Village Action Noticeboard

Woodlands Farm Housing Development

posted 9 Jul 2018, 03:15 by Phil Handy   [ updated 9 Jul 2018, 03:21 ]

Preliminary arrangements  for  Appeal, Land East of Park Lane (Woodlands Farm), planning application, PT17/0215/O.  The venue is:

Cleve Rugby Club, The Hayfields, Cossham Street
Mangotsfield, South Gloucestershire, BS16 9EN. 

The appeal begins at 10.00 am on Wed 11 July 2018

"Members of VALID (Villagers Against Local Intended Development) will be going along on that first Wed morning, hoping to book time slots for three people to speak on the following day, Thursday 12 July. Hopefully in the morning of Thursday 12th July a member will speak on behalf of VALID , sometime from 12.30 onwards Juliet King- Smith, Dick King-Smith’s daughter, will speak. In addition the Chair of Village Action will also speak at some time that Thursday . These three speakers would really appreciate some support and encouraging smiles on that day of Thursday 12 July please. A group of us being there would really emphasise to the Inspector how strong the feeling is amongst we local residents that it would be so sad if these last remaining lovely fields were destroyed too."

Members will post information on the afternoon or evening of Wednesday 11 July to confirm whether it has been possible to book some time slots for the Thursday 12 July or not.

Frampton Festival 2018

posted 1 Jul 2018, 04:04 by Phil Handy   [ updated 1 Jul 2018, 04:06 ]

This year’s Frampton Festival promises, once again, to be a fun-filled family day out with preparations almost complete for this popular local community event, now in its sixth year. Last year’s festival was once again well attended as local residents enjoyed the numerous attractions and live music in Centenary Field, and we hope to repeat this success in 2018.

The Festival committee have been working hard since November to ensure that popular attractions from previous festivals have been booked as well as securing some new crowd-pleasers. The ever-popular Professor Panic’s Circus returns, along with Rogers’ fairground rides, Frampton Cotterell Air Training Corp’s flight simulator, face painting, coconut shy, and steam engine rides.

The festival opens with the Winterbourne Woodwind Band, with a variety of events taking place throughout the day including; line dancing with Laughter in Line, and Winterbourne & Brimsham Vet’s fun dog show for canines of all shapes and sizes – the Best In Show final being held in front of the main stage.

Live musical entertainment during the latter part of the day will be provided by Jodie Mellor, Trip for Biscuits, Underground Frets, and Jazz Band, the winners of the recent Winterbourne Academy talent show competition. Headlining the festival this year will be Bristol band The 19Sixties.

Once again there will be a selection of stalls at the festival – a combination of local organizations and local businesses, who have once again supported the festival and many will be in attendance on the day. Stalls include; Frampton Cotterell WI, Pint Size People, Avon Wildlife Trust, Frampton Cotterell Community Association, Pocket Money Toys, Slimming World, Studio Wise Photography, Parody Portraits, Happy Handbags and Little Frampton Bakery.
Refreshments will be available on the day, with “Brambles Bar” providing an on-site bar selling a range of beers, ciders, wine, and lager.

Discussions with Frampton Cotterell Parish Council regarding the continuation of the festival in July and in Centenary Field continue as they have concerns about the decrease in biodiversity in Centenary Field, and their proposal is not to cut the meadow grass in July prior to the festival, which would have an impact on the area that the festival could utilize. However, the venue and date IS secured for this year and 2019. We are hopeful that the festival will remain in its current location and on its established date.

The committee would welcome a few additional helpers on the day to ensure that the festival runs smoothly and safely. If anyone feels that they could spare an hour (or two) on the Saturday of the festival, please contact the festival committee at

The free festival takes place on Saturday 14th July in Centenary Field, Mill Lane, Frampton Cotterell, commencing at 2.00pm and finishing at 10.00 with the lighting of the parish beacon followed by a spectacular firework display, sponsored by ETS Mechanical & Electrical. 

Well behaved dogs are welcome at the festival, but owner’s need to be aware that the firework display is rather noisy for our four-legged friends. Unfortunately BBQs are not permitted at the festival.

The Frampton Festival celebrations continue on Sunday morning in Centenary Field as the Churches of this area always join together after the festival to give thanks for a time of great community celebrations. This is a service to which all are very warmly welcome. Stephen Newell, Minister of Zion, “We kick off with some music and reflections at 10.30am and should be done before noon. Please come and join us. The service is always very informal and is a good way to meet and share with friends and families from our area. In the event of rain…we retreat into St. Peter’s church!”

An exciting new feature this year will be the livestreaming of festival by Frampton Cotterell Projects, a new community organisation set up with the aim of bringing new creative activities to the village.

