This road between Haywood Road and Loves Hill is likely to be closed at times between Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 27th. Gigaclear will be installing facilities for fibre optic cable.
Residents were out to make a stand in a photo to save their bus from possible future cuts next year.
The Mendip Male Voice Choir will be singing at St Mary’s Church on Monday, December 3rd starting at 7.30pm.
Free entry, a collection will be taken.
Buses in Timsbury Meeting 5th November Notes
38 members of the public attended to discuss the issue with the Parish Council.
Residents described many ways that the new 179 service is inadequate and has disrupted their lives and demanded action to improve the situation and provided contact details to be kept involved.
Villagers spoke of the anxiety they face over losing jobs that require them to be in Bath on Sundays and the difficulty they will face on Saturdays and during the week. One group of children at St Gregory’s School now have to wait one hour and 20minutes at a bus stop to get home each day. College students face a two hour wait before starting college and after their courses finish. On a Saturday one mother faced a two-hour journey to get into Bath with her toddler and young child. Another villager said their partner now struggled to get to his job in Welton. And one teenager may lose his Apprenticeship.
Chris Gittins the Parish Clerk explained the main facts of what has happened:
The Parish Council has been working for some months to ensure the future of bus services including lobbying B&NES and the West of England Mayor to support Franchising of services. They are seriously considering this because in Franchising they could say what groups of services are needed and put it out to contract as a franchise, including some cross-funding of non-commercial services by profitable ones – this is what happens in London and would work for us. But this will take some years to set up.
Then suddenly First Bus gave their required minimum 10 weeks’ notice to B&NES to cut the 179 bus, saying it is not commercially viable. First is a large company who just works commercially and has no commitment otherwise.
B&NES now employs only one person on public transport after cutting staff.
B&NES responded by paying First to continue a reduced 2 hourly service from 28th October by diverting some B&NES subsidy to continue a service on Monday to Friday and nothing on Sunday. Also, they funded Arleen Coaches to run a one bus in & out on Saturdays. This arrangement will be ‘under review’ in August, after which we fear that there will be no further funding to support this arrangement.
The 768 service is also limited in usefulness due to its route and timetable.
Rosemary Naish from Clutton Parish Council suggested that all relevant village Parish Councils could set up a community bus in case the service is lost in August, using ‘106 Agreement’ funds from house building in Clutton. It would be under a ‘section 22 permit’.
This was generally supported but with many questions about access to Midsomer Norton and Radstock rather than Clutton, the suitability for workers, school children, students, shoppers and other users, ticketing, costs and integration with other services. Although it is worth investigating, the current larger bus is often full, and it would not be enough for an already overused service during rush hours nor many other bus users’ needs in Timsbury or other villages.
Also, the Parish Council are meeting next week with Priston Parish Clerk to discuss the potential for car share using rideshare apps which may help users for gaps in services.
Somerset Senior Cup holders Nailsea and Tickenham are out of this year’s competition after being beaten 2-1 away by Division 1 Timsbury Athletic. After going two up in the first half the home side lost keeper Charlie Phillips to injury just before the interval but central defender Ben Hancock did a good job in the second period as the home side defended well.
After Scott Pilgrim had shot just over for the visitors Jem Lutwama gave Timsbury a tenth minute lead. A short free-kick from Hancock to Jack Nix saw the latter cross into the area and Lutwama was on hand to steer the ball home. Ollie Carter also cleared the bar for Nailsea before Lutwama doubled the lead on 20 minutes after being set up by Rhys Cook.
Cook himself could have added to the lead but shot over. At the other end Tyler Manning saw a free-kick blocked by the home rearguard while an effort from Toby Neilson for Timsbury was deflected just wide. Close to half-time Luke Osgood went up with Phillips and headed just past a post but Phillips came down heavily and had to be carried off.
Early in the second half Chris Midgley saw his shot saved at the near post by visiting keeper George Shanks-Boon but as Nailsea upped the momentum Chris Gale struck just wide and Osgood hooked his effort wide. Cook raced clear for the home side but his shot was well wide before Nailsea pulled a goal back after 65 minutes when Gale hammered an unstoppable shot past Hancock.
The goalkeeper then blocked a goal-bound effort from Osgood before Timsbury came within a fraction of adding to their lead when Cook volleyed against the woodwork. Hancock did well to deal with a testing free-kick from substitute Josh Benjamin and Timsbury had to hold their nerve in a tense period of stoppage time. Osgood headed against the bar during that period but Timsbury survived for a famous victory.
