Reopening of Libraries


Issue Date: 03/09/2020


Libraries to reopen and welcome customers to drop-in and browse

South Gloucestershire Council Libraries are set to reopen to visiting customers and are looking forward to welcoming people back from Monday 7 September. 
Since July, our libraries have been providing click and collect and bookable IT services in addition to delivering books to vulnerable adults during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
From Monday, customers will be able to drop-in and browse the books on offer for the first time since March. Opening times will be shorter than normal hours with all libraries closing at 4.00 pm. Filton Library will not be open due to essential building work being carried out but Patchway Library will be open on Mondays, in addition to its normal open days. 
The number of people using a library at one time will be limited and IT users are encouraged to book in advance to ensure a PC is free at the time they want to visit.
Safety checks have taken place at all of our buildings in line with Government guidance and all customers will be required to wear face coverings.
Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Rachael Hunt said: “I am delighted that our libraries are now able to welcome customers to browse and borrow again after what has been an extremely tough few months for everyone. 
“Throughout the lockdown period our libraries have continued to support people by delivering books, providing a click and collect service, extending our ebook and eaudio collections; even adding daily newspapers to our online services so people didn’t need to leave home as often. 
“We have carefully planned the re-opening and have taken into account the safety of both the public and our staff, and It’s fantastic news that we can invite members of the public to drop-in and explore their local library once again.”
Our click and collect service - which has received some fantastic feedback, will continue to operate for people who prefer not choose their own books but have them selected by the staff. 
For further information on the reopening of our libraries and details of the measures being put in place, including the click and collect service and booking of PCs, visit or call 01454 865022.


Attending Parish Council Meetings


Parish Council Meetings are curently being held remotely by Zoom. If anyone would like to attend the meeting please contact the office for login details.

Leisure Centres Reopening


Leisure centres reopening

Bradley Stoke Library which is situated within Bradley Stoke leisure centre will also reopen on 27th July.

We've been busy preparing for our reopening on Monday 27th July! We are S0 EXCITED to be reopening our doors again; we can't wait to see everyone.
As you can appreciate things will be very different, so we thought we'd give you a little insight into what's been happening behind closed doors over the past months.

Please use our Sanitising Stations and Hand Gels when you first arrive and during your visit. We will also ask you to wipe down any equipment after use.

Please maintain social distance (at least 6 feet apart). There is plenty of signage to guide you through the one way system and to remind you to keep a safe distance from staff and customers. Your exit will not be through the main entrance doors.

Our teams will be carrying out regular cleaning and disinfection regimes throughout the day, and between bookable sessions. We are also asking all customers to help us by cleaning each piece of equipment before and after their workout..

We have installed plastic protective shields at reception desks.

To help social distancing and to cut down possible contamination risks, cashless payments are now our preferred method of transaction; but with pre-booked sessions you should rarely need to approach the reception desk.

We will be in contact next week by email and social media with more information on:
We will also post any updates on our website.
Q U E S T I O N S...

We understand that you have questions. Where possible, we would be very grateful if you could please wait until you have received next weeks communications before getting in touch.
We can't wait to re-open

Head office:
Thornbury Active Lifestyle Centre, Alveston Hill, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire BS35 3BS





Notice of Public Rights and Publication of unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return


Park now reopening


The Parish Council are pleased to say the park at the Greenfield Centre will be reopening on 7 July. Please note the signs on entering which have now been received from South Glos. These give guidance as to how the area can be used as safely as possible. Opening hours will be 9am to 7pm.

Reopening of libraries


South Gloucestershire Libraries set to introduce bookable services as restrictions ease

From the 6 July onwards, our libraries will be introducing bookable services so customers can access them in a safe and controlled way following the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Customers will be asked to pre-book an appointment in advance to visit a library for IT access and a click and collect facility will be in place for the loan of books, DVDs and audiobooks.

