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Please read our latest blog posts below and comment on them if you like. If you want to add a new blog topic of your own choosing just email me the content or use the contact page and I will post it asap. You may be also interested in our Be Involved, Neighbourhood WatchEvents and Classified/Lost and Found blog pages and current issues, please remember that historical posts can be viewed by selecting the drop down menu at the top of the blog home page.

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Bleadon Bees

Posted on 4th July, 2019

 

 

 

A swarm of 25-30,000 bees was sighted and bravely rescued last night between the bus stop and the Queens Arms.

 

Wikipedia states that for honey bees:

"Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees.

 

Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season.

 

Secondary afterswarms, or cast swarms may happen.

 

Cast swarms are usually smaller and are accompanied by a virgin queen.Sometimes a beehive will swarm in succession until it is almost totally depleted of workers."

BPC Blue Hearts in Bleadon

Posted on 4th July, 2019

 

 

 

UPDATE 25 JULY 2019 - Mercury article Council to adopt re-wilding programme across North Somerset to improve area's biodiversity.

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The following was posted on the Bleadon Acting Together facebook page:

"Bleadon Parish Council Bleadon in Bloom Project - Blue Campaign.

 

Bleadon has entered the Britain in Bloom competition. There is a new scoring criterion which means that community and environment are almost as important as the actual floral exhibitions. Therefore, as part of the project, participants need to be mindful of the local environment.

 

The Blue Campaign is a community nature project, started by Fergus Beely. The idea is that we can each contribute to wild habitats by leaving a piece of our gardens, schools, parks or even road verges uncultivated and letting it grow wild. To signify that you are doing that you can put a stake in the ground with a blue heart on it. This tells other people not to cut that area – that area is left to be as nature intended.

 

Bleadon in Bloom have put Wildflower seeds in many places and particularly along the rhyne edge. This is to support our Butterflies and Bees.

 

The Blue Hearts you can see so far are made by David Sharman. These will soon be accompanied by Blue Hearts made by children from Lympsham School and Rocks with Blue Hearts on them made by children from Westhaven School.

 

We will be creating a map so that people can follow a trail of Blue Hearts through the village.

 

Enjoy – and get in touch with Kirsten Hemingway 815540 to join the Bloomers or the Grass Roots Ecology Movement that will start on 9th June 2019 with Chris Sperring."

 

BOB Note:

 

Wild flowers on highway verges would be lovely, I really mean it, and I'm sure, like Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, NSC would love to save their grass cutting budget, however they already no longer maintain highway verges adequately, which is causing safety concerns to pedestrians and cyclists alike. Also the risk of potential flooding issues as the adjacent rhynes become overgrown and blocked. We currently appear to be in the same poor safety situation as in 2014/15 along with associated litter issues 

 

NSC actually removed shrubs and wild flowers from central reservations throughout WSM, so the only way 'seeding' will happen, and be maintained, is for Parish Council precepts to be increased, which is exactly what NSC wants. But what do Bleadon residents want and how much will it actually cost?

 

BPC don't publish project information in an easily accessible or transparent way, especially what finances have been allocated vs actual expenditure, what budget heading expenditure comes under vs Reserve allocation/depreciation, grants or donations received, etc but some budget estimates from Oct 2018 can be found in the April 2019 BPC report.

 

NB: BOB again made NSC and BPC aware of the verge and litter issues in Dec 2018, and was informed that "An order will be passed to the contractor to litter pick the verge at this location. The vegetation will be monitored until the summer". We are yet to receive a response as to when and how the verge and safety issues will addressed.

Giant Pink Marshmallows

Posted on 28th June, 2019

 

 

It's that time of year when the crops are being harvested before the summer rains threaten to ruin them. 

 

Bleadon farmers are again raising local and world wide awareness and money for breast cancer by wrapping bales of hay in pink, We certainly don't envy the long hours and the uncertainty of the British weather, especially with the recent severe weather warnings!

 

For those of you interested in how it's done see the video below:

 

 

 

Honesty Request

Posted on 10th April, 2019

 

 

 

UPDATE 19 JUNE 19: Article printed in the Weston Mercury newspaper

 

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A number of residents in our community are kindly offering kerbside fresh produce such as eggs, fruit, vegetables, jams, etc.

 

However due to a 'customer' taking advantage and liberty as witnessed on CCTV, one such resident is kindly asking that people pay/donate a reasonable amount in return as otherwise they will unfortunately have to withdraw their service, which we think for a village community would be a shame.

 

In the meantime thank you to all the honest users of these services, long may they continue.

Vacancy - Coronation Hall Cleaner

Posted on 26th March, 2019

Position now taken

 

Cleaning

 

WANTED! The Coronation Hall Management Committee are looking for a weekly cleaner for the Coronation Halls in Bleadon. It is estimated that the work would take 4-5 hours per week, at £9.50 per hour. Times would be by mutual agreement and could be flexible.

