Update from North Somerset on Local Services

All North Somerset libraries, including the mobile library, will be closed from the end of today (Thursday) until further notice. While we recognise that libraries are important hubs of the communities which hundreds of people visit every day, our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff.
Libraries are more than just a physical space and we aim to continue to deliver a range of services, including access to eBooks, eMagazines and eResources. The libraries service will be working hard to develop additional digital outreach. This could include online activities for pre-school children such as online Rhymetimes, keeping in touch with home service customers by phone to reduce risk of social isolation and promoting home-schooling resources.
We will also be making it easier for people to join online and this will be promoted widely, with investment for the coming financial year switched from hardcopy to digital to extend the eBook and eAudio titles offer.
Existing loans will be automatically extended until Wednesday 1 July. Please do not return any items borrowed from the library during this time and please do not leave them on library doorsteps, as they could be stolen or damaged.
Extended Access will not be available at Portishead and Winscombe Libraries and Worle and Yatton Library and Children’s Centres.
Congresbury Community Library, which is run by volunteers, will be closed from Monday 23 March.
Some libraries share a building with children’s centres. If you are currently under midwifery care at one of the area’s children’s centres, keep attending at your usual location as these midwife appointments will continue.
For the latest updates follow us on Twitter at @nsomlibraries or on Facebook /NSlibraries.
Online services will still be available to use:
Online library from home:
Including ebooks and audio books.
Enquiry service:
To join online visit www.librarieswest.org.uk/join.
Council offices
In line with the latest government advice if you need to contact us, please do this online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/connect or over the phone – please do not visit council offices if possible.
If you usually come in and use one our council tax payment kiosks, please consider switching to online payments. You can find out more at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/counciltax or pay by phone by calling 01934 888 121. You will need your 10-digit council tax reference number, which you can find on your bill, and your credit or debit card.
The Campus
The Campus in Weston-super-Mare will be closed to the public from the end of today (Thursday) until further notice. The midwifery care at The Campus children’s centre will continue so people are to keep attending appointments and will be able to access the building.
Children’s centres
If you are currently under midwifery care at one of the area’s children’s centres, keep attending at your usual location as these midwife appointments will continue.
All universal groups such as Stay and Plays have stopped at all children’s centres. Most children’s centres are closed (apart for midwifery services) but four remain open – Portishead, Clevedon, Locking Castle and Ashcombe - for family support groups, such as those for vulnerable people and one-to-ones.
Leisure centres and venues
All events are cancelled until further notice at the following venues - The Tropicana and Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare and Somerset Hall in Portishead.
All our leisure and sports centres remain open although some may be operating on reduced hours. Go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.
Recycling and waste
Recycling and waste collections are continuing as normal and recycling centres are open as usual.
Advice for businesses
There is a round-up of the measures being put in place to support businesses and employers at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Registration Service
From tomorrow (Friday 20 March) all ceremonies will be conducted with the minimum legal requirements (two staff and four guests). No bookings are being taken for ceremonies before 1 July unless urgent (this is being kept under review). Go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.




Regular Events

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


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



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.’




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

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/