Only a few weeks to go to the first ever Tickenham Open Gardens Day on Sunday 23rd June 2019.  There are some wonderful gardens in the village and TEN of them will be open to visitors who can expect a real treat including a national collection of passiflora and other climbers.  Each garden is very different and all have fantastic views.  Everyone is working hard, tidying pots, sweeping paths, despatching that big fat slug who’s eyeing the hostas and that dandelion clock that’s threatening to seed everywhere!  So do come along to support our village gardeners – and our two charities “Alive” and the Brown Rock Woodland Project.

Parking, tickets and refreshments (light lunches and cream teas) will be available at the village hall (where there is also a children’s play area);  limited parking will also be available at most of the gardens.  Entry is £3.50 which covers all the gardens, £1 for children under 16 and under 5s free.   You can purchase tickets in advance from Vena Prater on  07740 085 015, at the village hall on the day, and at the first garden that you visit.



About 150 Tickenham residents attended the public meeting on 2nd January to be informed about the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (November 2018). The Plan includes a proposal for a road from Hanham Way, Nailsea, to join the B3130 near Washing Pound Lane: it would carry hundreds more vehicles through the village to the M5 J20 at Clevedon.  So far as could be identified, all those present preferred a direct link road through the valley to J20 – as was proposed many, many years ago!  Obviously there are concerns about the impact of that route too, but it is unbelievable to think that a route through the heart of Tickenham is acceptable – or even sensible.  Such was the feeling at the meeting that an action group is likely to be formed to fight our corner!  A copy of the slide presentation from the public meeting is available on the Tickenham Parish Council page of this website.

Please watch the website for more information as another Plan – the Local Joint Spatial Plan which is really the transport detail of the overall JSP document – is likely to published for consultation in February.


Tickenham Parish Council is hosting a PUBLIC MEETING on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The Joint Spatial Plan (November 2018) transport report indicates a road from Hanham Way, Nailsea, winding round Tickenham Church and joining the B3130 near Washing Pound Lane. It is estimated that this will result in an ADDITIONAL 150 -300 passenger car units passing through Tickenham at peak morning times.   And, of course, additional traffic at other times too!

This meeting is your chance to air your views so that the Parish Council can respond on your behalf. A presentation will be made to explain the background to the Plan and the development proposals in Nailsea which have led to this proposal.

Members of the public may (in fact, should) respond as well and you can find the relevant document at www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk/consult.ti   Then go to Technical Evidence Work Consultation, November 2018 and look at document WED 008 (Emerging Findings Transport Report)   Then just underneath you will see ‘Click here to respond to this consultation.’

Or you can write to   West of England Joint Planning Consultation, c/o South Gloucestershire Council, PO Box 299, Corporate Research and Consultation Team, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood BS15 0DR

The Council was not informed of this proposal until December and the closing date for responses is 7th JANUARY so action is needed quickly. We look forward to seeing you on the 2nd January.


 The Council just been informed that there will be yet another document – the Joint Local Transport Plan – out for consultation in early February. Another opportunity to respond with your views.  The Parish Council is planning a public meeting but at this stage we are unable to confirm the date. We hope Cllr Nigel Ashton (NSC) will be joining us.  Please look out for more information in the February magazine, on the Parish Council notice boards and on this website.



Tickenham Church and the Parish Council are planning a special service on 11th November to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WW1 armistice.  We would like to make a cascade of poppies.  Down the church tower would be wonderful – but we will need hundreds, if not thousands, of poppies!   PLEASE HELP BY KNITTING OR CROCHETING as many as you can.  Please ask friends, relatives, colleagues, anybody you know, to help.  Even put it on Facebook!  The WI are already helping and the Christ Church, Nailsea,  craft group have offered to help too.

Here is a very easy knitting pattern:

You need red DK wool and 4mm needles
Cast on 60 stitches and knit 8 rows
Then knit two together across the next 3 rows
Then cut the wool off with about 8” left attached; thread it through a needle and thread the needle through all the stitches removing the knitting needle. Pull up so that the piece curls up.   Sew up into a crinkly circle.

For the centre: With black, cast on 15 stitches and knit one row.  Thread the wool through the stitches as above.  Pull into a circle, sew up and attach to the middle of the poppy.  Leave the woollen threads attached so that the poppies can be attached to a net.

More details of the commemoration later but for now it’s poppies all the way! PLEASE, PLEASE HELP.  We owe so much to those who suffered and gave their lives in that awful war: knitting a few poppies is the least we can do.  Poppies can be delivered/sent to 36 Clevedon Road, BS21 6RA

Thank you.






On 11th November 2018, Tickenham Church and the Parish Council will be marking the 100th anniversary of the WW1 armistice with a special commemoration.  Each fallen soldier will be remembered individually and there will be a special exhibition, poems and readings and we hope to make a cascade of poppies from the church tower.  For this, of course, we will need hundreds of poppies!  PLEASE HELP US by knitting or chocheting poppies.  There are lots of patterns on the internet and you can make a good number from just one ball of wool.  Or if you are unsure, ring Vena on 07740 085 015