Welcome to the website of Clapton-in-Gordano Parish Council

Clapton in Gordano is a rural village in North Somerset close to Portishead and Clevedon.

Its most famous building is the Black Horse pub named around the time of the thriving local coal industry.

There are numerous listed buildings – mainly ancient Somerset farms. Clapton Court Farm dates from the 15th century and the Church of St Michael dates from Norman times.

See also the Wikipedia.

The Parish Council has six members and meets every two months usually on the third Thursday at 7.30 pm in a room at the Black Horse. Dates of meetings may vary according to public notice. Members of the public are most welcome to attend and may speak during the public participation item of the agenda. Parish Council Meeting Dates.

Notices

Carols Around the Village Christmas Tree: Saturday 16 December 2017 – 5.00 pm

Wrap up warmly and come sing carols with gusto around the village Christmas tree (outside the Black Horse).  All villagers most welcome, including families with children.  The tree will be (felled), erected and decorated earlier in the day.

Carol Service at St Michael’s Church: Sunday 17 December 2017 – 3.00 pm

Wrap up warmly (again) to celebrate Christmas at this year’s village carol service in St Michael’s Church, with tea and mince-pies served afterwards

Broadband Update

Gigaclear has been awarded the contract for the next part of broadband roll-out in North Somerset.  Detailed plans are not yet available (but it’s hoped they will be shortly).  In the meantime, residents are encouraged to visit the Gigaclear website and register an interest through the postcode checker.

Bell-Ringing at St Michael’s Church: Saturday 16 December 2017 – 10.00 am

A group of bell-ringers is intending to ring a full peel (which will take about three hours) on Saturday 16 December 2017 at St Michael’s Church.  Many residents will enjoy hearing this.  However, the ringers are aware that the sound can be intrusive for some, and will use some sound-insulation measures.  The refurbishment of the bells has been well received by the local, and wider, bell-ringing community, leading to more regular ringing than previously.

Portishead Branch Line Consultation

MetroWest are consulting about re-opening of the Portishead branch line.  The consultation closes on 4 December 2017.  There will be public exhibitions of the proposal at various venues over the coming weeks.  Full details can be found on the consultation page of the TravelWest website.

 

Control of Ragwort Spread

Under The Weeds Act 1959, landowners are required to take action to prevent the spread of specified weeds, including ragwort, which can present a risk to horses.  The website of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) provides useful guidance about how its spread can be controlled.