WINSHAM PARISH COUNCIL


Winsham Parish Council meets on the first Wednesday of each month at
7.30pm in the Committee Room of the Jubilee Hall. The Chairman is Jason Stevens, seen above with Teresa Pinder, Parish Clerk.

STOP PRESS
Dave Clark from Ammerham becomes a Parish Councillor

More details will be given soon on the WPC Web Site
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Donating Your Winter Fuel Payment – An Idea Worth Warming To

 

Somerset Community Foundation has launched this year’s Surviving Winter campaign, encouraging people to join the growing number of contributors who donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment each year to help local people living in fuel poverty.

Last year, over 400 older people in Somerset were helped to keep warm and better connected through the winter months, thanks to local donors and pensioners who gave to Surviving Winter.

When a person receives their Surviving Winter grant, it doesn’t just go towards paying the heating bill. It is also the first step towards connecting them to a local community partner; this can become the foundation for a new relationship that can help to overcome the isolation and loneliness many older people experience.

Help Somerset Community Foundation reach their target of raising £100,000 to help 500 isolated and vulnerable older people this year.

To donate to Surviving Winter, visit www.somersetcf.org.uk/winter or call 01749 344949. Gift Aid forms are also available to download from the Somerset Community Foundation website.




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Have your say! Housing Needs Survey

The Parish Council is currently asking for residents views on housing needs through a survey, which was delivered to households on 17 & 18 November.  This will inform us both of general views on housing and of specific needs for affordable housing. The survey is being conducted by CCS, an independent charity, and no personal details will be shared with the PC.

 

The responses will be most useful to the PC for commenting on planning applications and, if need is identified, for progressing with an affordable housing scheme. It is a vital part of establishing the future of Winsham, therefore it is in all our interests and for the future of the whole parish if you take the time to complete the form and return it by the deadline of 8th December 2017.

 The survey can also be completed by people currently living elsewhere but who want to live in Winsham who have a local connection. These people may have local employment commitments, family already resident in the village, or links within the parish. Please forward this link to them - www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/winsham-hns   

As an added incentive, those taking part could win a voucher of your choice worth £30. See the survey for more details.

Thank you for your participation,

 Jason Stevens,
Chairman, Winsham Parish Council

Click HERE to see Survey poster


INTRODUCING THE NEW WINSHAM PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER
A quarterly publication available on-line by clicking HERE, or by collection your own printed copy from Winsham Shop, The Jubilee Hall, St. Stephen's, The Bell and other spots around the village.
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South Somerset Local Plan (Issues and Options Consultations)
Click HERE
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Your Guide to Winter Service in Somerset 2017/18
An interesting informative guide to what to expect if Somerset has to endure a hard winter, and what you can do to help yourself. Click HERE

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Parish Council Vacancies 

Winsham Parish Council currently has vacancies for two Parish Councillors.

If you care about Winsham and it’s surrounding area, want to help shape its future and are willing to give time to work for the community please read below to find out more about becoming a Parish Councillor.

To register your interest please contact Teresa, the Clerk on as soon as you can!
Telephone: 01460 30441
Email:
winshampc@hotmail.co.uk

Being a Parish Councillor is a great opportunity to work for the community and help decide how to meet the concerns of residents and what is best for the wider parish of Winsham (not just the main village). Importantly, you need to have the concerns and best interests of the parish as a whole at heart. Councillors are community leaders and should represent the aspirations of the public that they serve.

Parish councils are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public. Councillors are there to consider the information gathered and make a group decision on all matters, keeping in mind the best interest of the community as a whole. No individual Councillor is responsible for any single decision.

If you would like to become a Parish Councillor please speak to any of our current Councillors or you may also find The Good Councillors Guide useful.

Parish Councils benefit from diversity and we welcome interest from people of different ages, backgrounds, experiences and abilities. Good communication skills, problem solving, analytical thinking and being a team player are all useful skills, and it doesn't matter whether you acquired these from your professional life or from community, voluntary or social experience. The most important thing is that you care about Winsham and are willing to take an active role.

