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Diary Of Events – 2008 Sat 1st Nov

BEFA Quiz Night. Bathford Parish Hall.

Thu 6 Nov

Coffee Morning in aid of Hope and Homes for Children in the Parish Hall from 10.30am to 12 noon.

Sat 8 Nov

Bathford RBL Annual Poppy Dance.

Sun 9 Nov

Remembrance Day Parade.

Mon 10th Nov

Bathford Twinning Association AGM. 8.00pm at the Kingsdown Golf Club. Bar from 7.30pm - all welcome.

Thu 13h Nov

Coffee Morning in aid of Hope and Homes for Children in the Parish Hall from 10.30am to 12 noon.

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Transition Bathford : End of Suburbia. 7.30pm for 7.45pm at the Royal British Legion. There will be free entry although donations are kindly welcomed. Sat 15th Nov

Pepperpot Pre-school Coffee Morning. Between 10.30am and 11.30am at Pepperpot.

Thu 20th Nov

Coffee Morning in aid of Hope and Homes for Children in the Parish Hall from 10.30am to 12 noon. Bathford Link AGM. 7.30pm in the Community Room, Mountain Wood. Refreshments after the meeting.

Mon 24th Nov

Bathford Society Annual General Meeting followed by the Society's Christmas party. 8:00pm in the Parish Hall.

Thu 27th Nov

Coffee Morning in aid of Hope and Homes for Children in the Parish Hall from 10.30am to 12 noon.

Fri 28th Nov

F.O.B.S Christmas Fair. 5.00pm to 7.00pm in the School.

Sat 6th Dec

Ceilidh with Pack Horse Band. 7.30pm Bathford Parish Hall in aid of Pepperpot. Tickets £10 from Pepperpot. Parish Hall Christmas Fair:10.00am to 12.00 noon

Sun 7 Dec

Twinning Pot Luck Supper. 7.00pm at the Parish Hall

Sat 13 Dec

"A Village Christmas" in the Parish Hall - more details in next month's issue.

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'A Celebration of Christmas' in words and music with local choir, Cappella Nova, 7.30pm St Swithun's Church. Tickets £8 from the Village Shop or on the door.

Farewell to Bladud's Pigs. Victoria Park. 19th Oct 2008, Ian Plain

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St. Swithun’s Church Bathford The Reverend Tim Ling. 858325. The Vicarage, 27 Church Street, Bathford ling.tim@tiscali.co.uk | www.stswithunsbathford.co.uk Churchwardens: Derek Brown Fenella Avison 851154 Licensed Lay Ministers: Gerry Miller 858402 Michael Craine 858613 Gill Gilbert 858927 Dennis Pearson 858293 Everyone Is Warmly Welcome! We have the following groups for children during our Sunday Services: Crèche (0-3); Children’s Church (3-10); Rock Solid Youth Group (11+). Our 14+ youth group, 's3', meets three times each month. For details please ring Michael Craine or Tim.' Sundays 8:15am Holy Communion 10:00am First Sunday - Family Sunday 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday - Holy Communion 3rd Sunday - Morning Worship (No Communion) 6:30pm First Sunday - Holy Communion Other Sundays Evensong Mondays 9:00-9:45am Prayer Time In Church 2:00pm 2nd Monday – Service In The Community Room Wednesdays 2:30pm Holy Communion each 1st Weds after Church Family Service House Groups Details from the Vicar, Churchwarden or Notices. From The Parish Register: Wedding Funeral

Noel Robinson and Helen Brown 11th October, 2008 Peter Cross 29th September, 2008

Bathford Baptist Chapel, High Street, Bathford Services will be held at 6.30pm each Sunday. If you require information or help then please call