For more information please e-mail: kevinbarrett240@btinternet.com

GP Community Support Initiative

Posted on 16th February, 2019

 

 

A resident has asked BOB to post "... information about a new initiative called the GP Community Support Service which has been brought to [their] attention as being of use and interest to people in Bleadon.  A lot of Weston GPs are involved (this is from Tudor Lodge, Nithsdale Road)."

 

Full leaflet can be seen here

A Bleadon New Hope

Posted on 14th January, 2019

BPC NDP Survey

 

We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. 

 

Unfortunately, it seems that holiday season is the time when major applications and consultations are put to the public. This month is no different with several applications appearing on BPC's agenda on 14 Jan 19, along with their Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Questionnaire/Survey, as indicated below:

  • Neighbourhood Development Plan Survey - 31 Jan 19 deadline
    • Now available for all the public to comment by paper or online
  • Bristol Airport Expansion - 26 Jan 19 deadline
    • The last expansion reported to increase flights and noise pollution over Bleadon. This time it is has proposed "operating within a rolling annualised cap of 4,000 night flights between the hours of 23:30 and 06:00 with no seasonal restrictions". NSC's Local Plan Dec 18 Consultation states, "The Airport wants to double permitted air traffic to 20 mppa by the 2040s. In the short-term it seeks a relaxation of existing limits to allow for growth to 12 mppa [million passengers per annum]
  • Purn Way 16 Houses - 14 Jan 19 deadline
    • This application is outside the current Settlement Boundary
  • There are also a number of enforcements noted

Other Activity:

  • There has been a noticeable increase in plastic/rubbish in our community, especially along the A370, so BOB has reported this to NSC and BPC.
  • Development works at Wentwood Drive (Bleadon Hill) commence in January 2019. This new development will consist of 50 new 3 and 4 bedroom homes.

For further information follow links above and/or for other 'BeInvoved' information please visit https://www.bleadon.org.uk/beinvolved.html

Keepers Gate, Wentwood Drive - Community Information Event

 

See information on poster below

 

"Lovell are pleased to confirm development works at Wentwood Drive, Weston-super-Mare are due to commence in January 2019. This exciting new development will consist of 50 new 3 and 4 bedroom homes.

We are keen to keep you, our local residents informed at all stages during this development and would therefore like to invite you along to our “Community Information Event” which is taking place on:

 

Thursday 10th January 2019

From 4pm-6.30pm

Venue: Bleadon Youth Club, Bleadon, BS24 0PQ

 

Please come along to meet our team and ask us questions about the upcoming development.

We look forward to seeing you."

 

Wentwood Drive Development

Please see attached invite (above) to the Community Information Event arranged for 10th Jan.

 

We are sending out letter invites to all surrounding residents, but please can you forward this invite to any other interested parties.

 

Regards

 

Siân Diaz (MRICS, BA(hons), DipSurv, CIHM)

Senior Development Manager

 

dd: 02920 544 637 | m: 07773 478884

Lovell Partnerships Ltd

Unit 5, Cae Gwyrdd

Greenmeadow Springs Business Park

Tongwynlais, Cardiff, CF15 7AB

 

 

FYI. see previous BOB Blog on the original outline application

Remembrance Thanks

Posted on 6th December, 2018

 

BOB would like to thank everyone, of all ages, who took part in Remembrance this year, whether from home or at an organised activity. For example (but not limited to):

  • Pat White - for creating and erecting his memorial crosses display for the fourth year 
  • Young Jocelyn -  for creating a Remembrance page on BOB, creating access to audio, visual and textural information 
  • John Hickley - for extracts from his Illustrated History of Bleadon book
  • Residents - for sharing their memories of war time 
  • Grove Park Remembrance Ceremony - for bringing people and organisations together in a formal ceremony to remember the fallen 
  • Pages of the Sea - for bringing communities and families together informally at the sea front 
  • Church - For their service as part North's Somerset tribute 'Legacy of Light' (see below)
  • Captain Stuart - for his information on the 'There not There' project, which BPC added to the church service 
  • Thank you to those of you who took the time and effort to bring our communities together and to send information and suggestions to BOB

     

There is a lot of knowledge, experience and memories within the residents of Bleadon, which would be shame to lose. Guy Garvey, on a BBC Radio 4 programme explained an interesting project, "Once he got his dad talking, a wealth of new stories emerged which helped Guy form a deeper bond with his dad and painted a vivid picture of a child in wartime Manchester. When Don died in March 2018, Guy realised how precious these recordings were - not just to him but also to his siblings and future generations of his family. Now he’s on a mission to encourage others to record their parents before it's too late."   If you'd like to share any information on BOB, attributed or anonymously, please contact us.

Why Pink Hay Bales

Posted on 24th October, 2018

 

 

For those of you who are still wondering why pink hay bales are in Bleadon's fields it is because they are raising awareness for breast cancer.

 

Jeannie Everington, from Volac, said in the Echo, “Since many women work within agriculture, we wanted to raise awareness of breast cancer in the countryside and what better way to visualise it than with pink bales in the fields?”