Peter Staples has been an officer of the society since 2005, both as Secretary and Chairman and he is now leaving Bathford for pastures new. We are most grateful for his stalwart service and are pleased that he will continue to maintain the website which we believe is unusually comprehensive for a village of this size. We wish him every success. In his place, Peter Martin has been co-opted as Chairman.
The Committee decided that we would not charge a subscription for 2020/21 but that those currently enrolled would continue as members for this coming year. We would like to start the monthly talks as soon as possible. We are aware that whatever government guidelines* might say it is up to you, the members, to decide when you are ready.
For the record, groups of more than six can meet in a Covid-secure venue, such as the Parish Hall.
We have been in consultation with the Parish Hall Committee and they tell us that the two parts of the Covid-secure hall are capable of hosting 40 people socially-distanced. We cannot provide food or drink. On that basis we would be happy to hold our first talk on either Monday October 26th or Monday November 23rd. We would call a ‘barebones AGM’ (lasts for two minutes of the meeting) to officially elect Peter Martin as Chairman and some other business.
Please advise Peter if you would prefer to come on Oct 26 or wait until Nov 30, or until the new year.
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Bathford Display Boards and Inaugural Parish History Walk
The Parish Council are pleased to have already received very positive feedback from the Parishioners and visitors to the village acknowledging that these boards enhance the street scene and provide an insight into the rich heritage and history of Bathford. For this the Council have had the benefit of the support, and previously published work, of the Bathford Historical Society but it is the Cotswold Conservation Board, and in particular their Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, that have provided the match funding and labour to produce and erect these high quality information and display boards.
The history walk is a highlight featured on the board opposite the shop and it is this short 2.5 mile circular walk up to Browne’s Folly and back which will be led by members of the Council and the Wardens as a community venture starting at 10 am from the shop and finishing at the Village Hall at about 12.30/1pm where lunchtime refreshments will be available. Because of the fluid nature of the government restrictions surrounding Covid 19 further details will be available on this page and posted on the noticeboard at the shop and village hall. However as the current guidance restricts the number in any one gathering to 30 and walking groups of 6 the plan is to take 5 groups at staggered 5 minute intervals to ensure social distancing. There will be an introductory talk and masks and sanitiser will be available for all.
Therefore it would be appreciated if all that wish to join in this event would indicate their interest to the Parish Clerk by e-mail on: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and not later than the end of September.
Watch out for further information and we look forward to seeing and walking with you but please remember to come suitably attired for a walk in the countryside.
The linked documents were submitted to PKF Littlejohn to complete the external Audit for 2019/20
Bathford Village Flower Show 2020 – SATURDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2-4.30pm
In light of ongoing concerns about Covid-19 the Committee have decided to cancel this year’s Show in the Parish Hall in order to protect the local community. However we propose a number of alternative activities in which we hope you will participate and enjoy. These will be dependent on Government regulations regarding social distancing and lockdown at that time.
Our aims are:
• To mark Flower Show time by organising some activities that are relevant to the Flower Show.
• To celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Flower Show in Bathford.
• To record some of the Village activities during lockdown that relate to the Flower Show.
- Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Display: We invite all the Village to put out a display at the front of your house or garden to showcase your home grown produce on Show day. Please display fruit, flowers or vegetables you have grown. You can be as creative as you like about how you present your display or simply put out a box. You might like to mark your display with a flag or flower symbol to help others see it (and a note saying it is for display only).
- Children’s Miniature Gardens: All children are invited to make a miniature garden in a standard seed tray using mostly natural materials and bring it the Folly Playing Field for others to see. There will be a small gift for each child who takes part. Please bring your gardens along from 2.00pm. This activity will be marshalled.
- Flower Show Photographic Project: You are invited to take part in a photography project which will
a) Celebrate the 110 yr history of the Village Show – Search for your old photos of the Show that help to tell the story of the last 110 years.
b) Record 2020 Show related activities and your experience of lockdown – Take a 2020 photo of the following:
Baking and Making during Lockdown – a photo of what you baked or made at home while in lockdown, or during 2020.
Gardening during Lockdown – a photo of your garden or favourite flower/plant in your garden.
Photos can be submitted to the project by taking a digital photo and uploading it to the new Bathford Flower Show website http://www.bathfordflowershow.co.uk (from 1 August 2020) Maximum of 3 lockdown photos per household. Submission of the photo is deemed to give consent for its use in publications.
Digital photos are preferred if possible, but if not (for example if they are old prints), post hard copy photos in a self addressed envelope (so that it can be returned) in the collection point at the Village Shop. Please include your name, date and up to 50words to explain the photo.
Please send in your photos by 31st August 2020.
The Flower Show web site will have a photo gallery.
We also hope to produce a photobook commemorating the 110yrs of the Show. A display copy will be made available and it will be possible to order copies later in the year.
- Tree Planting
We are developing plans for planting a tree in the Village to commemorate 110yrs of the Flower Show¬ paid for from Show funds.
PLEASE WILL ALL CUP WINNERS FROM 2019 RETURN THEIR CUPS TO THE VILLAGE SHOP BY 1st AUGUST. Many thanks.
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Bathford Parish Council
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that following the resignation of Cllr David Le Lohé, a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for Bathford Parish Council.
If, within 14 days* after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than Friday 26 June 2020), 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 Bathford 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 Bathford Parish Council. The ten signatures should be accompanied by printed names, addresses and, if known, electoral numbers.
Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, if an election is called, it will not take place until May 2021.
Dated: Monday 8 June 2020
* 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.
Zoom online meetings will be used for all Parish Council and Committee meetings which may be held during the social distancing measures.
An event will be created which can be found on the calendar on the homepage of this website or you can click here to reach it.
Please select the event you would like to join. It will have (online) next to it to confirm it is a virtual meeting.
There will be a link to click which should take you straight to meeting page. The password will also be shown which you can enter when prompted.
The same procedure will be used for the online chat groups.
Councillor Maureen Millbank has resigned from the Parish Council, we would like to thank her for all her efforts over many years.
Following a councillors resignation, 10 parishioners can request an election be held, as per the terms in the attached file.
The post will otherwise be filled by co-option, if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please contact the Clerk for more details.
Reporting period: CIL Monies received by the Council in. 2018/19
a) CIL Receipts
Total amount of CIL received in financial year (2018/19) £0
b) CIL Expenditure
Total amount of CIL spent in financial year (2018/19) £25,000
c) Items on which CIL has been spent
(i) the items to which CIL has been applied; (ii) the amount of CIL expenditure on each item Playground equipment £25,000
d) Monies requested / recovered from Parish Council (Reg 59E, 59F)
Monies which have been requested, or recovered, from the Parish Council in the financial year (2018/19) Nil
e) CIL retained
i. Total amount of CIL received in the financial year (2018/19) and retained (unspent) at the end of the reported year (2018/19) £0
ii. Total amount of CIL received in previous year(s) and retained (unspent) at the end of the reported year (2018/19) £6,177
Total CIL receipts retained (unspent) £6,177
There is a new Deregulation Act, shortly to come into effect, with which we will lose the right to use unregistered footpaths. That part of the footpath from Meadow Walk through the Amenity / Woodland to Meadow Park is unregistered. Bathford PC has decided that the footpath is sufficiently important for there to be an application for its registration.
To help in registering it please see the information below
Please use 01225 858 220 to contact the Parish Council
It has not been possible to transfer the old number to the new line, we are in the process of updating any documentation where the number is shown.