Local News

Disease Resistant Elm Trees

If you are looking to replace Elm trees due to Dutch Elm disease, details of where you can source disease resistant tress are below:

An Italian clone FL493, is now sold by Frank P Matthews, https://www.frankpmatthews.com) under the reg. cv. name 'Wingham', in recognition of the village in Kent where it was extensively trialled by Dr David Herling,

www.ResistantElms.co.uk They are also selling a Dutch variety ‘Lutece’.

Peter Shallcross (email: peterjshallcross@gmail.com) - supply Adamuz, Fiorente, Lutece, Wingham and Ulmus laevis trees

Hilliers Nursery who are selling New Horizon. https://www.hillier.co.uk/trees/products/listings/ulmus-new-horizon/




Regular Events

Classes held in the Village Hall by Emma Charlton at Butcombe Village Hall.

Yin Yoga on Saturday 4th January

We start at 9am until 10.15am
Suitable for beginners and even if you are feeling depleted in energy
Yin is not taxing!


Pilates on Mondays at 6pm

Pure Stretch classes on Wednesdays at 6pm.

More details can be found at https://www.emmacharltonpilates.co.uk

Emma is also keen to start up Parent Antenatal classes in the future and would be Spinning Babies Parent Education Workshops – details can be found here https://www.hypnobirthingbristol.com/spinning-babies



Blagdon Local History Society

An AGM with a difference
Wednesday 12 th February 2.30pm, Court Lodge (next to the village stores)
We start with a short business session with annual reports followed by refreshments. The main session will be led by our Chair and Archivist Sheila Johnson who will present an illustrated update of new material which has been donated or unearthed during 2019: photographs from the collection of former archivist Olga Shotton, extracts from the Lambrick archive including letters
from India written by Captain Newnham of Blagdon Court in the 1830s, and fascinating local sketches made by Rev. John Skinner in the early 19 th century, collected in journals now housed in the British Library.

Our new and varied programme for the coming year will be available and membership can be arranged, Individual £12, Couple £20. If you would like updates on forthcoming events please email our secretary pip.riley@talk21.com Individual meetings, £2.50. Members, free. We would be delighted to welcome you to meetings of your choice or as a member. As a starter on
11th March we have Tony Coverdale from the Saltford Brassmill talking to us about the historic production of brass, including the links with calamine mining which took place around Shipham.

Bristol Airport Expansion Plan

This site is frequently updated through the Facebook feed visible on the site (so no need to have a personal fb page) with as much factual evidence of the proposed expansion that can be found. All recent plans, evidence and media report scan be found on the below link. http://www.stopbristolairportexpansion.org/

It’s worth looking at the ‘Updates’ and ‘Take Action’ pages fairly regularly as things are changing rapidly as momentum against expansion builds across North Somerset at a rate of knots.

Flyers and posters are also available to download from the ‘Take Action’ page.’




Chew Valley Connect

Chew Valley Connect next meting will be at Bishop Sutton Village Hall (BS39 5XQ ) on Tuesday 9 July, from 2.30 to 4.30. The village hall is in the middle of the village, on the A368.

You are warmly invited to come to the informal get together on July 9th, and if you can car share, or bring someone who doesn’t drive, that would be great! If you want to be kept in touch with plans, or if you have any questions, email chewvalleyconnect@gmail.com or contact Rural Connections at WERN on 01934 225184.

In April a group of older people from in and around the Chew Valley got together in Redhill Village Hall to launch a new idea. Chew Valley Connect is bringing older people together informally to make new friends, and find new shared and interesting things to do. Here is just a sample of the interests people came up with: craft, visiting National Trust properties, cooking, chatting over tea or lunch, walking, skittles, gardening club, playing Scrabble…….and plenty more. People swapped contact information, so they can go ahead and arrange activities together. As well as talking – much tea was consumed along with plenty of scones and cake!

Here are some of the things people said at the meeting in April

“I’ve made some new connections, we’ve swapped contact information and will meet again. It was a lovely afternoon!”

“When you are on your own it is not so easy to meet new people, and it has been lovely chatting to people I hadn’t met before”

“I’ll encourage friends to come next time. When you’re older you have to keep reaching out.”

“It was fun! I will encourage other friends to come too next time”

Click on the below links to watch a short video about Rural Connections and how it can help you or someone you know. 

Helping those in need

Rural Connections


Off site parking for Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has set up a contact site where any issues of off site parking or issues associated with Taxi's can be reported. This will allow all reported issues to be properly investigated.  Please send your concerns to them directly at: communitycarparking@bristolairport.com