Our libraries will reopen for these services in two phases, with Emersons Green, Kingswood, Patchway, Thornbury and Yate Libraries able to take bookings from 6 July, and the rest following on 13 July. Bradley Stoke Library will not be opening due to the continued closure of the leisure centre.

The libraries reopening for bookable services on 13 July are:

• Cadbury Heath Library
• Downend Library
• Filton Library
• Hanham Library
• Staple Hill Library
• Winterbourne Library.

All of our libraries will have hand sanitiser at the entrances and floor markings will be in place so people can follow the direction of travel required.

Reopening of Greenfield Park


The Parish Council are working towards the reopening of the playground at the Greenfield Centre but it will not be opening on the 4 July. We need to ensure all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure it is safe . We will update you in due course when this will be.

Police update regarding speeding


Unfortunately, one of the results of the public observing the “Stay Home, Save Lives” restrictions was the increase in speeding on roads across the region. The level of traffic is increasing as more and more people go back to work, so please read the attached document to see how the police are working to make the roads safer.


South Glos Library Service


South Gloucestershire Council’s libraries extend online services

Residents of South Gloucestershire can now access thousands of local and national newspapers free-of-charge through our new online library resources.

We can now offer the majority of national and local papers in addition to a range of international titles from across the world.

During the coronavirus pandemic there has been a significant increase in the number of people accessing our online resources with a surge of new members joining online - up 638 per cent since lockdown began.

In response to the demand, we have increased and expanded our online resources and are delighted to have received a grant of £1,000 from the Arts Council England to extend the service for a period of twelve months.

This new service is part of South Gloucestershire Council Libraries current online offer, which also includes ebooks, eaudiobooks, digital magazines and eComics.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Rachael Hunt said: “This is a brilliant addition to our current online service. Access to newspapers online means that people will not have to leave home as often in the current circumstances and access to international titles means that people can keep up to date with news as it’s reported across the world.

“With our libraries currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, access to these online resources is invaluable to residents and means people can continue to read or listen to books in the comfort of their own home.”

Anyone who isn’t yet a member of a South Gloucestershire library can join online at and will be issued with a temporary membership to access online resources.

For more information visit


Fishing at the Duck Pond


Update regarding fishing at the Duck pond in Winterbourne

Following the update from the government this week fishing is now allowed at the pond again. The usual rules apply that you need to have an Environment Agency rod licence and be a member of the Frome Vale Angling Club.

Update regarding Sort It Centres

Yate, Thornbury and Mangotsfield Sort-It Centres will open on – Saturday, May 16 – with extended opening hours of 6am to 6pm.


Please note that it facilities are likely to be very busy when the service starts back up and, therefore, residents are asked to only to make the journey if essential and advised to check the Council’s website ( for updates.

Frenchay 20mph zone


The Parish Council would like to confirm the installation of 2 speed tables in the new 20mph zone from Frenchay Village Hall towards the commons. The controversial traffic calming 'build outs' on Beckspool Road further down will be taken out as agreed with South Glos. Council Highways department and replaced with speed tables. This may take around 12 months due to consultation but we are very pleased that the councillors and residents concerns have been listened to .

COVID-19 Update


Southern Brooks Community Partnerships are working with South Gloucestershire Council to connect to individuals in need of support who do not have access to their website or social media.  Their phone line 07773 209943 is staffed from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. Their operators can talk to residents and connect them to the help available. They can be also be contacted  by email on  

Please pass these details to anyone you may know who is in need of assistance. 

Future bright


Future Bright


In these uncertain times where the Covid-19 virus is causing so much anxiety and disruption to people’s lives, especially in relation to jobs and training, the Future Bright team would like to reassure residents that the project will continue to run and offer support throughout this crisis.


Future Bright career progression coaches are able to support people who are currently in paid work but on top-up benefits, to progress their career and help remove barriers to progression.  This support can be provided remotely by telephone contact, Skype, email and text messaging.