Booklets giving full details of the day’s attractions and events have been kindly distributed by Village Action to all homes in Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath, and information and photographs about the festival can be found on the Festival’s Facebook page 

Frampton Community Projects

posted 27 Jun 2018, 08:35 by Phil Handy   [ updated 27 Jun 2018, 08:36 ]

Frampton Community Projects are going to be livestreaming the Frampton Festival in a few weeks. They'll have a stall there complete with mini-studio for people to drop in and have a go at presenting, but will also be doing interviews and drone filming.

They're looking for people interested in getting involved in pretty much all aspects. For more information see

Inspiring Women of South Gloucestershire

posted 22 Jun 2018, 12:40 by Phil Handy   [ updated 22 Jun 2018, 12:40 ]

Do you, or someone you know, have a story to share about an inspiring woman of South Gloucestershire. You are invited to nominate a women who you feel has made an impact on local, national or international life in the last 100 years and has a connection with South Gloucestershire.

The story of women’s achievements in South Gloucestershire will include the role women have played in the development of farming, engineering, culture, sport, politics, education, community services, business, art and science. If they’ve got a connection to South Gloucestershire then we want to hear from you and uncover stories never told before which will help to highlight the achievements of inspirational women over the past 100 years.

To nominate a woman who inspires you or for more information visit 

A selection of the stories will be used to create learning resources, for children at primary and secondary schools, and a public exhibition which will tour South Gloucestershire.

Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways

posted 20 Jun 2018, 05:01 by Phil Handy

Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (FOSBR) have published a Rail Plan that they would like the local authorities to adopt. It includes a station at Coalpit Heath, which they believe would enable people from there, Frampton Cotterell and Emersons Green to access central Bristol and elsewhere. It could also link to existing and new bus services. 

They are interested in making links and meeting with people in the area. More information on their website or contact them via Facebook.

150th Anniversary Celebration at the Manor Hall

posted 6 Jun 2018, 13:01 by Phil Handy

Saturday 23rd June, 12.15 to 3.30pm

Himalayan Balsam

posted 30 May 2018, 06:54 by Phil Handy   [ updated 30 May 2018, 06:58 ]

For the past few summers we have been working to control the spread of Himalayan Balsam along the River Frome in Frampton Cotterell. In this time there has been a marked reduction in the amount of this invasive plant locally. However as it spreads by seeds which can be carried along by the river, there is always a chance of it re-invading.

By regular clearing we can stop it forming dense clumps which have a negative effect on the local eco-system. Clearing is relatively easy as it is very shallow rooted and can easily be pulled out to stop it forming viable seed.

This year balsam development has been slower than in the past couple of years due probably to the cool weather in March/April. However there are now signs of growth in a few places along the river so once again we will be clearing it to keep it under control.  Our first session will be on:
Monday 4th June, meeting at 2pm in Meadow Mead.

It's a pleasant way to get some gentle exercise in a pleasant and interesting natural environment. No experience or special equipment is necessary, just sturdy footwear, gloves and nettle resistant clothing. If the river levels are low then wading is possible with wellington boots or waders (we have some spare pairs) but it is not essential as much of the balsam is easily reachable from the riverbank.

As our local stretch of the river becomes more clear of balsam, we hope to be able to travel further upstream to reduce the seed bank which facilitates recolonisation. We would welcome contact from volunteer groups in Iron Acton, Yate and Chipping Sodbury who'd like help with clearing sessions in their areas. 

See more.

Big Lunch

posted 30 May 2018, 04:44 by Phil Handy   [ updated 30 May 2018, 05:42 ]

Celebrating refugee week!
Join the UK’s annual get together for neighbours.

Come along for an afternoon of fun, music and food. 

Bring along a picnic and we will bring some food to share too!

See us at:
Manor Hall, Coalpit
Heath, BS36 2TG

2pm – 5pm
30 June 2018

Brockeridge Sensory Garden

posted 18 May 2018, 13:26 by Phil Handy   [ updated 30 May 2018, 03:36 ]

We recently installed a "Mag Post" at the Brockeridge Centre Sensory Garden. This is a 5* magnifying glass mounted on a hardware post which enables children to look in detail at plants or small insects.


The post was purchased with the help of a generous donation from NISA stores in Woodend Road.

Says Court Nature Hunt

posted 15 May 2018, 11:27 by Phil Handy

Meet an owl in May Half Term, 31st May, 12noon to 14:30.

Join Avon Wildlife Trust at Says Court Solar Farm for an afternoon of wildlife with the Hawk and Owl Trust. You can meet an owl, go vole habitat hunting, grab a pot and go bug hunting, search for butterflies and buzzing bees! Bring along a picnic to enjoy in the wildflower meadow.

£2.50 per person. 

Meet at Says Court Farm, Badminton Rd, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2NY. 

Free car parking is available.

Suitable for all ages though all children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information email

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