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PARISH HALL CHRISTMAS FAIR

Saturday 6th DECEMBER10 to 12 Noon (doors open at 8am for setting up tables) Tables £5 – Ann Howath 858911 Prizes for Raffle – Shirley Beazer 859982 (no other raffles please) Friends of Bathford School F.O.B.S Christmas fair This will be held on Friday 28th November 5.00 to 7.00pm in the School, attractions will include Santa's Grotto, crafts, games etc. Mulled wine, mince pies and other refreshments will also be served, all welcome. FOBS is currently looking into getting a glazed notice board (for external use) and was wondering if anyone in the village has the necessary skills to make one. If any one would be able to help with this please could the contact either Helen Walker on 852436 or Helen Bennett on 858778 to discuss further. The FOBS team. Apple Pressing and Harvest Share The apple pressing was a really lively event and was very successful. Broadlands Orchardshare brought the apple press which was in service constantly for three hours, whilst we pressed Bathfords very own (and delicious) apple juice, even our local policeman, Greg helped! The apple pies sold out, Brian brought music, Penny's apple cake was scrumptious and it was so nice to see the children playing at the back of Tyndale, a great transformation of the area. So great thanks to everyone, especially Tim, Gill, Jan and Sumeia of the orchard, who expended great amounts of energy manning the press for the morning. The pressing also brought new people into the shop - how impressed they were! We have lots of offers of apples from the Harvest Share project, is there anyone out there who would like to pick some free apples? Please don't feel shy about offering, most of these apples would just wouldn't be picked without a bit of help and the owners of the trees really want them used. So, if you would like a good supply of apples throughout the winter, Bramleys, quince, dessert apples and others have been offered in Bathford, Woolley

and Batheaston. They just need to be kept in a cool draw, wrapped up, turned into juice or simply frozen. Just call me, Emma Jackson, on 858388 to find out where they are. Badminton Players. If you are interested in playing noncompetitive badminton, we have vacancies in a club that plays on Wednesday evenings, in a gym at Colerne. Contact : Dennis Pearson, tel 858293. Bathford Society The Society would like to hear from anyone interested in joining the Committee. Elections are held at the AGM and nominations should be made to the Chairman, Fae Hall, preferably two weeks prior to the meeting. Fae's phone number is 858882. Bathford Society Talk The evening for Monday 24th November is given over to the Annual General Meeting. As usual it will be followed by the Society's Christmas party. It will take place in the Parish Hall, Church Street, Bathford, at 8:00pm. Coffee is available from 7.30pm, and visitors and new members are welcome. Note that there is no talk in December. Hope and Homes for Children Auction of Promises Saturday 15th November in Bathford Parish Hall Viewing 7.00p.m Auction 7.30p.m. Tickets (£3) to include wine & canapes Contact Keith & Julia Masdin (858042) Any items for offer will be gratefully received. --Items at the moment include restaurant meals, wine tasting, holidays in France, Dyson cleaner, Batheaston chair, a man for a day, cakes for 6 months, home cinema system, a loaf a month and many other mouthwatering items!

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A Big Thankyou From BEFA Bathford Village Shop would like to say, 'thank you' to the community for its ongoing support since the closure of the PostOffice. Did you know.? • there are volunteers working in the shop seven days per week. • some volunteers get up at 5.30am to sort and deliver our papers • many others are busy at work doing the 'invisible' jobs such as housekeeping, accounts and maintenance And thank you to our customers, we couldn't do it without you! If you haven't been in lately, why not pop in and try • an expanded Fairtrade range - we will even grind your coffee on the spot! • new breads from Hobbs House • more choice of cleaning products • plus all the basics for everyday living The most sincere and grateful thanks of the BEFA committee goes to Maureen Breeze, who has stepped down as Chair after almost three years in the post. Maureen's vision, energy and enthusiasm has been a key factor in the launch and ongoing success of BEFA. We are pleased that Maureen is staying very involved. Simon Hodgson has taken over the role of Chair. Louise Daniels

will be free entry although donations are kindly welcomed. The film generated many ideas, one of which is that we need to set up a website - is there anyone who would like to set it up and someone that might like to run it? We intend to screen the next film in early December. Power in the Community is an uplifting account of how the people of Cuba dealt with a 50 percent cut of oil imports and 80 percent cut in imported food at the time of the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time which they call "The Special Period". The date and time of the showing will be announced in the next Bulletin. Once again thank you for all your kind words, it confirmed that we are on the right path and that we live in a community that cares about the bigger picture. We are very interested in continuing to hear peoples' ideas for good projects within the village, keep talking to us about them and get in touch if there are any specific projects would like to be involved in. Many thanks, Nick Brown, Jenny Hall, Emma Jackson and Kay Mann. Contact us at: transitionbathford@hotmail.com To find out more on Transition Town Initiatives please visit: www.transitiontowns.org

