The 10th Great Uphill Scarecrow Festival 2017

All is set for the Great Uphill Scarecrow Festival organised by the Uphill Village Society and taking place over the weekend of 10th and 20th September 2015and this year enjoying it’s 10th anniversary.
The event remains a highlight of the village calendar and residents are sure to be busy building their scarecrow for display based this year on the theme of “Telly Addicts”. A chance to display a favourite characters from the whole world of television. From Comedies and Soap Operas to Documentaries and children’s favourites.
The weekend will start with the judging of the School entries on the Friday afternoon and which will then be displayed within the school garden in front of the old school house. The Town Mayor has been invited to tour the village over the weekend and afternoon cream tea can be taken on Sunday afternoon at St. Nicholas Church with refreshments being served all day on the Saturday at the Methodist Church.
Family entertainment provided at the Primary School Hall on the Saturday evening from Retro Electric has already sold out well in advance.
Village Society Chair, Stewart Castle said, “Ten years ago when I suggested a scarecrow festival for the village as part of the Weston Arts Festival it was thought we might see 10 or 20 entries. Instead we saw over 100 and we have kept at that number ever since, from small children’s offering to big commit tabloids. All is set now for another great weekend of fun and enjoyment in Uphill. We are certain, yet again to see a spectacular and impressive display of scarecrows for residents and visitors to enjoy. Uphill really will be the place to be over the festival weekend.”


CLICK her for help on building a scarecrow – Making a scarecrow

Download a copy of the trail leaflet – Trail leaflet


Uphill Tidal Trail – Important Information

The following important information is supplied by North Somerset Council:

The recent improvements to the path along Uphill Tidal Trail have been completed as part of the extension of route 33 of the National Cycle Track, this permissive section of the route uses the footpath along the trail to join the road free sections for a pleasure route between Weston super Mare and Brean.
The development of this section of the track has been a joint venture between North Somerset Council, Greenways and Cycleroutes limited, in consultation with Natural England and the Uphill village Society. The path has already proved to be very popular!
The route takes visitors through part of Uphill Nature Reserve, managed by North Somerset Council, and Walborough Nature Reserve, managed by Avon Wildlife Trust. Both of whom are delighted with the improvements to the site and pleased that so many new people are now taking the opportunity to enjoy these sites.
Uphill Hill and Walborough are beautiful sites which are nationally important for their associated wildlife and plants. Both are designated Sites of Scientific Interest for their calcareous grassland and Carboniferous Limestone, and we both work closely with Natural England to ensure the sites are preserved and managed correctly and sensitively. This also means that both sites are grazed throughout the year. Uphill Hill is also a Green Flag site which is a mark excellence for well managed open spaces.
As part of this section of route 33’s development permissive cycling status was granted to the existing footpath. As such we ask cyclists to take extreme care when travelling through and remember this section is a footpath first and foremost. Many people already enjoy the area for its stunning views and wildlife/plants and as such the path will often have a high number of other users, including dogs and children and cattle! We ask that cyclists approach slowly and be respectful of other users. Taking into account the important grassland we ask cyclists stay to the track only and do not cut across the grass where there is no vehicle access.
Taking into consideration that these sites are grazed throughout the year there are gates through the site to protect areas of the site from the cattle and more importantly keep the cattle safely within the areas that they need to graze. Please ensure that all gates are left shut correctly after use and if you are using a mobility scooter and have taken advantage of the RADAR locks these are always left locked and secure after use.
Thank you for your consideration and we hope you continue to enjoy the sites! If you have any questions please not hesitate to contact NSC on 01934 888 802

Youth Events in Uphill



Provision for Young People in Uphill

The Uphill Village Society is keen to see if any improvement can be made to the, at present rather limited provision that exist for young people in the village.

Uphill Village Society Chair, Stewart Castle says, “Not only must we look at facilities and resources, we must also invest in young people themselves. We have some great youngsters in the village who have often made requests for help in providing better facilities. Giving a young person responsibility, and a chance to influence decision-making, and you will be surprised what a great job they can do for themselves. The youth club that ran in the village some years ago so successfully albeit for a limited period was an example of this.

The Uphill Village Society is keen to engage  with young people themselves  to find out what provisions they would like in the village and could benefit from and working with North Somerset Coast YMCA recently held two successful taster taster sessions in the village . This will now be used as the basis for setting up more permanent activities in the village. Details will be published as soon as finalised.

For those unable to attend suggestions can be made via email to


New Book: Uphill Remembers the Great Flood of 1981



The highest tidal levels in the last century were recorded on 13 December 1981 along the Somerset and Avon coastline. A high spring tide of 7.95m AOD (above Ordnance datum) was recorded at Bridgwater with a 1.45m surge. The predicted tide had been 6.5m AOD with a 0.38m surge. At Weston-super-Mare and Avonmouth, the predicted tides were 7.2m AOD. The actual tides recorded were 8.10m AOD at Weston-super-Mare and 8.83m AOD at Avonmouth, with a 1.7m surge. The tides combined with storm force westerly winds – gale force 8 to 10, up to 50 knots.

The children of years 5 and 6 at Uphill Community Primary School in Uphill village, Weston-super-Mare investigated the causes and effect of the 1981 flood in the village.

With help from Uphill Village Society the school has published a selection of articles and photographs from their project provides a memory of that devastating event.

Available at Uphill News or direct from the school at a cost of only £1.

Uphill 2017 / 2018 Calendar

Following the success of the 2017 calendar sales (over 200) the Village Society is now looking for photographs to showcase the village in the 2018 edition.

Possible photographs for inclusion should be sent in high resolution format to

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