North Somerset Council Ukraine crisis information

The below is information provided by North Somerset Council in response to the crisis in Ukraine:

We stand with the people of Ukraine and everyone affected by the conflict and humanitarian crisis.

We’re flying the Ukrainian flag above our Town Hall and Castlewood offices as a mark of solidarity. We’ll also avoid buying items or services supplied from Russian companies and we’ve asked our suppliers and contractors to do the same. You can read more in our statement on Ukraine.

Here are some useful links to support for Ukrainian nationals, latest government advice and how you can help. 

Help for Ukrainian nationals

The latest information and guidance on the visa support available to Ukrainians and their family members is available on the website.

The Government has announced plans for a new sponsorship scheme to help Ukrainians without any family ties to the UK to come here. We are waiting for more information about this scheme.

UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals

Travel advice

The Government advises against all travel to Ukraine. The latest advice is available on the Foreign Office website.

Foreign Office Ukraine travel advice

How to help

Thank you to everyone who has been collecting and donating to help the people of Ukraine and everyone affected by the conflict.

Sadly, it looks as though aid and support will be needed for some time.

We’re working with Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) to support local communities to help Ukraine and to help make sure the right aid is available at the right time.

We’ll share information from VANS as soon as we can.

There are also a number of national and international organisations which you might like to donate to. Please do check the validity of any organisation you donate to – unfortunately there will always be scammers who try to take advantage of situations, including the Ukraine crisis. Here are some links to just some organisations:

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine humanitarian appeal

British Red Cross Ukraine crisis appeal

Ukrainian Red Cross

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)

Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain

Safe Life UA

Mental health support

With everything that’s happening you may be feeling anxious, angry, uneasy or low. We’ll all be feeling differently and that’s ok.

If you’re struggling, try to talk to someone you trust. Do things you enjoy, stay active and look after yourself. It’s important to feel informed and not overwhelmed. Try and find a way a way to take in the news that works for you.

You can find information about local support services and suggestions on how to manage your wellbeing on our mental health pages.

look after your mental health

Other sources of support and advice

We’re proud of the strengths in our community, and the vitality and benefits brought by our citizens from around the world.

We urge everyone in our North Somerset community to support each other with friendship, kindness and understanding.

Hate crime is unacceptable and should always be taken seriously. There is help and support available. You can find out more including how to report a hate crime and details of local support on the Safer Stronger North Somerset and Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) websites.

Safer Stronger North Somerset information about hate crime

Stand Against Racism and Inequality

If you’re wondering how to talk to your children about the crisis, BBC Newsround have some good resources on their website.

Children’s BBC Newsround – Ukraine news coverage

Further information can also be found on the UK Government website


Precinct wall map

The Parish Council’s precinct improvement group volunteers have been hard at work putting together an updated Precinct wall map. You can view this here: (please download if you wish to zoom into a small scale to study every detail.)

We will be sending the design to the printers on the 18th March and would value the input of all local residents to double check that all elements are in the correct places / correctly labeled, are you happy with the icons used in the key? etc. If there are elements missing which you feel are important to be included please let us know. We have deliberately chosen not to name any businesses or places that may change in the next 5 – 10 years.

You can give us your comments by filling out the online form here:  or you can see the printed copy (at 50% scale) in the resource centre until Thursday 17th March and leave your comments on the feedback forms which will be provided.


Thank you for your input.

The Precinct Improvement Group Volunteers.


Portishead, Weston & Pill Fairtrade Coffee Afternoon

Date: Friday 25th February, 4pm

The speaker will be Sue Errington, from Fairtrade Devon, with a presentation about the Twongerekawa Fairtrade Coffee Co-operative, in Rwanda, and the challenges to them of climate change.

Chair: Rosie Thayer.

Log in details:

Meeting ID: 884 6423 1382 Passcode: 334511

Please come and join us with a cup of your favourite Fairtrade coffee.
If you have difficulties logging on, please phone 01392 833974


Weather Warning for this Friday 18th February 2022

Please be aware:

Major winter storm to coincide with high spring tides.

This is likely to mean flooding in the low-lying bits of the village:  people in a few houses might want to move stuff up, and it might be wise not to leave cars parked around Victoria Park etc.

