Information to Wellow Parish residents and friends
Wellow Parish Post
Dear Wellow Parishioners,

Wellow Parish Post w/c 28th November 2016

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  1. Flower Rota at St. Julian's Church
  2. Parlour Shop - Christmas Hampers - Go on spoil someone
  3. Wellow RDA Christmas Nativity
  4. "Pop" In Monday
  5. Wellow RDA Christmas Nativity
  6. Meditation on December 8th at St. Julian's Church
  7. Wellow - Traffic Issues
  8. The Packhorse, Southstoke - Planning Application details
  9. Speeding on Exit from Wellow
  10. Christmas Flowers in St Julian's
  11. Friends of Wellow and Shoscombe Joint Cemetery
  12. Saturday 17 December
  13. Wellbeing Options
  14. Seasonal Music & Carols - 11.00am, 3rd December, St Peter’s Church
  15. December 2016 Wellow Church and Parish News
  16. Outdoor Theatre
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If you miss a Wellow Parish Post or wish to refer back to a past copy then you can access the archive by following this LINK to the Wellow village website.
As an aide memoire for those who have kindly agreed to be on the Flower Rota for St. Julian’s Church we will publish a weekly reminder for the coming week’s named Flower arranger.

Flower arranger for Sunday 4th December – JOYCE MANNINGS
Many thanks,
Torsie Fairbairn

Parlour Shop - Christmas Hampers - Go on spoil someone

The Parlour Shop is delighted to now stock luxury greeting cards by Wellow artist Emma Rose.  There are 10 images to choose from and a perfect festive card, entitled "Christmas Is Coming".  The original piece of artwork for this card is a painting that Emma has donated to Bath Abbey, and will be auctioned on 23rd November to support their Footprint Appeal.  To look at the various designs available come to the shop and look at her website  Emma was voted Best Artist in Bath’s Independent Awards recently

Christmas Is Coming by Emma Rose 


POP” in Monday  for December will be on Monday 5th December @ the F&B
Noon –  2 pm - Lets hear all about your plans for the Festive season over a festive drink
Or even a light snack. Look forward to seeing you there.
All will be made Welcome

Roger Layet from The World Community of Christian Meditation will be speaking about the WCCM  and leading a meditation in the cosy warm vestry. This may be of interest if you are exploring either  Mindfulness or Meditation. The techniques involved are very similar, you’ll be very welcome. Please note that this will take place on the 8th and NOT the 1st.

If you want to know more please contact either Tom Benyon or Jill Tremellen Try out the WCCM website (  


Below is a copy of correspondence with B&NES Council from our District Councillor, Neil Butters pursuing various matters in connection with Traffic issues that effect Wellow: -
Dear Louise
Several points if I may, following a meeting of Wellow PC on Monday night -

1    Wellow Car Park
I was pleased to see that in response to my question at Cabinet it has been agreed that an officer will come out to take a further look at the state of the car park.  Might I suggest that they liaise with Richard Holland, who lives nearby, and who I gather is a qualified civil engineering surveyor?  Richard has some useful ideas.
2    Unsuitable for Heavy Lorries Signs
It seems that a number of heavy lorries have taken to using the roads between Odd Down/Hinton Charterhouse/Peasedown and Wellow, as through routes.  Local residents are concerned because of damage to trees by high vehicles, and because of danger to small children around the primary school (evidently the police had to be called recently due to traffic congestion there), and children and disabled adults around the Trekking Centre.  Could we please consider the use of the blue and white warning signs in the area, like the ones installed some time ago elsewhere in my ward at Freshford, etc?

3    'Smiley/Sad Face' Speed Sign
There are ongoing worries in Wellow about speeding through the village.  It seems that people are inclined to speed up - well beyond the official 20 mph limit - in particular near the shop (dangerous again because of children), in anticipation of the national speed limit length ahead.  What might be the chances of getting a speed deterrent sign - on a long or short term basis?

