom ~ New members always welcome. From 7.45pm to 10.15pm in the Community Centre hall

Wed, 5th Nov: [Guy Fawkes Night] Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm in the Community Centre meeting room. Members of the public are invited to attend. If you wish to speak at the meeting you are requested to let the clerk know in advance.

Wed, 5th Nov: [Guy Fawkes Night] Gardeners' Club Meeting. Mr. G. Nicholls – ‘Photography in the Garden’ plus the competition – Photograph of your own garden. Meet at 8.00pm in the Community Centre Hall, Abson Road. New members always welcome, just come to the meeting.

Thu, 6th Nov: Drop In Baby Clinic and play session. An opportunity for parents/carers to have their baby weighed and speak to the Health Visitor. A play session will be provided by Cadbury Heath Children's Centre staff. For more information debbie.hitchins@southglos.gov.uk or 01454 862974. 1.30 to 3.00pm at the Pucklechurch Community Centre on Abson Road

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Sat, 8th Nov: “Live at the PVSSC” Live music. Chris Stanley and band will be launching his debut album, 'Americana'. For the first time ever they will be performing full band versions of the songs from Amerciana, the Echoes ep and some brand new tunes. Entry is free and the support acts include the great Geoff Pugh and Tim Rice. Everyone is welcome. From 8.00pm at the PVSSC, St Aldam's Drive.

Sun, 9th Nov: [Remembrance Sunday]

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Tue, 18th Nov: Folk Dance Club with Mike Courthold and with Weston Country Dance Band ~ New members always welcome. From 7.45pm to 10.15pm in the Community Centre hall

Wed, 19th Nov: Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm in the Community Centre meeting room. Members of the public are invited to attend. If you wish to speak at the meeting you are requested to let the clerk know in advance.

Thu, 20th Nov: Drop In Baby Clinic and play session. An opportunity for parents/carers to have their baby weighed and speak to the Health Visitor. A play session will be provided by Cadbury Heath Children's Centre staff. For more information debbie.hitchins@southglos.gov.uk or 01454 862974. 1.30 to 3.00pm at the Pucklechurch Community Centre on Abson Road

Fri, 21st Nov: Auction of Gifts and Promises. Raising money for Emily Goodchild’s “World Challenge” trip to Ecuador in 2015. Bring your own bottle, rolls and snacks provided. Please obtain your entry ticket (50p per person) and you will be entered into a raffle draw. Any donations would also be appreciated. Any good quality items are all thankfully accepted. Please contact Emily Goodchild 303 9190 or goodchildej@gmail.com.  7.30 to 9.30pm at Pucklechurch Primary School.

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Sun, 30th Nov: [St. Andrew's Day] Quiz Night - Popular quiz with prizes. Up to six in a team, £1pp.  Cash Prizes and a raffle. Non-members welcome. Starts at 8.30pm in the Social Club at the Community Centre, Abson Road.

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News & Announcements

21.10.2014: Pucklechurch Parish Council Grants. This year's grant scheme is now open for applications. Community Groups may apply for a grant by completing the application (found here). Deadline for submission is 30th November 2014.  However, you want to have a pre submission check then these should be in by Friday, 31st October.

18.10.2014: Appeal for Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). This is a disease of the eye that leads to loss of vision and blindness. The Charity RP Fighting Blindness are currently running a used stamp appeal - we are asking if you could take a few moments each day to tear off the stamps from your letters and save them until you have a fair number. More details here...

18.10.2014: Pucklechurch Parish Council wishes to pay tribute to the late

Mrs Mary Whittock

Mary contributed so much to community life in the parish and will be remembered fondly. Our thoughts are with her family.


29.09.2014. Pucklechurch Surgery has moved to Becket Court (the old Elizabeth Shaw building). There is plenty of parking at the rear.

28.09.2014: The new owner of Wick Quarry and Golden Valley Nature Reserve outlined the plans for the two sites to Wick & Abson Parish Council in March (minutes here). The long term objective is to rehabilitate the quarry by increasing species diversity, creating new water margin habitats and species rich grasslands.

The quarry will remain private for safety reasons however the reserve will continue to be accessible to the public. Some disruption will occur over a 5 year period whilst stone is extracted to level some of the land, new footpaths are put in and old buildings replaced with low level workshops to rent out.

The plan includes a residential dwelling so that the new owner can live on the site to undertake the plan and curtail problems of illegal access.

A public consultation is to be hosted at the quarry in the old canteen on Saturday 18th October (1pm to 5pm) and Sunday 19th October (10am to 3pm).