Future Bright is open to local residents who are:-


  • Aged 19 or over and living in the West of England - Bristol, South Gloucestershire or Bath and North East Somerset
  • Currently in paid work (part-time, full-time, temp, self-employed or zero hours)
  • Receiving any of the following in-work benefits or tax credits –Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, or Means-Tested Council tax Reduction

What can Future Bright offer?

A dedicated Career Progression Coach who can:

  • Help you form an Action Plan and support you through each step and
  • Signpost and advise you on training and career pathways

Plus we can offer some financial support towards training or other work related costs.

All conversations are confidential, can be accessed remotely and focus on what you want to achieve – your coach will help you take your next step. Participation is always FREE, and fits around your current commitments.

Contact us today for an informal chat on 01454 866008 or email us at  Alternatively complete the online referral form at


Community help with the Covd 19 situation

31 March 2020

For anybody currently in need of support in the current Covid 19 crisis, there is a local group who can help out with activities such as grocery shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking and even a phone chat if you are lonely.
They can be contacted via the facebook link below.

Please let any of your friends or neighbours know who might not be on social media and you can contact the group on their behalf.

There is also a lot of information on the South Glos website.

Temporary Closure of The Park at Greenfield Centre


Due to the current situation, we have decided to temporarily close the park at the Greenfield Centre.

Coronavirus Update


The Greenfield Centre is now closed to anyone renting rooms. Our customers have all decided it is safest to cancel at the moment.

The Parish Council office is working normally but is not open to the public. Should anyone want to contact us please phone us or email.

The park is still currently open but if this situation changes we will update you.

We hope you all stay well and look foward to things returning to normal.





Winterbourne Parish Council is consulting on its proposal to update its byelaws which have been in force since 1977. Please see the attached document which outlines the regulatory impacts.

Please note this is not a consultation on the content of the draft byelaws. This will happen later once we have the secreatry of State's consent to consult on our proposals. We cannot there accept comments on the content of the draft byelaws at this stage. 

Should you wish to look at the draft byelaws please contact the Clerk.

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Notice of Audit

24 June 2019

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return

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Water Levels in the Duck Pond

29 May 2019

The Parish Council have taken professional advice and are pleased to report that the fish in the duck pond are currently not in any danger.  We will continue to closely monitor the situation whilst we work to resolve the water level issue.

Parish Council Elections 2nd May 2019

21 May 2019

Following the recent elections we say goodbye to 5 long standing Councillors and welcome 5 new Councillors.  If you would like to speak with one of our Councillors please contact the Clerk who will pass on your request.

The Olympus Academy Trust

17 December 2018

Please see attached notification for the proposed changes to the over-subscription criteria for school admissons at Patchway Community School and Winterbourne Academy.

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Annual Parish Minutes

23 April 2018

Please note that the minutes for the Annual Parish Meeting 2018 can be found in the Council Minutes folder.

Many thanks.

2018 Winter Newsletter

23 January 2018

Please take a look at our latest Newsletter under the Newsletter folder.

Winterbourne Down Receives a funding Boost


21 November 2017


Winterbourne Down receives a funding boost from Grants for War Memorials Scheme

Date: 21 November 2017

Status: Immediate release


Winterbourne Down war memorial will benefit from a grant of £5,400 from the War Memorial Trust.

The money will enable the war memorial in All Saints Churchyard to be levelled.

Those involved in the project are Trustees of All Saints Trust Burial Ground.

Frances Moreton, Director, War Memorials Trust said “War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today.  It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project.  The centenary of World War I is a wonderful opportunity for local communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials.  If anyone knows of any other war memorials in need of help please contact us”.



Winterbourne Duck Pond

16th June 2016

From 16th June you will need an ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ROD LICENCE to fish this pond.

This is available from any Post Office.

You will also need to be a member of the FROME VALE ANGLING CLUB. For details and to apply please contact John Treasure at 28 Orchard Vale, Bristol. BS15 9UN or email



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