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Watch schemes are a popular way for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in working together in the community.  Watch schemes operate all over the country and can:

Reduce crime and the opportunities for crime

Help and reassure vulnerable residents

Encourage good neighbourliness and closer communities

A watch scheme is a community led initiative that brings people together to address local crime and other community issues.  A successful watch scheme requires close liaison between residents, the local police and other agencies.

A watch scheme can be large covering most households on an estate, or it may involve just a few local residences.

You may already be living in an area with an active scheme, in order to find out please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) who will be able to tell you if there is one.

You can also use the postcode search on the National Neighbourhood and Home Watch website and if there is a group in your area listed you will be able to contact the scheme co-ordinator to find out about joining.


Uphill Scarecrow Festival 2020

In these uncertain times the one certainty there was this year is that nothing would stop the Great Uphill Scarecrow Festival Over the weekend of 19 and 20 September there were scarecrows to be seen all over the village of Uphill in North Somerset, bringing colour, vibrancy and fun to the many hundreds who took the scarecrow trail and toured the village over the two festival days.

This, the 13th such festival had the theme of “Anything Goes” giving the opportunity for any character to put in an appearance that would give fun and enjoyment in these troubled times. The scarecrows were only intended as a one-off event 13 years ago as part of the Weston-super-Mare arts festival but the practice seems to have stuck.

Stewart Castle, instigator of the festival and chair of Uphill Village Society which organises the event said. “Everyone gets involved. On both days more scarecrows appear,” says Stewart, whose own scarecrows of some fun loving circus clowns came to life “I love the surprised look on people’s faces when they tour the village and come across the different scarecrows all over the place, from front gardens to roof tops and windows.”

Sadly this year the two village churches could not offer their usual refreshments stops but all is set for the return of the festival in 2021with that years theme shortly to nee announced in the village magazine.

So what happens to all the scarecrows? A few will be stowed in attics and sheds ready for a costume change next year while some are dismantled and disposed of. None, alas, ever get to scare any crows. 

Look out for pictures of all the scarecrows in the special supplement to the winter edition of the village magazine, Uphillviews out 1 December 2020


Uphill Play Area

Understandable concern has been expressed at the current state of the play areas adjacent to St Nicolas Church.
For some time the Village Society has been working with the Town Council to see necessary improvements and safety work carried out both to the play equipment and surrounding compounds.
Prior to the lockdown in March work had been agreed which will see the fencing replaced, play equipment repaired, the safety surfaces repaired and additional seating and little bins provided. For understandable reasons this work could not be started at that time but is now a priority. 
The Town Council has started to receive delivery of the pieces of play equipment from the manufacturers and work will  begin soon.
Somerset Wood Recycling have all of the wood ordered, some of which they have but not all as there is a delay in France which is holding up many people and have been told by Fountain Forestry who are supplying the wood that it should be here in the next couple of weeks.
Sadly the condition of the area has not been assisted by increased vandalism and the amount of litter left by users. Volunteers from the society attempt to keep this under control but the situation would be helped by users taking their litter  home, teaching their children to do the same and reporting any vandalism to the police.
The Council is liaising with the Community Response Team at North Somerset Council who has upped their patrols of the area.

Residents who see evidence of unsocial behaviour are asked to report this to the police.

Neighbourhood Watch: Police – Details as follows:
Your local Police Beat team are the Bournville One Team. The officers within that team who look after your area are as follows:
Sgt Colin Batchelor | PC Stephen Wakefield | PCSO Kellie Long | PCSO Spencer Poland
Your team can be contacted in the following ways:
1. Telephone 101 and ask for one of the team to make contact with you.
2.Go on Avon and Somerset police web page and go to your area and contact your local officer which will allow you to send an email
3. Email our team inbox:
Please note, these contacts are not to be used to report crime/crime related incidents. These will still have to be done on 999 for emergencies or 101 for non-emergencies.

The following guidance has been issued by Weston-super-Mare Town Council:

Press release – Park opening information from Weston Town Council

We have been working hard to make our play areas as safe as possible and for them to fit into the government regulations to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Please be aware our play areas will not be sanitised. Therefore, we need your help to project all the families who use the play areas.

When visiting our play areas, you need to consider the following guidance and advice to make your visit as safe as possible for you and others. Whilst using play areas, please abide by all current COVID guidance issued by the government. It is recognised that adherence to social distancing between individuals and households can be particularly difficult in a playground setting. This will mean that other ways of minimising transmission risk should also be considered and those who choose to use this play equipment should remain aware of the residual risk.