Anyone can stand as a candidate provided they meet the qualification requirements. You should be:

* aged over 18;

* a British, Commonwealth Citizen or Citizen of an EU country;

* a registered elector

and have been;

* Resident for 12 months prior to the day of election/co-option - either in the parish or within 3 miles of the boundary, or;

* occupied land or premises for 12 months as owner or tenant - either in
the parish or within 3 miles of the boundary, or;

* had a principal place of work - either in the parish or within 3 miles of the boundary.

You cannot become a Councillor if:

* have been declared bankrupt within the last five years if you have not repaid your debts.

* have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to not less than three months imprisonment (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine within the last five years.

* you have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices.

 

CONTACT:

The Clerk

Telephone: 01460 30441

Email:
winshampc@hotmail.co.uk

 




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Holly & Bells

SING FOR SOMERSET RINGS IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!

Somerset Community Foundation is once again inviting members of the public to join them for their annual Sing for Somerset carol service in the magnificent Wells Cathedral on Saturday, December 16 at 7pm. Admission is free, no tickets are required and doors will open at 6.15pm. 

Sing for Somerset features a festive mix of traditional and contemporary music conducted by Laurence Blyth, featuring the Mid-Somerset Orchestra, Somerset Voices choir and organist Matthew Redman. Carol sheets will be provided for all to join in the festivities.

The retiring collection will benefit the work of Somerset Community Foundation. For more information, email: info@somersetcf.org.uk or call 01749 344949.



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Parish Council Surgeries
After getting off to a good start , listed below are the dates  planned for future surgeries, over the next few months. They will all be held in 'The Bell'

Day

Date

Time

Location

Cllr 1

Cllr 2

Saturday

14-10-17

12pm - 2pm

The Bell

Cllr Jason Stevens

Cllr Rita Miller

Saturday

18-11-17

12pm - 2pm

The Bell

Cllr Nigel Eastick

Cllr Stu Davie

No December surgery

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

13-01-18

12pm - 2pm

The Bell

Cllr Diane Wallbridge

Cllr Andrew Simkins

Saturday

17-02-18

12pm - 2pm

The Bell

TBC

Cllr Trevor Harris

Saturday

17-03-18

12pm - 2pm

The Bell

Cllr Jason Stevens

Cllr Rita Miller

Saturday

14-04-18

12pm - 2pm

The Bell

TBC

TBC


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WINSHAM PARISH COUNCIL RECEIVES FOUNDATION AWARD IN NATIONAL SCHEME
Winsham Parish Council has received a prestigious award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme. This achievement recognises that the council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement.  Moreover, Winsham Parish Council goes above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT


The official Winsham Parish Council  Web Site carries a great deal of information that is relevant to its day-to-day operation, and can be accessed on www.winshamparishcouncil.  Access  to the various sections of the site can be reached by left clicking on the relevant buttons below.





Quick links to sections of the Parish Council Web Site
COMMUNITY Notices and announcements, including information about grant sources and courses, local initiatives and projects bb1
MAKE IT BETTER Practical advice about being a better neighbour and reconciling conflict. Information links relating to parking, noise, pets, etc. bb2
YOUR PARISH COUNCIL DOES FOR YOU What your Parish Council does for you. Contact links to other levels of government, including your County and District Councillors and Member of Parliament bb3
WINSHAM CEMETERY Details of cemetery regulations, charges and cemetery plots map. bb4
PARISH COUNCILLORS Details of Winsham Parish Council bb5
ACCOUNTS Details of Accounts bb6
ASSETS Assets register bb7
DOCUMENTS Details of Statutory Documents available for on-line inspection bb8
MEETINGS Copies of Agenda and Minutes of Meetings bb9
CONTACT INFORMATION How to contact the Parish Council bb10
PARISH SURVEY 2013 A major survey on many aspects of parish life-all households-60%response bb11
PARISH PLAN 2014 The Parish Plan evolved from the 2013 Parish Survey and is now a major factor in parish council decisions bb12


 

 

 

 

WINSHAM PARISH COUNCIL was formed in 1894. It's meetings have been held in the Jubilee Hall since that time. If you are interested in the Council's history, including the records of every meeting since it started , together with lots of other information, click on the button below.
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Winsham Parish Council has nine members, all of whom live within the parish
or within 3miles of the boundary. Membership is by election or co-option.
A new Parish Council is formed every four years.

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