25.09.14: Revel Committee have published the latest minutes on the Revel page here...

19.09.2014: Your Village Needs You... to join the Pucklechurch Revel committee. The AGM is at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 24th September in the Social Club (up stairs) at the Community Centre, Abson Road.

17.09.2014: Parish Clerk Temporary Contact Details: Please note that the post of Parish Clerk it is currently being undertaken by a Locum Clerk, Deborah White.

The email is still the same (parish.council@pucklechurch.org). Until such time a new clerk is appointed the temporary telephone number is 0117 2140551 and the temporary postal address will be: 67 Birch Drive, Pucklechurch, BS16 9RW.

Also note that the clerk's working hours are 9am until 2pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


04.09.2014: Pucklechurch Surgery Is Moving! Remember...
There will be no dispensing on
Thursday, 4th Sept
The surgery will be CLOSED on
Friday, 5th Sept
The surgery will OPEN in new premises at Beckett Court, Pucklechurch
Monday, 8th Sept


03.09.2014: The Gardeners' club have updated their page with information on the club, meeting dates up to summer 2015 and details of their 40th anniversary in 2015.  Click here to visit their page.

14.08.2014: Advanced notice, Pucklechurch Players Present... Hickory Dickory Dock, A Pantomime by Norman Robbins. Dates are 4th, 5th and 6th December. Call 937 3015 for tickets

14.08.2014: To all village organisations. The Revel committee have changed the deadline for submitting requests for funds to 10th September 2014. You are also invited to submit nominations for the Bob Stone Memorial Award. More details and the application form may be found here...

08.08.2014: Vacancy for Parish Clerk. The parish council is advertising for a Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer. The post is for 20 hours per week, working from home, spread flexibly over 3 to 4 days per week, including some evenings. Salary scale £10.60 to parish council's website http://pucklechurchparishcouncil.weebly.com/

26.07.2014: Pucklechurch Surgery Is Moving!
There will be no dispensing on
Thursday, 4th Sept
The surgery will be CLOSED on
Friday, 5th Sept
The surgery will OPEN in new premises at Beckett Court, Pucklechurch
Monday, 8th Sept


25.07.2014: Is there a problem? If it's not a matter for the police or emergency services chances are you can report issues, problems or suggestions through the SGC website. It's even got a handy map feature to pinpoint the area. It asks for a postcode but you can use any for Pucklechurch and then move the map to the right position.
http://www.southglos.gov.uk/general-information/online-services/report/


16.07.2014: Consultation for Path from Pucklechurch to Shortwood: SGC are now consulting on the provision of a path segregated from the road for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders (known as a shared use path) connecting Pucklechurch and the the path network at Shortwood.   Due to funding constraints and land acquisitions this work is being undertaken in phases.  More detail and plans are available on the SGC website here... Please respond no later than 1st August 2014.

08.07.2014: Dog Found in Pucklechurch.  diane posted found pucklechurch now emersons vets cropped02
This dog was re-united with it’s owner thanks to... lostandfoundpetsinbristol@gmail.com

08.07.2014: VACANCY FOR VILLAGE ORDERLY: THE ROLE IS FOR 15 HOURS PER WEEK (by negotiation between the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday). Deadline for applications 5pm, Monday 4 August 2014.  More details and Job Specification on the Parish Council website http://pucklechurchparishcouncil.weebly.com/

07.07.2014: Cat Found! Female tortishell long haired cat aged between 3-4 years old that has no chip or collar has been found in pucklechurch after being hit by a car. Please contact Emersons Green Veterinary Surgery. 114 Emerson Way, 0117 957 1110
http://www.emersonvet.co.uk/


03.07.2014: Planning News. The application to develop an egg production facility outside Abson was refused today by South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control Committee.

02.07.2014: First bus will be holding a meet the manager event in the Atrium at Southmead Hospital this Thursday 3 July from 10:00 - 14:00. In the evening, there will be an online meet the manager session from 17:00 - 19:00 on Twitter (@FirstBSA) and Facebook (First West of England).

Both sessions will offer opportunities to residents of the West of England area to provide feedback on the changes to the services to the hospital which were made in April, the forthcoming changes to the fare structures in the wider West of England area (as Bristol was changed last November) and to discuss anything else which is of concern to them.


