Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 26 2012

Clothes Collection

Calling all SWAG bags!!

Our clothes bag mountain will soon be collected. If you have any SWAG bags, please can you ensure that they are dropped off by Sunday 30th September.

Even if you have a part filled bag please do drop it off – every little helps!!

We will stop collecting clothes from 1st October.



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Sep 26 2012

SWAG Goes To The Dogs

Last few tickets remaining for Saturday 29th Night at The Dogs.

You can still sponsor a dog if you can not be with us but wish to join in the fun and help raise money!!



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Sep 14 2012

PRESS RELEASE – 14th September 2012

Residents and Action Groups celebrate removal of Stanton Wick, Keynsham and Radstock Sites from B&NES’ Gypsy and Traveller Plans

For immediate release


Local residents and Action Groups are celebrating B&NES’ permanent removal of controversial proposed sites at Stanton Wick, Radstock and Keynsham from a list of ‘Preferred’ Gypsy and Traveller sites.

At a B&NES Cabinet meeting on Wednesday night, Councillors finally reacted to months of pressure and judicial review litigation from Action Groups and local residents, officially removing all three sites from consideration (The Old Colliery in Stanton Wick, the former Infants’ School Canteen in Radstock, and land near to Ellsbridge House, Keynsham).

The LibDem Cabinet and B&NES’ Chief Executive Dr Jo Farrar, heard submissions from all three Action Groups and a number of Labour and Conservative Councillors, that yet again challenged the site selection process as being flawed both in concept and delivery, unlawful and deeply damaging to the communities affected.

Following these presentations, Cllr Tim Ball (Lib-Dem, Twerton), Cabinet Member for Homes and Planning, moved an amendment to officially remove all three sites at Keynsham, Radstock and Stanton Wick – from the list.

The long-overdue removal of the sites follows a Judicial Review application by claimants on behalf of the three Action Groups seeking to challenge the process of site selection in law. In July, solicitors Knight’s representing the claimants wrote to B&NES setting out the reasons why the site selection process undertaken by the Council has been “unreasonable, irrational, unlawful and procedurally irregular”.

Clarke Osborne, Chair of Stanton Wick Action Group said:


“At last, the B&NES Cabinet has finally seen sense and removed these three wholly unsuitable, unsustainable, and undeliverable sites from this list.

“I am in no doubt that this would not have happened if it wasn’t for the pending Judicial Review, and the very hard work of local residents and Action Groups who since May have presented overwhelming evidence of the unsuitability of the sites, as well as a flawed, disingenuous and predetermined process.

“On behalf of all three Action Groups, I would like to thank everyone associated with achieving this result: all those who have made their views known, attended meetings, made presentations, written letters and emails, and assisted with fundraising.

“Yet while this victory is very welcome and long overdue, it has come at a very real financial and emotional cost to many people. B&NES’ wilful disregard to their residents’ views, independent planning reports, and legal advice, mean fundraising efforts to recoup costs are still required.

“The truth is that the behaviour of B&NES’ LibDem Cabinet and their approach to this process has had a significantly damaging effect on many of their rural constituents’ lives. Not only in respect of their businesses and their savings, but also the extraordinary amount of time individuals have spent researching, writing letters, attending meetings, campaigning, and fundraising. To many this has meant taking time off work, cancelling holidays and spending any of their spare time battling a Cabinet which, far from ‘listening to residents’, has appeared disinterested, intransigent and arrogant.”

“Both settled and traveller communities have already been badly let down by B&NES; we can only hope that lessons have been learned and that similar errors can be avoided as this flawed, discredited and delayed process limps on.

“We applaud the determination of B&NES to work hard in meeting the Government targets for the provision of sites for both permanent and transit populations of Gypsies and Travellers and we have sympathy in the difficulties that this presents; but there can be no excuse for what we regard as incompetent, insensitive and arrogant behaviour.

“The communities have spoken, and I sincerely hope that they will maintain this voice and demand more from their Local Authority and take more control of the future planning of their local environment. It is called Localism”


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Sep 11 2012





This will update regarding wednesdays cabinet meeting. Please come to whichever suits you, the Information at each meeting will be the same.


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Sep 07 2012

Valley Green Belt Show

First ever Valley Green Belt Show a huge success!