Transition Bathford:End of Suburbia The Transition Bathford start up group would like to say a big thank you for all those attended on 11th October - especially those that gave donations to cover the cost of arranging the event. The Parish Room was filled with attendees and it was well received. The film instigated a good debate between groups and got people thinking about the issues. We really enjoyed meeting people and talking to people from all walks of life. The event marked the start of raising awareness in the community on the challenges of declining fossil fuel reserves and climate change. Many people have come to us to say that they were unable to attend the first screening so the film will also be screened at 7.30pm for 7.45pm on Thursday 13th November at the Royal British Legion. There

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At St Swithun’s We Believe God is Passionate About People. But what does this actually mean in the middle of a credit crunch and economic turbulence such as we have not known before? An illustration might help. When I was a French teacher we used a text book which took pupils on a (sadly fictitious) skiing holiday. They learned how to do such things as buy an aeroplane ticket, book into a hotel, hire skis and boots, buy a lift pass and admire the scenery. You might be forgiven for questioning the value of teaching children to able to say, ‘I would like a seven day pass for the chair lift, please.’ Were we really educating children to be fluent in French, just so long as they were on a skiing holiday? No, of course not. The idea was that the ‘skiing holiday’ would interest the young people and catch their imagination; then the principles of how the language worked were introduced using this specific example. The principles themselves could be adapted for use in almost any other situation. In other words, the ‘skiing holiday’ was a paradigm - a model of how the language worked in one particular situation. The story recorded in the Bible of God’s dealings with Israel is just like that ‘skiing holiday’. It is a paradigm - a model that introduces the basic principles of how life works; how people are to live in this world in relationship with their Creator. These basic principles are then applicable in whatever cultural circumstances a people happens to be living, including the age of global markets and international banking systems in which we live. The Bible contains principles for such things as the lending of money, the nature of trade, the relationship between consumer and producer, the use of natural resources, all of which are applicable to the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

The problem is that policy makers have long since stopped paying any attention to the Bible. If Christianity has any place in the modern world it is only in the realm of personal piety. That God might have something to say to us about the ‘market’, about global banking systems, no longer even occurs to us. To say that God is passionate about people is, among many other things, to say that God has spoken to us to teach us how societies function best - from local communities to international trade relations. Of course, if we think everything is going swimmingly, then there’s really no need to start listening to what he has to say, is there? ---There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the lives of those who have died at 6.30pm on Sunday, 2nd November. This is a quiet service of reflection and an opportunity to come and remember and give thanks for a loved one. The Village Service for Remembrance Day is at 10am on Sunday, 9 th November. Gathering by what happened last year, you will need to come early if you would like a seat!

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Bathford Babies and Toddlers Toddlers runs in the Parish Hall every Wednesday from 10.00am to 11.45am during term time. Please bring your little ones' drink and healthy snacks are provided. £1 per adult and 30p per child. Look forward to a hot cuppa and a chat whilst the children play nicely! We have a mum's Christmas night out planned for Wednesday 3rd Dec and a dad's Christmas night on Thurs 4th , details are on the notice board. Charlotte Crowfoot 852548 Tea and Toast with the Tiny Tots The first Monday of each month, from 10:00am tol 11.30am at St Swithun's Church. There will be time for playing, craft, singing, a story and a selection of yummy snacks, all free of charge. This month we will have a Visit from the health visitor to answer everyones questions, just bring a pre-school child with you! Rachel 742833 Twinning News Annual General Meeting In acknowledgement of the importance of and support to the Association of our Kingsdown members, it has been decided that this year we will hold the AGM in Kingsdown. It will therefore take place at 8.00pm on Monday 10 November, 2008 at the Kingsdown Golf Club. The bar will be open to our members from 7.30pm & again after the meeting. All interested residents of Bathford & Kingsdown are welcome to come along. We particularly welcome any one who has not taken part before. There is ample parking but anyone needing a lift should contact, the Secretary, Peter Rideal, on 858322. We will review both the events of the year and future plans. Elections for the officers and committee for the coming year will also take place. Please pass any nominations (with a seconder) to Peter Rideal as above. This is a particularly pleasant venue and we hope you will be able to join us there. French Visit -“Les Saveurs D’un Noël Anglais”. A small group of about 9 people from Artannes will be visiting Bathford from 4th to the 8th December, to take part in a Cookery Workshop entitled “The Taste of an English Christmas”. This will feature demonstrations of the cookery involved in producing a traditional English Christmas dinner and