30.06.2014: Are you interested in our wildlife and environment? Have you seen something that is interesting? Why not record your observations? Want to what's in our area?  Use interactive maps to find what other people have seen. Visit The West of England's Environmental Records Centre at www.brerc.org.uk to get access the maps and forms to submit your observations

28.06.2014: Pucklechurch Heating Oil Club will be placing an order for the village this Monday morning. The rate is 0.5095 pence per litre excluding vat (5% for Domestic use). Minimum order is 500 Litres. Orders & payments need to be submitted by 10.30 am Monday morning (30th June 2014). Delivery within 5 working days from club order on Monday. If you're not a member you may join here: http://www.oil-club.co.uk/heating_oil_clubs/The_Pucklechurc h_Village_heating_oil_club.html

22.06.2014: X49 Bus Timetable Changes: Bus times for the morning and evening commuter services have changed. To view the current operating timetable please click here

http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/bristol_bath/journey_planni ng/timetables/index.php?operator=3&service=X49&page=1&redi rect=no


12.06.2014: Revel Flyer - An updated flyer is now available for download here...

12.06.2014: Revel Beer Festival Update - new details have been supplied - see calendar for details.

12.06.2014: Revel Poetry in the Garden - This event will now take place on Tuesday 17th.


06.06.2014: Revel Flyer - get all the information for Revel Week by downloading the flyer (pdf) here...

05.06.2014: Revel Puckle Ruck six mile all terrain race. Full details of this event have been published here...

05.06.2014: SGC are running "Discover Sport" programme across the area from 1st June to September. Throughout this period a number of sports clubs across the South Gloucestershire area are putting on free taster sessions for people to come along and try a new sport. There is a wide range of sports being covered from archery to touch rugby, netball to lawn bowls and many many more. There are sessions for all ages and all abilities are welcome. Go to www.southglos.gov.uk/discoversports for more information.

20.05.2014: Pucklechurch Parish Council have a dedicated website. Much of the content for the Parish Council will move to the new website in the near future. In the meantime you can visit the new website at http://pucklechurchparishcouncil.weebly.com/. Please take a look and give feedback.

19.05.2014: Scarecrow Trail Photos are now published here...

18.05.2014: Update on X49 bus Service. At the Annual Meeting of the Parish on Wednesday, 14th May local residents were able to put their questions and concerns about the new service to First Bus - see a report of the meeting here...

18.05.2014: The Revel week schedule for this year is available here... Dowload the flyer (pdf) here...

15.05.2014: Frenchay A&E is closing. Are you prepared?  The Parish Council has worked with the NHS North Bristol Trust to provide advice specific to our location.  Read it here...

02.05.14: Bus Service: There have been a number of complaints about the new X49 bus service. In order for First Bus to take the appropriate action it is important that you report problems giving all the relevant details. Click here for ways to report problems.

02.05.14: Revel have published their latest minutes and the letter to community groups here...

09.04.14: Missed Green Bin Collection? Did your green bin get missed last Friday?  Had you paid the fee now required?  If so contact SGC via their online form here...

09.04.14: CO-OPTION OPPORTUNITY. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has occurred in the Office of Councillor for the Parish of Pucklechurch due to the resignation of a Councillor. Closing date for applications is 2nd May 2014. Full notice here...

09.04.14: Grants Available for to all kinds of voluntary and community groups. South Gloucestershire Council is able to give grants to help with your projects. You could receive up to £3,000 (or more depending on the nature of your project). Click here for information and application forms. Applications close 28th April.

09.04.14: Steve Reade (District Councillor) sends his thanks for the help with litter picking last Saturday and the interest shown from people on the route.

09.04.14: Tower Playgroup has a vacancy for a Pre-School Assistant (Term time only) details here...

01.04.14: No Joke! Removal of plastic recycling bin in Community Centre car park. Please note that this is no longer available. Please use kurbside recycling where possible. Please DO NOT leave plastic in the car park.

30.03.14: Countryside Walks. The Countryside Access group has published dates for it's spring 2014 walks. Full details here...

28.03.14: The new (official) timetable for the X49 service to be operated by First Bus is now available.  Click here for a PDF. It does include later buses and a Sunday service.

25.03.14: Tour of Shortwood and Pucklechurch Mines & Brickworks. This is a great opportunity to see part of our local heritage. The tour is approx. 4 to 5 hours long and will start from Parkfield Rank (at the end near the play area) at 10.00am on Saturday, 5th April. To download the full details (highly recommend) click here for the PDF.

25.03.14: Scarecrow Competition and Trail. Full details of how to enter a scarecrow and to take part in the trail have been published here...

24.03.14: Tower Playgroup have updated their page with current hours and contact details.

12.03.14: Bluebird Care have vacancies at their Chipping Sodbury branch.  They provide care and support to the elderly, people with physical disabilities and adults with learning disabilities across the whole of South Gloucestershire. For more information contact Bluebird Care on 01454 323 624, email southglos@bluebirdcare.co.uk or visit their office at 82 Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury.