Star Man Matt Brooks (Timsbury Athletic)
Timsbury were largely the architects of their own downfall losing 2-0 away at Somerton in this Somerset County Div 1 match in a game that they probably deserved at least a point.
Playing with the advantage of both the slope and a strong wind meant that the early exchanges took place in the Somerton half, Bishop had an early shot from the edge of the box tipped around the post by Somerton keeper Haynes. Soon after Heatley saw his free kick from fully 25 yds rattle the cross bar with the keeper well beaten. After 10 minutes Timsbury lost their influential midfield player Hancock to a calf injury giving the Somerton team a chance to gain a foothold.
Meadon had their first shot at goal which flew wide, then a Scrivens free kick was easily saved by Phillips in the Timsbury goal. Timsbury dominated possession without really looking like scoring, then on 25 minutes they gifted the home side a chance to take the lead when a mix up on the half way line led to Meadon running through on goal before being fouled on the edge of the box. Scriven took the free kick which somehow ended up in the back of the net to make it 1-0. Timsbury tried to respond but due to Somerton’s resolute defending, were restricted to shots from distance which did not trouble the home keeper.
Despite playing into the wind in the second half Timsbury continued to dominate, with the pace of Cook and Midgeley causing problems for the home defence. The game was delayed for a nasty clash of heads between Midgeley and Westlake with both returning to the game heavily bandaged.
Despite the pressure on the home goal, Timsbury were thankful when a rare Somerton attack ended with a goal line clearance from Hancock. Heatley saw his volley from the edge of the box fly inches over the bar, then a Cook goal-bound shot was deflected wide. Midgeley worked tirelessly running at the home defence despite his earlier knock and deserved better for his endeavours.
The game was summed up in the last five minutes when a Taylor cross from the right was met by the head of Brooks only see it hit the underside of the bar and bounce out to safety. Then, with Timsbury throwing caution to the wind, they were caught on the break when a cross from the left found Brown unmarked at the far post to make the final score 2-0.
Star Man Chris Midgeley (Timsbury)
Loves Hill and Bungays Hill are scheduled for temporary closure between Tuesday November 6th and Saturday November 10th.
Duct installation, for fibre optic broadband, will be carried out on or near the road by Telent Infrastructure Services on behalf of Gigaclear. The road will only be restricted as and when traffic signs are in position and only for so long as is necessary to execute the works.
Local diversions will be installed at each location.
Timsbury Athletic produced their best performance of the season to comprehensively beat league leaders Bridgwater Town Reserves 4-0 at home in the Somerset County League Division 1. It was a top all-round display in a thoroughly entertaining match.
Timsbury took the lead after 10 minutes when a long ball into the visitors’ area caused mayhem and Jesse Bishop was on hand to poke the ball home. A long shot from Toby Neilson went just wide of the Bridgwater post while at the other end an effort from Jacob Mead was easily held by Timsbury keeper Charlie Phillips. A searching cross from the left found Jack Nix unmarked at the far post but his shot struck the Bridgwater woodwork. Ellis Hancock twice came close for Timsbury before Josh Gracie came within inches of equalizing on the stroke of half-time with a powerful header that rattled the bar before being cleared.
Early in the second half a crisp shot from Hancock flashed just over the bar and a testing cross from Cam Birch was only just too high for the visitors. Timsbury went two up on the hour. Rhys Cook broke clear only to hit the post but Jem Lutwama picked up the rebound and showed great composure before shooting past James Annison in the visitors’ goal.
Bridgwater were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box but Birch put his effort wide. Cook broke clear once more for the home side but his cross just evaded the approaching Lutwama. At the other end Phillips did well to save a goal-bound effort from Liam Winter. Chris Midgley missed a great opportunity to increase the home advantage when he shot over from close range but the third goal was not long in coming with teenager Toby Neilson racing clear before calmly shooting past Annison. One minute into stoppage time Hancock put Lutwama through and the striker capped a top display with a clinical finish.
Star Man Jem Lutwama (Timsbury Athletic)
The first proper open session will be on Monday, November 26th between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
On Monday December 3rd the first Parent and Baby session will be held between 9.45am and 11.45am.
A Pre-Schoolers Singing/Storytime session will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2.15pm and 2.45pm and a Memories Group will meet on Tuesdays from 3.00pm.