4    Possible s106 Monies
Might there be a chance of obtaining s106 monies for traffic calming etc measure in Wellow as a result of the forthcoming housing developments at Peasedown and Sulis Down?

Kind regards

 Neil Butters
Lib Dem, Bathavon South

Past Chairman (2013/14)
Bath & North East Somerset Council

Shadow Cabinet Member for Transport
Member of Communities, Transport and Environment Scrutiny Panel
Reserve Member of Development Management Control & Licensing Committees

Member, Avon Fire Authority
Member, Local Government Group Rural Services Network

01225 832256
07762 245105

Dear Packhorse supporter

Our applications for planning permission and listed building consent for the refurbishment of the Packhorse have been submitted and are now available for inspection. Supportive comments will help our cause so please take a moment to express your support on B&NES' web site, particularly on the planning application!

The applications are necessarily verbose but here's what they aim to achieve:

  • outside: six new car parking spaces
  • basement: kitchen and extension with dumb waiter to all floors
  • ground floor: character of bars preserved
  • first floor: dining and sitting rooms - public for the first time
  • top floor: one bedroom flat for a manager
  • indoor WCs!

There are currently 44 drawings and documents in each application but the two are largely identical. So, if you're short of time, we suggest you review the following to get a sense of the plans:

B&NES will ignore identical comments (no copy & pasting, please!) but you might consider expanding on one or more of the following:

  • Rescue of a neglected listed building
  • Uniquely facilitates social connections across all ages and walks of life
  • Project involves the whole community
  • Improved Asset of Community Value
  • Renovation will reveal the history of an ancient building
  • Relocation of kitchen creates a more viable pub
  • Extra parking will help older customers.

Please express your support via B&NES' official comment form online before the formal consultation period ends on 15 December. Or, to give detailed feedback to the committee, just reply to this email.

With thanks,
Save the Packhorse Committee
on behalf of The Pack Horse South Stoke Limited

The Pack Horse South Stoke Limited is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014
Registered in England and Wales: number 32235R
Registered office: Orchard House, Old Midford Road, Bath BA2 7DQ


Dear All
I had almost forgotten that I had written in earlier about the possibility of the sign...
This looks like good news!
Any comments, however - apart from the fact that you already have CSW?
Maybe you would like to think about having a sign on a permanent basis, possibly funded by s106 money, if we can get it?
By the way, in view of the widespread interest in these highways issues, I suggested to Richard that he puts my recent message to Louise Fradd on to the website - together with replies - so that everyone can follow developments as they happen.  I trust this is OK?
Kind regards

From: Neil_Butters@BATHNES.GOV.UK
To: Stefan_Chiffers@BATHNES.GOV.UK
CC: Louise_Fradd@BATHNES.GOV.UK, Martin_Shields@BATHNES.GOV.UK, Maria_Pinches@BATHNES.GOV.UK, Sadie_Cox-Alcuaz@Bathnes.Gov.UK,
Sent: 24-Nov-16 1:08:35 P.M. GMT Standard Time
Subj: Re: Speeding on Exit from Wellow


Many thanks.  I am sure that would be much appreciated!

Kind regards


On 23 Nov 2016, at 20:39, Stefan Chiffers <Stefan_Chiffers@BATHNES.GOV.UK> wrote:


I appreciate the concerns of the local residents and the difficulties they experience when accessing the local shop. What we can offer Wellow is a flashing speed sign on a temporary basis that also records the speed of vehicles. Following its stay in Wellow and with the data collected I'm happy to discuss the results with the local beat manager, should there be a large contravention of the existing 20mph speed limit and I would like to think that if necessary some enforcement could take place. Alternative, if the community think that there is an issue and feel strongly they should discuss with their beat manager the deployment of community speed watch which has been very successful in many wards and parishes in Bath & North East Somerset.