10.03.14: Date for your diary - Saturday, 5th April - Village Litter Pick. Steve Reade (District Councillor, Boyde Valley) will lead a Litter Pick starting at the Fleur at 10.00am going out through the village, up Abson Road, round the top of Oaktree Av, cutting through to St Aldams and back to the Fleur. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to email Steve at Stephen.Reade@southglos.gov.uk to let him know you are coming but it's not necessary - just turn up.

04.03.14: Superfast Broadband is now operational. The Abson exchange and cabinets are now operational and most properties will be able to upgrade. To do so you need to contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP). However, a small number of properties may not be able to upgrade as BT have not converted all cabinets (more details here http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/faq/).

02.03.14: The Revel committee have published there latest minutes here...

02.03.14: The Community Centre now have a dedicated website with information on the Communty Association, Hire of the hall and meeting room, activities and more. The link is http://www.pucklechurchcommunitycentre.co.uk/

02.03.14: Details of the Pucklechurch Scarecrow Trail and Competition which will be held on Sunday, 4th and Monday, 5th May have been published here.  This year's theme is Movie and Film Characters.

27.02.14: The latest edition of Pucklechurch News is now available to download as a PDF. 

Click the thumbnail to start download.

27.02.14: X49 bus service details. From April 13th the 689 will be replaced by a new service the X49. We have obtained a an unofficial copy of the X49 timetable. Until we can verify the source please treat it as provisional. However, it does contain potentially good news with later busses and the first Sunday service in many a year.  Full 'provisional' timetable details here... Also refer to the Q&A between the Parish Council and First here...

25.02.14: VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR - NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for Pucklechurch Parish Council.

An election will be held to fill the vacancy if notice of a request for such an election is given to the Returning Officer, South Gloucestershire Council, Council Offices, Castle Street, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1HF by ten Local Government electors for the said electoral area no later than 12 March 2014.

If no request for an election is given, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

See full notice here...


24.02.14: Pucklechurch Parish Council Grant Scheme

Funds are available to be awarded as grants to groups that are based within Pucklechurch.  At this time there are two specific categories, young people groups and other groups.

The deadline for applications is 13th March 2014.

Find out more here...

24.02.14: First will operate a new service which will replace the 689 from April 13th. There is now further information which can be found here...

24.02.14 Superfast Broadband will soon be available in Pucklechurch. BT openreach (who install the fibre cable infrastructure) are currently estimating that it will be available in March (next month).  In order to get connected you need to contact the company that provides your internet. However, they may not be able to take orders until the Abson exchange goes live.

17.02.14: The Social Club at the Village Hall has updated its page with details of the club and calendar of events for 2014 here...

17.02.14: The Church is running an Alpha Course every Tuesday evening until 8th April in the Fleur de Lis Pub, starting at 7.30pm and finishing at about 9pm each time. The course covers many of the important questions in life and about Christianity. More details here...

07.02.14: Avon and Somerset police have updated their website.  Unfortunately information about out local area is not yet available. Details of our local beat team may be found here...

07.02.14: 689 Bus Service. In addition to the information below I have been informed by Martin Gosney who was at the SGC Council meeting on the 3rd that a First employee also stated that the X49:

1. Morning service (which at present continues via Fishponds Road, Stapleton Road, Trinity Road, West Street, The Inner Ring Road and Bond Street) will operate as ALL other journeys, that is via Muller Road and the M32.
 
2. Will terminate and commence from the Bristol Bus Station.

03.02.14:
The Good Neighbours scheme’s page has been updated here…

03.02.14: 689 Bus Service: South Gloucestershire Council have informed the Parish Council that First Bus have registered a service (X49) to operate a commercial service to replace the 689 from week commencing 13th April 2014. The route and times would remain broadly the same as it is now however there would also be additional later journeys in the evening. This is all the information about the new service that has been provided as of the date of writing.

18.01.14: Are you interested in joining the Parish Council? 
Please note that the date or applying for co-option to the the Parish Council in the item below has been extended to the 14th February.

17.12.13: Pucklechurch Parish Council. CO-OPTION OPPORTUNITY.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has occurred in the Office of Councillor for the Parish of Pucklechurch due to the resignation of a Councillor.

The Council are able to fill this vacancy by co-option and would like to invite candidates to apply. Closing date for applications 9th January 2014. More details here...

17.12.13: Revel Photo Competition.
Photos of the winning and commended entries have been published. Click here...