For immediate release

4th Sept 2012

The first ever Valley Green Belt Show, held at Pensford on Sat 1st Sept, raised an incredible £6,200, organisers have revealed.

The Show, held to raise money for protection of the area’s Green Belt and the Old Colliery site at Stanton Wick, enjoyed a fantastic turnout with more than 600 people showing their support during the day.

Generously sponsored by Kelston Sparkes, the family fun day featured an amazing line-up of musicians, dancers, games, wildlife, stalls, food and prizes – all provided free of charge by local businesses and individuals.

One of the organisers, Rosie Pierce, said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day. The community came out in force to show their support (the sun even made a very welcome appearance!), and everyone had loads of fun. Huge thanks to everyone who sponsored, donated, contributed, helped, attended, and of course, spent!”

Visitors enjoyed music from The Twerzels, Irish dancing, Pony & Trap rides, vintage cars and tractor displays, a Hog Roast and BBQ, craft stalls, auction and raffle, and loads more. The finale was a spectacular display of hundreds of biodegradable green balloons, released by local children.

The day also showcased local campaigns to help protect the area’s Greenbelt, its mining heritage, and its local wildlife, with members of the Stanton Wick Action Group, the CPRE and the Hawk and Owl Trust on hand to talk to the public.

Clarke Osborne, Chair of the Stanton Wick Action Group, said: “It was a quite remarkable day and result – the organising team should be very proud. I was amazed by the smooth running of what was a major event and SWAG is very grateful for what has been a large task of persuasion and organisation.

“I am delighted that our communities responded with such enthusiasm and kindness and I very much hope that the fantastic group of organisers can be persuaded to make this an annual event with future fundraising for deserving community projects and initiatives.”

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Sep 02 2012


In aid of Stanton Wick Action Group

Jimmy Cricket Cabaret Evenings

For 2 nights only:

Friday 7th December


Saturday 8th December

Following on from the success of August’s Cabaret evenings - we are proud to announce our Special December Cabaret event.

Cabaret Evening

Please do get your tickets early, they will be available from Pensford Post Office, or you can email us, or ring Jennie.

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Sep 02 2012

SWAG goes to the Dogs for – A Night at The Races

In another epic fundraising event SWAG is going racing on Saturday 29 September and you can join in the fun – please!
With the kind assistance of Gaming International and Pat Filer we have arranged a Night at the Races at Swindon Greyhounds.
You can help our fundraising in three ways;


- You can sponsor a race for £100 and receive in return;

  • Your naming of the Race in all advance publicity and the programme
  • An engraved trophy to present to the winning owner
  • Up to 100 words of announcement about your business and your company
  • A framed photograph of your presentation
  • 16 Complimentary tickets for a future Greyhound Racing night at the Stadium (worth £96)


- You can sponsor a greyhound for £10 and receive in return

  • Your name in the sponsors list in the programme
  • Your name announced
  • If your sponsored greyhound wins its race you receive a bottle of Champaign chilled and ready to open
  • 2 Complimentary tickets for future Greyhound Racing night at the Stadium (worth £12)


- You can join us and buy a combined travel, racing and food ticket for £20.00 and you will receive;

  • Coach Travel between Filers yard and Swindon Stadium
  • Free entry and Race Programme
  • Access to a private bar with a host to explain betting and greyhound form
  • A curry supper (Vegetable and Chicken)

Coaches will leave Filers Yard at 17.30pm, we will have pick ups in Stanton Drew and Pensford. We will arrive back at around midnight
There are 12 Races and 72 Greyhounds to sponsor so please help by sponsoring and maybe suggesting to a friend.
Please click below for a sponsorship form,  complete the form and simply hand to any member of the SWAG team, or email it to us.


Race Sponsorship Form


Dog Racing - Poster


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Sep 01 2012

Valley Green Belt Show

Another great successful event – it really was a fabulous day for everyone – and the sun shone out for us!  A big THANK YOU to everyone involved in the planning, organising and implementation of this big event! Thank you also to everyone who turned up to make it such a success.

We hope that this may be the start of an annual event.

We now have the final figures – the event raised in excess of £6200 – totally amazing – (the auction of promises alone raised £1400!!)

What a wonderful community we live in.


Valley Green Belt Show

The Green Balloon Finale


To sse the Somerset Guardian write up on the show…  click here.

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