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The present Civil Parish of Winscombe and Sandford is a combination of the ancient ecclesiastical Parish of Winscombe and areas surrounding the former hamlets of Barton, Oakridge, Sandford, Sidcot and Woodborough. The parish has a population of about 4500 and covers approximately six square miles of countryside on the western edge of Somerset's Mendip Hills.

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 Changes to Bus Services 121 and A2 from 11th January 2015

The 121 service is currently operated commercially by First, whilst the A2 service is supported by North Somerset Council using the DfT's Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Changes have been brought forward in order to safeguard the long term future for the core of these two routes.

From 11th January, these two services will be combined into one new service. Route and timetable details will be made available to passengers in due course.

For information, the main changes are summarised by North Somerset Council below:

  • Services 121 and A2 combined into one new service (to be called A2)
  • The new service will operate from Weston-super-Mare to Nailsea, via Banwell, Winscombe, Sandford, Churchill, Lower Langford, Wrington, Bristol Airport, Brockley Combe and Backwell
  • Hourly service between 05.00 and 23.00 Monday to Saturday (earlier journeys from 02.00 will be introduced at a later stage to allow for shift workers at Bristol Airport)
  • Lower frequency service on Sunday between 08.00 and 20.35
  • Serves Weston-super-Mare, Worle and Nailsea & Backwell rail stations
  • Will operate through West Wick development en route to Banwell (Wolvershill Road), creating new links. This will replace the route through Locking, although Locking will retain services 26 and 126 which will be unchanged.
  • The service will no longer operate on Long Lane in Wrington, and will instead use Silver Street and the A38. This route change is a commercial decision by First to open up new journey opportunities for the Butcombe Brewery and Holiday Inn sites
  • The service will no longer operate on Stock Lane in Congresbury
  • The service will no longer operate within Winford and Felton. To mitigate this, a morning and afternoon/evening commuter service will be introduced which will provide two return journeys to Bristol city centre Monday to Friday. This service will be numbered 21. Additional options for off-peak travel will be explored further in the coming weeks.


Passengers that currently use the 121 to travel into Bristol city centre will need to change buses at either Bristol Airport (A1 flyer service) or Backwell (X1 or X8 services) for continuing journeys. 



Councillor Casual Vacancy

Notice is hereby given that by reason of the resignation of Steve Bridges, a vacancy has occurred among the members of the Parish Council.

Any person wishing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing before the 12th January 2015 providing a little information about themselves and why they would like to be considered for the role of Parish Councillor.

An applicant's name must appear on the current register of the Voters List or  the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding January 2015 resided in or within three miles of the parish or, the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding January 2015 is in the parish.  The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor. PUBLIC elections are due to be held in May 2015 but for the interim period, election to the aforesaid Council will be voted for by the present sitting number of Parish Councillors.


Parish car parks – successful appeal

The Parish Council previously advised we would like to register our two NSC owned car parks as assets of community value and we asked you to tell us why these car parks were so important to you. Thank-you to all those of you that took the time to write to or email us – we received around 100 responses from you in addition to those of you that took part in a survey with some of our Councillors. After sending a letter of appeal to North Somerset Council asking that they review their decision, we have been advised this appeal has been successful and that the car parks are now to be recorded for the next five years as Assets of Community Value.


Woodborough Farm Site

Representatives from GVA, planning agents for the Woodborough Farm site attended the Parish Council Planning Committee meeting on 17th November to share their initial concept plan for the site and to advise of a public consultation which will take place early January 2015 prior to an outline planning application being submitted to North Somerset Council. You can view slides from their presentation by clicking on the following link:




….. and planned road works in the parish.

Due to works to install an optic fibre network, notification has been received of the intent to temporarily close to vehicles Barton Road from 18th December 2014 for a period likely to be 12 weeks and also The Lynch from the same date for a period of around 8 weeks.


Have your say about GP Services!

Patients in North Somerset are being encouraged to share their experiences of North Somerset GP surgeries with Healthwatch North Somerset. 

Healthwatch North Somerset the independent consumer champion of health and social care in North Somerset, has launched a survey to find out what local people think about their GP practice.

Eileen Jacques, Chief Officer said:  “This survey will give local people the opportunity to have their say about their own experiences of local GP surgeries.  The results of the survey will highlight where there is good practice and where there is room for improvement”.

The findings from the survey will form part of a report with recommendations which will be shared with North Somerset GP practices, NHS England, North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and the public.  Healthwatch North Somerset hope the report will show how North Somerset GP’s can all provide high quality services that meet the needs of the people of North Somerset.

You can complete the survey online at or you can request a paper copy from or phone 01275 851400


Parish Council Office Opening Hours

The office will be open to the public between 10 am and 12 noon each Monday and Thursday although you may contact the Clerk outside these hours by telephone or appointment. The weekly Police Surgery will take place on a Thursday morning between 10 am and 12 noon


New opening hours for Winscombe Library

Visitors to Winscombe Library are to benefit from extended opening hours thanks to the support of volunteers. From April, the library will open every Thursday afternoon from 1.30 to 5pm following a recent public consultation about opening hours.  Results of the survey, which saw 55% of respondents voice their support for this proposal, can be viewed online at  Due to lower usage, the library will also close at 6pm every Friday instead of 6.30pm. Changes take effect from 1 April, and the library will be open: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 5pm; Fridays 10am to12.30pm and 1.30 to 6pm; Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm.

Anyone interested in volunteering at their local library can contact 01934 426 657 or visit for more information about the opportunities available. To see the NSC press release please visit:

It is intended that this unit, along with the PAD located outside Thatchers Cider Offices on Station Road Sandford will further safeguard those living, working and using recreational facilities in our parish against the risk that the Emergency Services may take more time to arrive than the precious few minutes you have to restart a heart after a Cardiac Arrest has occurred.


A calendar of Parish Council & Committee meetings in 2014 can be found by clicking on the following link:

…and 2015 calendar


Approved minutes of Parish Council and Committee meetings can be found by clicking here:



Can we improve communication from the Parish Council to Shopkeepers and other business people?

If you would like to receive, via email, dates and agendas for any of the Parish Council meetings, or other information which may affect you, or be of use to you, please contact Lynne Rampton our Parish Clerk with your email address. Tel 01934 844257. 




Last updated 5th December 2014


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