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other seasonal items. It will also include the decoration of the house and table in typical style. An opportunity to meet the French visitors will be available at the concluding supper, details of which are below. Twinning Pot Luck Supper. This will form the Association’s autumn/winter social event and will come at the conclusion of the Cookery Workshop and will therefore include our French visitors. It will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday 7th December at 7.00pm. It is open to all Association members and any other interested people & families who would like to take part. Admission will be by FREE TICKET but all participants will be asked to make a food contribution towards the supper. Wine & soft drinks will be available. Entertainment will be provided by Nick Breeze who will be playing Christmas carols & songs. To obtain your free ticket please contact Julia Masdin on 858042, telling her what sort of food contribution you can bring. Bathampton Meadows Under Threat Bath & North East Somerset Council (BANES) propose building a Park and Ride facility on Bathampton Meadows, adjacent to Mill Lane, around 100 yds from Bathampton Church and The George Public House. Bathampton Meadows characterise the Bath Valley and contribute to the identity of Batheaston, Bathampton and the eastern fringes of Bath by preventing the area from becoming one continuous urban sprawl. Loss of this important green space would be sad for any reason. However, it would be unforgivable if this space was lost as a result of the mistaken belief that a car park on the Meadows will solve Bath's congestion problems. It won't... But it will transform the ancient Meadows. Forever Some Reasons Why To Oppose The Destruction Of Bathampton Meadows • For every car using the Park and Ride facility, another car takes its place on the road. Transport Planners call it ‘suppressed demand’. The only reason there aren’t more cars on the roads in Bath is that the heavily used routes are running at full capacity. If you create some additional capacity, it is immediately filled by the surplus traffic that currently uses longer or

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for the plots from 5 to 8, giving three more Highly Commended prizes of £5 each. Philip Harris once again agreed to judge, and this year he was joined by Council member, Wendy Chambers. They made several visits between June and September, and on their last visit on Thursday 4th September, again in the rain, I was asked to join them just in case they needed a casting vote! Happily, my vote was not required as they were unanimous in their choices. Very many thanks to the `Parish Council and to Philip and Wendy. Jean Law organised a splendid raffle, which raised £147. This is vitally important in helping our hard-working Treasurer, Jenny Lillington to balance the books! Thank you to Alison Watts, Steve Marriott, Philip and Bec Smart at the George and Dragon, Bathford Nurseries, Prior Park Garden Centre, Morrisons, and all the Committee members who very generously donated such wonderful prizes. Thank you to Jean, as Vice President, for graciously presenting the cups to prizewinners. Finally, my thanks go to each and every Committee member for all their hard work throughout the year and for making the Show such a pleasurable occasion. Rosemary Drewett - Chairman Bathford RBL Remembrance Day On Saturday 8 November we will have our annual Poppy Dance. This is a chance to come along and commemorate those who have lost their lives in service to their country in conflicts old and new. There will be music from Keyboard player "Trevor Howard" and food will be provided. Entry is £3.00 - including food. Remembrance Day Parade On Sunday 9 November we will be parading the village standard through the village to St Swithun's Church for the service of remembrance at 10:00am. We hope to invite again local Scouts and Guides to join the parade. If you are fit and able please join us when we form up in the Legion car park at 9:15am.

otherwise join us along the route.

If you have ex-service medals please wear them on the left side of your jacket, if you have family medals then please wear them

