Uphill Village’s celebrations for HM’s Platinum Jubilee! 

On the Thursday evening many hundreds gathered on Uphill Hill to see the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon by a representative of the Queen via the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset , the Town Mayor and her consort, the Chair of North Somerset Council and the Chair of the organisers, Uphill Village Society.

On the Saturday evening there was a full house at St Nicholas Church for a Jubilee Prom Concert provided by Worle Wind Band although Paddington was not in attendance as he was otherwise engaged at the Palace. Even the outside of the church was illuminated in red, white and blue.

On Sunday the Picnic in the Park sadly had to be cancelled (the ground was too wet to picnic and by 3 o’clock the rain was coming down) but the village still partied – in their own front gardens, in the street and in the church. The streets and houses had plenty of bunting and the church gave a tremendous welcome to all who set foot inside not to mention the cakes and scones. The spread there was amazing with all who attended appreciative of the other goodies on offer. Well done everyone who organised the event there. 

And how Uphill partied elsewhere! With various roads putting on their own street party and what fun they had  – the raw egg throw and catch in one road looked great fun, unless you were unlucky to have the egg break when you caught it.


Her Majesty would be delighted to know Uphill celebrated her 70 year reign so well!

Table top sale donation to Weston Hospicecare

As a result of the recent tabletop sale held across the village the Village Society has been able to make a donation of £459 to Weston Hospicecare. In addition various residents have donated the proceeds from the sale to the charity as well. This very successful event will hopefully be repeated on at least a annual basis.

Our photograph shows Stewart Castle, Chair of the Village Society and Marie Keele, Trustee  and organiser of the sale making the presentation of the cheque.


The first of seven trees being planted to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been put in place by the Village Society in the Bluebell Field with the agreement of The Woodland Trust.


Two further sites have been identified for the remaining six trees to be planted during the planting season at the end of this year, adjacent to the seats in Ellesmere Road and at Kynfton Close entrance. Four other sites are now needed and suggestions are invited. Please send to info@uphillvillage.org.uk or to speak to any Village Society trustee

Membership 2022

Uphill Village Society


To join the Society, receive your free copy of Uphillviews and help Keep the Village in Uphill please make payment now. Minimum donation £6.00 per household for 2021 or £10 for 2020 & 2021

Please complete membership form and return, along with a gift aid form (available to download here) if possible to the membership secretary or any committee member. Alternatively payment can be made by bank transfer as shown

Please make payment to: Uphill Village Society

℅ Carole Fisher, Membership Secretary,

51 Uphill Road South, Uphill. Telephone 01934 415115

Email: membership@uphillvillagesociety.org.uk OR by

Bank Transfer to: Uphill Village Society, Sort code: 30 99 51 Account number: 01450280 quoting surname and first line of address as reference.


North Somerset Local Plan

Challenges for the future

North Somerset Council are starting the process of preparing a local plan to shape investment and infrastructure funding to support new homes, workplaces and local facilities for the next 15 years and beyond.

This is the council’s opportunity to plan for new homes of the right type, at an affordable price, in the right places, to meet the needs of the people who live here now and in future.

Last summer the council carried out a consultation called ‘Challenges for the future’ to start the discussion about what issues you think need to be addressed in the Local Plan.

The consultation ran from 22 July to 2 September 2020 and the council received over 3,000 comments from a wide range of people across the district (including residents, businesses, house builders, service providers, interest groups and town and parish councils).

Consultation and feedback

The feedback received has been set out in a Consultation Statement which outlines how and who were consulted and summarises the responses.

The comments can be viewed on the online consultation page:

This feedback has been analysed and used to shape the priorities for the Local Plan and will help with the next stage of preparing the plan:

This is all about looking at alternative approaches for where new housing, employment and community uses might go over the next 15 years and which are the broad locations which best reflect your priorities

Draft plan 2021

This version of the plan will be a full plan with detailed polices on the approach to various forms of development. It will replace the current Core Strategy, Development Management Plan and Site allocations Plan. It will set out the council’s overall spatial strategy – where it thinks growth should be encouraged within North Somerset. It will allocate sites to meet this growth as well as the infrastructure, jobs and services North Somerset will need.

The council will seek views on this in 2021.

The Village Society will look closely to see how the proposed plan will effect uphill. Anyone with views or comments to make on issues raised today should address them to secretary@uphillvillagesociety.org.uk or address them to the council direct.


Uphill Pubs – Assets of Community Value

We are pleased to announce that the Village Society’s nominations for both public houses in Uphill, The Dolphin and The Ship, to be listed as Assets of Community Value have both been successful.

The two pubs have now be added to the List of Assets of Community Value, which is published on North Somerset Council’s website, and will remain on the list for five years after which time they will be removed.

Pubs that are listed as Assets of Community Value require a planning application to change their use or demolish them.  

Whilst listed as Assets of Community Value, should the owner of either pub decide to sell they must inform North Somerset Council of their intention to do                         so.  The Uphill Village Society would then have up to six weeks to express an interest in becoming a potential bidder to buy the asset and then a further four and a half months to raise the funds required to purchase the asset.

At the end of the six month period, the owner would be able to sell it to whoever and at whatever price they choose.

In making the application we took advice from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) who were able guide as towards the most relevant aspects which are considered when considering these applications; we also kept both of the pub tenants informed of the process.

Even before the current pandemic, pubs around the country have been closing at an alarming rate and as such CAMRA have been encouraging locals to have their pubs registered as Assets of Community.  Now that both of our locals are registered it can only be good news for the village as it makes it more unlikely that either could be sold off for development.  It is also reassuring that North Somerset Council recognised that both pubs are quite unique in their own ways.    

Uphillviews advertising


The village magazine for Uphill, UPHILLVIEWS is published three times a year in Aprill, August and December. With 36 pages and in full colour it is distributed free to all members of the Village Society and available  to purchase locally.


For 2021, advertising rates for Uphillviews, will be:

Small ( A7 landscape)                   £33 per annum            £12 per issue

Medium (A6 portrait)                    £60 per annum            £23 per issue

Large (A5 landscape)                    £115 pa per annum     £40 per issue

Whole Page (A4 portrait)              £200 pa per annum     £80 per issue

(for three issues of magazine – 1 April, 1 August and 1 December in full colour – copy by 15th of preceding month please)

The magazine is distributed free tool members of the Uphill Village Society (500/600 village households) and available to purchase locally. If you wish to advertise please email your copy to info@uphillvillagesociety.org.uk with size required and your will be invoiced accordingly. (Design service available if require

Calling Uphill’s Home Businesses

 With the Government asking us to stay at home there has been no better time or need to shop local and support home businesses. 

As in many towns and villages there must be lots of businesses being run from home going unnoticed locally and therefore missing out on valuable trade to be found on their doorstep.

Do you run such a business? If you do and would like to increase support from your local community then Uphill Village Society would like to know with a view to compiling a Home Business Directory for Uphill to increase awareness for residents of what is available to them locally not just during the current health crises but as we hopefully return to a level of normality.

Send details of what service or goods you provide with your contact details to:



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