 -----Original Message-----
From: Neil Butters []
Sent: 18 November 2016 11:35
To: Louise Fradd; Anthony Clarke (Cllr)
Subject: Speeding on Exit from Wellow

Dear Louise/Tony

People in Wellow are becoming increasingly agitated by ever-growing traffic and also speeding through the village - despite the newish 20 mph limit.

With more and more development it is hard to see what might be done re the former.  However, without drastic physical measures - which they don't want - the most obvious step would seem to be provision of a 'smiley face' sign.  This would need to be sited somewhere in the area of the shop as evidently people tend to put their foot down as they spy the derestricted section ahead.  This is especially dangerous as often of course there are children around the shop.

Wellow PC meet next on Monday evening and I would be very grateful for a quick answer from someone re whether - if they agree - this could be provided and if so at what notice and for how long.

Kind regards


Christmas Flowers in St Julian's
The Carol service is on Sunday December 18th and the school Nativity Play is on Friday December 17th  at 1:30 pm. The Christmas Tree will be in place and decorated in time for both these events . If anyone would like to help decorate the church with flowers either the week before the 18th or the week after, leading up to Christmas, could you PLEASE contact me .... 

Thank you ,
Torsie Fairbairn  
Tel:- 01373 830444

Victoria Fairbairn.

Friends of Wellow and Shoscombe Joint Cemetery

On Sunday 27th November around 600 bulbs were planted at our cemetery by these volunteers. A big ‘thank you’ to them for giving up their Sunday morning.

This is the second year we have undertaken bulb planting, last years efforts resulted in a splendid show of spring flowers and this coming spring should be even better. In addition we were also given a tray full of fuchsia plants, which were planted in the boarder adjacent to the road.

The Burial Board would wish to thank Wellow Horticultural Society for their recent very generous donation, in addition, two further private donations have also been received. We are now able to allocate £250 for future planting at our Cemetery. This is most appreciated, thank you.

Derek Withers, Clerk

Saturday 17 December

Dear Packhorse supporter

Our next event at the Packhorse will be at 12-4pm on Saturday 17th December. Come meet the team to find out the latest news, and take a peek inside the pub.

There will be food and drink available, and a mini Christmas fair selling chutney, jams, cakes and biscuits, Christmas cards of the Packhorse, and raffle tickets to win a hamper and other prizes...

...and we hope that Father Christmas will put in an appearance! We hope to see you there too.

With thanks,
Save the Packhorse Committee


We would like to introduce you to our new website, Wellbeing Options; created to support adults in Bath and North East Somerset to live full and independent lives.
Wellbeing Options is a free resource providing a wealth of information about local commissioned and specialist services such as clubs, activities, support and care services. The calendar provides details of ‘What’s On’ and a ‘Resources’ area is coming soon; this will contain useful information, links and Frequently Asked Questions.
If you would like copies of the postcards (please see attached) for your constituents, we would be happy to send you some.
If you would like more information about Wellbeing Options, or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact us.
Kind regards
Gemma Vittozzi
Information Officer
People and Communities Communications Team
Bath and North East Somerset Council
Telephone: 01225 395345

Email: P&

We would like to introduce you to our new website, Wellbeing Options; created to support adults in Bath and North East Somerset to live full and independent lives.

Seasonal Music & Carols - 11.00am, 3rd December, St Peter’s Church

The Freshford Singers
with Bernard Wight Conductor

Mediaeval, traditional and exciting new works

Saturday 3rd December 2016
11.00 am St Peter’s Church, Freshford BA2 7WF

Free admission
Retiring collection to support St Peter's Church

More information via 01373 471106

Outdoor Theatre
We know it's a long way ahead but the outdoor theatre event this year was such a success that you might wish to save the evening of Thursday 6th July in your diary.  With the support of Wellow Recreation, we have arranged for the Miracle Theatre Company to perform 'The Third Policeman' at Wellow playing field.  More details will follow in the New Year.

Best wishes

Ron & Sheilagh Humphreys
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