It’s ESSENTIAL you –

  • Check the current government guidelines on social distancing.
  • Wash your hands. We cannot sanitise all our play areas so you must wash your hands before, after and during play. Use hand sanitiser or wipes when at the park.
  • Consider others when playing. Take turns on equipment and keep your social distance.
  • The guidance issued by the government also offers further advice on how you can help keep safe and limit the spread of the virus –
  • If the park looks too busy to use in order to maintain social distance, please consider returning at a quieter time.
  • Maintain the current social distance measures at all times.
  • Consider cleaning where there are clear touchpoints such as swing rockers, before and after use.
  • We encourage you to bring hand sanitiser gel or wipes to clean children’s hands, as well as washing/sanitising hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds particularly at the beginning and end of play.
  • Try and not touch your face. Cough or sneeze into a tissue.
  • Please encourage children to not put their mouths on equipment or their hands in their mouths.
  • Parents, guardians or carers should dispose of all litter including any used protective wear such as face coverings or gloves properly in litter bins, taking it home where a bin is not provided or is full.



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Communications and Marketing OfficerT: 01934 632 567
E: Town Council
Grove House, Grove Park
Weston-super-Mare BS23 2QJ
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The Annual General Meeting of the Uphill Village Society  that was scheduled to be held in May had to be postponed due to COVID-19.
Under its constitution the Society is required to hold the AGM within 15 months of the previous one.  However, due to the current advice from Public Health England this will not be possible.
The Society has been in contact with the Charity Commission and they are happy for the AGM to be postponed until such time that it is deemed safe by Public Health England to hold such events.
The Charity Commission understands that this may well mean that an AGM is not held this year.  Following their advice the Society will ensure that the reasons for postponing the AGM and a copy of our accounts for last year are communicated to our members via our website and the next issue of the UVS magazine.
The current trustees of the charity are being invited to continue in post until the next election at the time of there next AGM
Please address any queries in relation to this issue to the Society’s Secretary at
The annual accounts for the society can be viewed here – CC16a_-_Receipts and Payments Simplified 2019



The summer edition of the village magazine, Uphillviews has been published is being distributed to all households in the village who are members of the Village Society.


Payment of the 2020 subscriptions (minimum donation £6 per household) remain due and can be paid by cheque payable to Uphill Village Society sent to 51 Uphill Road South, Uphill, BS23 4ST. Alternatively if you wish to make payment by bank transfer the UVS bank account details are: 

Uphill Village Society 

Sort code: 30 99 51

Account number: 01450280

Please use your surname and first line of address as a reference.

The Winter edition is due for publication on 1st December.


Flowers, Vegetables, Cakes, Crafts and a little bit more Uphill Village Show. 

After 74 years flowers, vegetables, cooking and crafts continue to be displayed at the Uphill Village Annual Show but this year with a difference!.

Originally organised by the Uphill Horticultural Society the annual Flower Show with entries, at times running into their hundreds brought a splash of colour and interest to the village and was one of the highlights of the village calendar.

In 2014 the Horticultural Society amalgamated with the Uphill Village Society but the show continued and with increased craft and cooking entries it lost the ‘Flower” from its title and became The Annual Village Show” with displays from local schools, exhibition pieces, all making a visit to the Victory Hall in Uphill over the two show days an  interesting and enjoyable event.

This year with the need for social distancing a show in a hall would not be possible but that has not been allowed to stop us. If Chelsea can do it so can Uphill!

The Uphill Village Show has gone VIRTUAL and will be available to enter and see via the village website and Social media pages.

Potential entrants are invites to submit photographs of the items they might otherwise have entered by sending them (in jpg or png format) to . If they don’t have access to the internet or don’t have a suitable camera they are invited to ask a friend or neighbour to take them – at a safe distance of course. The Village Society as organisers of the show still want their virtual entries this year and lots of them.

Village Society Chair, Stewart Castle said, “During the period of the lockdown we have not doubt that residents have all been working hard in their gardens and enjoying the fine weather and children in particular will have discovered new found craft skills. So we ask them to check the show schedule (available at for ideas but not to worry if what you would like to enter is not there we will be happy to see them anyway.

Remembering the need for  Mental Health Awareness and that positive images can ease anxiety in challenging times we look forward to receiving their photographs and to displaying them on  both the the village website and social media pages. 

Over what would have been the show days themselves, 24 – 26 July we ask them to display their entries in their windows or front gardens for everyone to see as they pass on their daily exercise”.

Whilst now prizes or trophys will be presented this year all those who enter will receive an illuminated certificate as a thank you for their efforts.

For further details contact Stewart Castle on 01934 415581



Please note that during these difficult and uncertain times various events in Uphill have been cancelled or postponed including;







We wish all residents well and refer them to the Village Society Facebook page for details of help and support needed or on offer.

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