Please check vulnerable neighbours and keep up to date by checking local radio and online information regularly.

Also, please check that there aren’t things that can fly around, as far as that’s possible to check.

For more info on this weather warning, see the Met Office website:


Cancellation of Parish Council Meeting on 13th December

The Parish Council meeting of Monday 13th December has been cancelled as there is no pressing or immediate business and several apologies have already been received. The PC is also aware of the changing  situation regarding COVID and hopes this early notice gives everyone certainty in planning their own arrangements.


Parish Council news: November

Parish Clerk & Resource Centre Manager

Julie Smart, our Parish Clerk and Resource Centre Manager, is not currently available. Please see reception for assistance. Details for contacting The Parish Council will be made available shortly. Thank you. Paul Kent. 25/11/21.

Parish Councillor news

Congratulations to Kate Kirkby and to Ellie Blaney who were co-opted on to the Parish Council at our meeting on 22/11/21. We look forward to working with them and we are confident that they will bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm with them.

The Parish Council also recorded our thanks to Nona Dawson who has resigned after for many years of service. Nona has contributed in many positive ways with special commitment to the issues concerning women and young people and, more recently, the protection of our local footpaths. The vacancy has been publicised on the Resource Centre window and the closing date is 7th December 2021.

Welcome Back Fund Coordinator

Congratulations to Lucy Byrne who has been appointed as the Project Coordinator of the Welcome Back Fund on behalf of the Parish Council. The Parish Council was awarded a grant of £18,000 for “the beautification of The Precinct “ and Lucy will be organising various exciting and colourful projects between now and the end of March 2022. If you are interested in helping please contact Lucy on


New Parish Councillor

Pill & Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council welcomes Mr Jeff Stott-Everett as the new Councillor for Pill Ward, who was recently elected to the Parish Council without contest.  Congratulations Jeff!


Welcome Back Fund Project Co-ordinator (self-employed) required

Welcome Back Fund. The fund will be used to purchase items to beautify the Pill Precinct and surrounding areas to encourage community use.

We are seeking a self-employed person, who has immediate availability, to lead and co-ordinate the detailed implementation of this grant. We expect this will be about 15 days work to end of March 2022. The role will engage and consult with local community groups where necessary, liaise with a number of different stakeholders and ensure timely purchase, delivery of items in line with procurement policy. A report and detailed expenditure will be required for project end. The person will publicise progress, promote use of items and any activities through a range of channels. Local Pill community knowledge and engagement would be an advantage.

To apply submit a short personal statement (max 500 words) including your daily rate, your contact details and one referee details, via email to Julie Smart at by Friday 5 November 5 p.m.

This role is funded by the European Regional Development Fund accessed through the Government’s Welcome Back to the highstreets scheme.

For the job description please download this document:

Interview date: Friday 12 November (Zoom or in person format to be decided)

For further information about the bid please contact:


Parish Council meeting cancellation: 25th October

In response to the  sharply rising numbers of COVID  in North Somerset the meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 25th October at 7.30pm in The Church Room at Christ Church, Pill has been cancelled. Any decisions that need immediate attention will be taken under emergency powers and remaining business will be held over until the next Parish Council meeting on November 22nd


Our Great Big Green Day: 18th September

The Great Big Green Week is probably the largest series of community events ever organised to focus on climate and nature in the UK. 

So… here in the village we are having our own Great Big Green Day on September 18th! 

We will be celebrating how groups in the village , and the Parish Council, are taking action to tackle climate change, protect our green spaces ,and care for our planet and its biodiversity.

Over twenty local groups will be taking part, and the morning will have activities and displays in the precinct, along with the official opening of our wonderful Community Fridge.  You can have a go on a smoothie bike and enjoy Fairtrade refreshments at the Salvation Army.

The afternoon is a great chance to visit places all over the village to see what different groups are doing, and we can all end up at the Community Centre for tea and cakes.

You might like to visit the allotments or Brookside, or a new wildflower garden for example, and there is a quiz to do as you go round with activities for all ages.

We have an interactive map which will guide you round the sites and give you more information.

So… go to Our Great Big Green Day page to use the interactive map, or download a printable map below, then you can join in!

Look out on social media for the hashtag #PillOGBGD to stay up to date with what is happening on the day!