on the right. After the service all are welcome back to the Legion for soup and rolls and a chance to have a chat. Chris Skelton, Branch Chairman Future Of The Club Those of you who read last months bulletin will realise that very soon we may not have a Legion club in Bathford. Due to rising costs and our dire financial situation we are not sure what the future holds for us. We need your help! We need to find out why people are not using the Legion. What can we do to make the place more appealing to you? Why don't people use the Legion? If you have any comments or ideas we would like to hear from you either phone the club and leave a message on 858072 or email info@bathfordrbl.co.uk. We will also put polls on our website for you to take part in bathfordrbl.co.uk. Without you we have no future and another important village facility will be lost for ever! Bathford RBL, Club Committee Pepperpot Pre-school opens its doors ... parents welcome! We would like to invite all new and prospective parents to a coffee morning on Saturday 15th November between 10.30am and 11.30am so that you can experience Pepperpot with your child; meet the staff and spend time playing and talking to other parents and children who have enjoyed our fabulous pre-school themselves and want to spread the word. Activities will be provided and a mid morning snack will be available for your children. For more details contact Sue Costello 852555 or Amy Tapscott 852889 or visit our website www.pepperpot.org.co.uk Pepperpot Pre-school Christmas Ceilidh Saturday 6th December Take your partner by the hand and join us for a fun night of dancing and do-si-do-ing to a live Ceilidh band in the Bathford Parish Hall. Whilst catching your breath there is a cold buffet and a bar selling beer, lager, wines and soft drinks. Tickets £10 each available to purchase from Pepperpot Preschool from Mon 10th November. Doors open at 7.45pm so come and try out a Ceilidh experience! Charlotte Crowfoot (852548) Amy Tapscott (852889) Pepperpot (852555)

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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 852486, 859007 clerk@bathford.net www.bathford.net Closure of layby on A46 - the layby at Charmy Down is to be closed by means of an Order made by the Secretary of State. A statement explaining why thelayby is to be closed, a draft copy of the Order and the map of the site are available for inspection by the public in the Parish Council's office until Thursday 14 November 2008. Please contact the Clerk if you wish to see the documents. B&NES Review of School Transport for 1116 year olds - the review will look at improving the current transport services for secondary school children including cost and availability and B&NES are interested in the views and experiences of parishioners with regard to this matter. If you would like to comment, then please contact the Clerk for more details or go the Bulletin website where information from B&NES will be published. B&NES are planning to hold a public consultation on this issue in December (date to be confirmed). Stop unwanted mail and phone calls - did you know that you can stop unwanted direct mail being sent to you and stop receiving unsolicited sales and marketing phone calls by registering for the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) and the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). If you register with MPS, Direct Marking companies are obliged to take you off their mailing lists. You may still receive mail from companies or charities that you have dealings with. You can register a UK residential address by going to www.tpsonline.org.uk, call 0845 703 4599 or write to Mailing Preference Service, DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SS, call 0845 070 0707 or write to the Telephone Preference Service at the same address as above. It may take a few weeks but you should then see a reduction in unwanted mail and phone calls. Date of next meeting - Monday 17th November 2008 at 7.30pm in the parish office. The Parish Council has written to Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for the Environment, about her plans for major house building in and

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around Bath, and about the huge increase in jobs she has forecast for the next twenty years. The PC agrees that we need more housing, but says that the proposed increases are simply not plausible. It points out that Bath is already congested, not surprising since that half of the people who work in Bath are commuters. The proposed increases, despite the current transport plans, will bring Bath to near gridlock, making Bath less attractive as a tourist destination and destroy employment in that industry. The PC asks Government to review and reduce their proposed building programme and in particular to scrap the proposed Bath Urban extension and the destruction of the green belt that this will entail. Ruth Holding, Clerk,Bathford Parish Council Bathford Flower Show 2008 Report from the Chairman. This year's show was another great success, and well over 200 people spent a most enjoyable afternoon viewing the splendid exhibits. 87 adults produced 558 entries, and 26 children made 123 entries in their section. There was a total of 681 entries, 52 more than in 2007, which is extremely encouraging. Cookery, Homecraft and Photography entries were up this year, and despite the terrible weather this season, especially on the Friday prior to the show, when most gardeners are busy gathering their exhibits, we still had 186 entries in the Flower, Fruit and Vegetable sections and a further 22 entries in the Novelty classes. Although the number of children entering was down, the 26 children who did participate were extremely enthusiastic and some of them entered every class! Well done - the exhibits were fantastic. The painting competition for pupils of Bathford School was again organised and sponsored by one of our Committee members, Penny Grist. We all enjoyed looking at the colourful and creative paintings on view at the show. Thank you to Penny for her generosity and the work involved in organising this competition. Bathford Parish Council sponsored The Best Kept Allotment Competition, and very generously increased the number of prizes

