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Parish Council Elections

Now is the time to think about standing for election to Publow with Pensford Parish Council.

Parish Council elections are on Thursday 4th May and so if you would like to put yourself forward as a candidate for election you need to fill in a nomination form and deliver it to the Guildhall in Bath, between the 21st March & 4th April (4pm). You can download a nomination pack here.

Meetings are one evening per month in the Pensford Village Hall– normally on the 2nd Monday of the month.   You can find more information about the role of a Parish Councillor on the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Website  MAKE A CHANGE (

You can view a YouTube webinar to support you as you fill in your nomination form.

Training will be given to successful candidates.

We look forward to welcoming you to the PC!

Photo ID needed to vote at May elections

On Thursday 4 May 2023, local elections are taking place in Bath and North East Somerset.  Changes to national legislation mean that voters will need to show photo ID when voting in person at a polling station.

You also need to make sure you are registered to vote first.

Are you on the Electoral Register?

You can check if you are on the electoral register by calling 01225 477333 or emailing the elections office at Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The deadline to register to vote for the May elections is Monday 17 April.  Residents can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate at the same time as registering to vote.

Postal Voting

Remember that the requirement to show photo ID only applies to people voting in person at a polling station.  If you choose to vote by post, you will not need to provide photo ID as you will not be permitted to vote at a polling station.

Voting at a Polling Station – types of photo ID that will be acceptedA wide range of photo ID will be accepted, including

  • passport
  • photocard driving licence
  • blue badge
  • older person’s bus pass (including Diamond Travel Card)
  • disabled person’s bus pass.
The full list of accepted forms of photo ID can be found on the Electoral Commission website or by calling 0800 328 0280.You can still use your photo ID even if it has expired, providing that the name is the same as on the electoral register and the photo is recognisably you.

What to do if you don’t have photo ID

Voters who don’t have an accepted form of photo ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate on the Government website or by completing a paper application form.

To request a paper form to apply for the Voter Authority Certificate, please contact Bath & North East Somerset Council by calling 01225 477333 or get in touch by email.

From 27 February, you can also apply for a Voter Authority Certificate in person at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s One-Stop-Shops at Lewis House in Baththe Library in Keynsham and The Hollies in Midsomer Norton.

To apply for the certificate, you need:

  • a passport-style photo*
  • full name
  • date of birth
  • the address at which you are registered to vote
  • your National Insurance number.

* if you are applying in person at the council offices, staff will be able to take a photograph to accompany your application.

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for the 4 May elections is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.

Age UK BANES is able to offer older people in our communities one to one support with applying online for voter photo ID.



Paintings and Drawings by Robert Bailey

Robert Bailey was an accomplished artist in his own right and this is another chance to own a very special piece of his artwork.

On behalf of Robert’s family, members of the Pensford Local History Group continue to sell individual pieces of work from a collection of over 150 paintings and drawings.

Following several very successful sales in Pensford and Publow, the remaining paintings will be travelling to Stanton Drew.  Proceeds from the sale of these artworks will go to All Saints’ Church and the PLHG.  Please bring cash on the day. 

You will find us on Saturday 13th May 2023 between 10:00am and 12:00pm at the Community Café inside St Mary the Virgin Church, Stanton Drew, BS39 4EJ.  


A detailed catalogue can be found here

Road Closure: Priestdown Lane, Publow 17th/18th May



Notice is given that Bath and North East Somerset Council in exercise of its powers under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 intends to make an order to the effect of which will be to temporarily introduce a road closure in that length of Priestdown Lane, Publow from its point outside Priestdown Farm extending north for approximately 65 metres. USRN: 47903931.

This order is required because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the road to enable National Grid to install a Transformer change on the 17th May 2023 for a maximum period of 2 days. The road will only be restricted as and when traffic signs are in position and may not be effected for the whole of the period but only for so long as is necessary to execute the works. This is anticipated to be for ONE DAY.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Priestdown Lane (remainder) – Woollard Lane – Hursley Lane – Black Rock Lane – Parsonage Lane – Vice versa

Link to

Applicant Details: Catherine Hewish
Telephone: National Grid – 0800 6783 105

Dated: 27th April 2023

Traffic Management Team
Lewis House
Manvers Street,

Chris Major
Director of Place Management


Climate and Nature Emergency Working Group (CNEWG) – Terms of Reference (Nov 2022)

Publow with Pensford Parish Council

Climate and Nature Emergency Working Group (CNEWG) Terms of Reference (Nov 2022)

The Parish Council has committed to working with local residents, Bath & North East Somerset Council (“B&NES) and other organisations to establish specific local initiatives that will contribute to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

B&NES has undertaken extensive research and used the results to prioritise the five most effective actions needed to achieve this aim:

1. Improving the energy efficiency of existing building stock through retrofitting, and allowing only zero carbon new builds.

2. Taking action to reduce transport emissions through reduced car use and the electrification of transport.

3. Investing in local renewable energy schemes.

4. Invest in tree planting and promote better land management to increase sequestration of carbon.

5. Protect and promote biodiversity, soil health, local food production and flood defence.

The Climate and Nature Emergency Working Group (CNEWG) exists to assist and advise the Parish Council, and the Councillor with direct responsibility for the climate and nature emergency, to put these proposed actions into practice through the following means:


• The Parish Council should consider the environmental impact of EVERY decision and action it takes, and the Councillor responsible for the climate and nature emergency should ensure that this happens on a meeting-by-meeting basis. The CNEWG can advise the Parish Council on how a decision or action could impact the environment, or put the Parish Council in touch with appropriate experts where necessary.


• The CNEWG will attend meetings, forums and training days that they have been advised of by the Parish Council, to gather information and advice from B&NES and partner organisations, and to feed this back to the PC or the CNE Councillor.

• The CNEWG will work with other local groups within Pensford and the surrounding area to help them take positive action on the Climate Emergency, and be a liaison between these groups and the Parish Council.

• CNEWG will feed back to the Parish Council via communication with the designated CNE Councillor.

Communication and Events

• The CNEWG will independently, following requests from the Parish Council, and in conjunction with other local groups, organise events and create communications to help parishioners take positive action on the climate and nature emergency,

• The CNE councillor will be informed of and invited to all meetings of the CNEWG.

• The Parish Council will support the group through individual Councillors attending and actively supporting initiatives, and through the communication tools available to the Parish Council.

The CNEWG isn’t responsible for single handedly initiating all the necessary actions to achieve carbon neutrality in the parish by 2030. Nor do the members have any knowledge or skills beyond those contained within the combined skillset of the PC members. But they can provide a hub or focus through which appropriate actions can be discussed or initiated and proposals disseminated throughout the parish.

The CNEWG is distinct from Pensford Initiatives, which is a separate body working to encourage community engagement with positive action for the climate and nature emergency.