Preservation Society mid-year report

Frenchay Preservation Society

The caption on the front cover of the April edition of Community News reads “Up and Running Again” - perhaps hinting at the beginning of some kind of return to a post-Covid normality.

I am drafting this piece whilst waiting for my second booster jab at the GP surgery, which reminds me that we are still waiting for news of a Doctor’s surgery on this side of the river Frome… No news either, on a firm date for the handover of the Village Green Land, to be known as Frenchay Parklands.

So, one way and another, not much to report at the half-year mark. However, I hope that by the traditional date of our AGM in November, we may have some good news to celebrate on Frenchay Parklands, the opening of the new Primary School and perhaps even an update on further health provision in Frenchay!

Meanwhile, may I draw your attention to an Online Consultation by South Gloucestershire concerning “A vision for the north fringe”, which is defined as an area between the northern edge of the City of Bristol and the M4 & M5 motorways. This area is seen as important for the region’s economy and whilst many would like to preserve the distinction that ‘Frenchay is not in Bristol’ we need to be conscious of others who, when taking a regional view, see us as part of the north fringe - so we need to keep a watchful eye!

The website can be found at

Finally, I trust that everyone will find something to enjoy during the summer months in Frenchay, with our various events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations & the return of the Flower Show; also, just enjoying the magnificent green open spaces on our doorsteps - such as The Common & Tuckett Field.

Best wishes, Hugh Whatley (Chair - FPS).