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more time consuming routes. • The London Road currently runs at full capacity. Traffic levels have not increased for around twenty years. This is because the route is saturated with traffic. The negligible capacity created by building a Park and Ride will be immediately consumed. • Cars currently pay (Mill Lane Toll Bridge) to avoid the London Road into Bath. If a Park and Ride does reduce congestion, the Mill Lane toll traffic is an excellent example of the traffic that will take its place. • A massive proportion of traffic in Bath doesn’t stop; it’s passing through the city to get to somewhere else. Obviously through-traffic will not use a Park and Ride. So Bath will still be congested. Just like it is today with the existing Park and Ride facilities in place. • A Park and Ride will not reduce the number of cars running to nurseries, schools and colleges. Parents take their kids to school either on the way to work or as a specific trip. School runs account for a considerable proportion of rush-hour congestion (you see the difference when schools are on holiday; suddenly getting to work is easy). It will not stop lorries either. • The proposed Mill Lane site is adjacent to the Bathampton Meadows Nature Reserve. This reserve was created with the express intention of providing a haven for birds and other wildlife and creating an area of flood storage to mitigate construction of the by-pass. The site is environmentally sensitive; viewing areas are around the perimeter to avoid disturbing this important habitat. A 1,300 space car park is not a suitable neighbour. Object to Plans BANES councillors have suggested that the proposed Bathampton Meadows/Mill Lane scheme has not been subject to significant opposition from residents living in the vicinity of the site. This is not the case; the scheme is strongly opposed by residents and the Parish Council. Help us to make our position clear to BANES by writing to the councillors and the Transport Department. Join our campaign and help us

fight – you can contact us through the website below. Public Consultation BANES are holding public exhibitions & consultations on November 6th, 7th and 8th at The Guildhall They are going to use this event to gauge public opinion on the scheme. If you think this scheme is wrong it is vital to attend on one of these days and make your view known. BANES are keeping these exhibitions quiet – they are not even mentioned on their website and the planning department is hoping that few will attend so that they can say to the Council that there is little opposition. For further information about the Park & Ride East proposal and to sign our on-line petition, visit www.savebathamptonmeadows.org.uk. Bathford Link - Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of Bathford Link will take place on Thursday 20th November at 7.30pm in the Community Room, Mountain Wood. The meeting will receive and approve the audited annual accounts and will elect officers and committee for 2008/09. All posts are open for election and any nominations can be made in advance to the Secretary as below. Nominations can also be made on the night. All are welcome to attend and refreshments will follow the closure of the meeting. Anyone needing the services of Link is invited to contact the Duty Co-ordinator on 07870 666 582 for details and to book transport. If, on the other hand, you are able to offer to help Link in its work, please contact the undersigned. Coffee mornings are held in the Community Room every Tuesday from 10.30 to 11.30 am. This popular venue is run by our Vice Chairman, Marion Wilkinson. Why not call in for coffee & a chat? Tony Woodcock (859132) Box Women's Institute. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday November 11th at 2.30pm at the Selwyn Hall, Box when Mrs. G. P. Rawcliffe will give a talk on a 'Collecting and Restoring Old Dolls'. All visitors and new members are welcome.

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Bathford Parish Council wants your views on the proposed PARK & RIDE EAST OF BATH We need your response by Sat 8 November at the latest I think the proposal is beneficial and should be supported I think the proposal might help and I reluctantly support it I am not concerned either way I am not in favour of the proposal I am strongly opposed to the proposal Please add, if you wish, any comments in support of your opinion.

• B&NES have got preliminary approval from the Department for Transport for a

package of transport developments which will cost over £50million. • One element of the package is the construction of a new Park & Ride site to the

east of Bath, intended to relieve congestion on the London Road and city centre. • After reviewing various options, B&NES has decided that land east of Mill Lane,

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Bathampton is their preferred site. The site would be in the south-western corner of the Meadows and would hold over 1200 cars. Access would be from the by-pass via a traffic-light controlled junction. There would be no access from Mill Lane. The site would be served every 10 minutes by buses to and from the city centre. There would be hard standing for the cars, a pavilion for staff, toilets, etc. The site would be lit by lights on low-level stanchions. Operating hours have not been decided finally but are likely to be similar to the other P&R sites – perhaps 6.30am to 8.30pm. B&NES are intending to submit a planning application for this site by the end of the year. Please return this form to The Parish Council Office or Village Shop.


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