Winterbourne Parish Council Report

Winterbourne Parish Council

Former Chairman David Fletcher has sadly passed away recently. David joined Winterbourne Parish Council (WPC) in 1991 and retired from WPC 28 years later in 2019 having served a number of years as Chairman. He was also a member of The Frenchay Preservation Society and also Chairman for a long period. He moved to Mangotsfield with his wife, Sue a few years back but was happy to continue with both duties for some years. He was passionate about Frenchay and its surroundings and helped shape, and more importantly preserve it’s character for which many residents will be grateful. He was a ‘character’ as a resident recently said to me and was also a keen amateur dramatics actor. Sue was secretary of FPS for many years and our thoughts are with her.

The current site for the Frenchay school on the common is partly packed ready as I am typing this for the move to the new school on the former Hospital site. I would like to wish headteacher Katherine Marks, the staff and the new pupils well for the transition to the new school which looks very impressive.

WPC have invested in purchasing new childrens’ play equipment at the Recreation Field in Winterbourne and at Hambrook Common and will be installed soon. The handover of the land to WPC of the former Frenchay Hospital open spaces is nearing completion and we hope it can be progressed soon, It has taken a lot of effort with delays which has been frustrating but the area continues to look good with various improvements and the new refurbished pond in the nature reserve may be finished by the time this goes to press.

Paul Kembery (Chairman WPC)