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Locking church is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Includes a Local HIstory Exhibition about Locking village, the airfield and the former RAF camp with maps and photos. All visitors welcome. Free tea and biscuits on Thursday afternoons.

10.00am Sunday 26th March, St Augustines Church Centre, Locking
Do come along and bring your children, mums, grandmas, aunts and friends. All welcome! Flowers for all the ladies.

At St Augustine's Locking, as from February, the 4th Sunday of the month will be a ‘Celebration Sunday’. The service will be at 10am and will be held in the Church Centre. It will be informal and café style with coffee served and suitable for all ages. After the service everyone is invited to stay for a free lunch. Everyone is very welcome – come along and bring your friends and neighbours.

A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story, St Mary’s Hutton 7pm Saturday 8th April. Connecting the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with fracking and our housing crisis via the Enclosures and Industrial Revolution, the show draws a compelling narrative through the people’s history of Britain. Part TED talk, part folk club sing-a-long, come and share these tales as they have been shared for generations. Featuring: Robin Grey, Naomi Wilkins and Katherine Hallewell see http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/ for more information. Tickets £10 / £5 kids. Tickets from: Chris Wilkins 07818 484850, Mike Turnbull 01934 815305 or Mustard Seed coffee shop 01934 813716.

Meets in the main hall at St Augustine's Church Centre on Monday afternoons in school term times at 1.30 – 3.00pm:
Come and join us. We have lots of fun. £1 per family. Please contact Claire on 07553 933 936 for more information.

Meets in the Green Lounge at the Church Centre on Monday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon.
The Craft Club hours have been extended in January 2017 and it now runs from 9.30 am till 12.30 pm.

on 22nd April, 24th June, 28th October 2017 All at 9 am in Locking Church Centre Come and enjoy a full English breakfast with cereal and toast Also enjoy meeting new friends All men welcome – bring a friend If you would like to come along please ring the Benefice Office 822857

A new Weston Aviation Exhibition is due to open in the newly restored control tower complex on Weston airfield in March. It will cover the history of RAF Locking, Westland, Bristol Aerojet, Western Airways and other airfield activities. The Helicopter Museum, which has developed the exhibition, is now looking for volunteer wardens to help with visitors to the exhibition sharing their own memories and looking after the building. The aim is to build up a team of at least 10 individuals who can each give a minimum of 3 hours a week between 1030 and 1630 Wednesdays to Sundays and might be of especial interest to ex-service personnel or retired employees from the local aviation industry, or just those with an interest in aviation looking to get involved with the public in some way. If this of interest, please contact the Helicopter Museum on 01934 635227 and ask for Lee, or call in during opening hours to discuss the options.

1st Locking Scout Group have places available for Beavers age 6-8 , Cubs age 8-10 and Scouts age 10 - 14. If you are looking for activity clubs for your children where they can have fun and learn new skills come along! Contact Gareth Coombes Group Scout Leader on 01934 824083 or 07780 830966.

1st Locking Hurricanes Scouts meet in Locking Church Centre on Wednesdays 7.15pm-9.15pm, 1st Locking Spitfires Scouts on Thursdays 5.30pm-7.00pm, 1st Locking Tornados Beavers on Tuesdays 5.15-6.15pm, 1st Locking Harriers Cubs Tuesdays 6.30-8.00pm.
2nd Locking Guides, Locking Church Centre on Fridays 7.00-8.30pm
2nd Locking Brownies, Locking Church Centre on Wednesdays, 5.30 - 7.00pm
3rd Locking Brownies and Rainbows, Locking Church Centre on Mondays 6.00 - 7.15pm, tel: 07795 568041
2nd Locking Rainbows tel: 07480 140445

Parade services at 10am in St Augustine's church on Mothering Sunday, Promise Sunday, Harvest Festival and Remembrance Sunday.

Head Teacher: Joanne Jones Tel: 822867

School term dates:
Term 2: Mon 31/10/2016 To Fri 16/12/2016
Term 3: Wed 04/01/2017 To Fri 10/02/2017
Term 4: Mon 20/02/2017 to Fr 07/04/2017
Term 5: Mon 24/04/2017 to Fri 26/05/2017
Term 6: Mon 05/06/2017 to Fri 21/07/2017
Term 1: Mon 05/09/2017 to Fri 20/10/2017

Locking Primary School is situated approximately 4 miles outside of Weston Super Mare. We are fortunate to have very beautiful grounds which include large playing fields and a great variety of trees. We share our grounds with several squirrels that can often be seen in the trees or scurrying across the playground. We are a large school with a village ethos where everyone works together to ensure all pupils have a wide range of opportunities and experiences to fulfil their potential. Developing the 'whole child' is at our core. We have approximately 380 pupils, housed in three separate buildings, a FS2/KS1 block, a KS2 block and a new block. This number is due to increase to 420 by 2018. FS2/KS1 and KS2 come together for various activities, which include a weekly celebration assembly. KS2 Play Leaders also help the younger pupils at playtime and lunchtime. Across the school we are single age classes and 2 form entry except from one year 5/6 class which is split into their relative year groups in the mornings. We have 2 FS2 classes, 4 KS1 classes and 7 KS2 classes.

Locking is a popular school with children coming to us from all parts of Weston. It is a community where the education of the whole child is developed in a caring organised and happy environment. We recognise and respond to the strengths and needs of all members of the school in order to realise the full potential of everyone. We enjoy, 'Working Together, Playing Together and Learning Together'.You can look at some pictures of our school activities on our website www.locking.n-somerset.sch.uk

For Children ages 2 - 5 at St Augustine's Church Centre. Nine sesssions per week.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30 am to 3.30 pm.
We offer breakfast and a hot home cooked lunch every session, alongside healthy snacks in our Snack Cafe. We pride ourselves
on our 5 star food hygiene rating and our ‘Good’ Ofsted rating. We are in receipt of Government funding for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. Our team consists of Karen Compitus Manager, Tina Hale Deputy Supervisor, Anne O’Neill Key worker and Fabienne Schoch, our resident cook. We also welcome to our team Keira Gullick, who is a Student studying her level 3 qualification.
We welcome all of our new families who I know will have an exciting adventure here at The Ark Preschool.
Please visit our website www.thearkpreschoollocking.co.uk for more information or phone 07984 908098 to speak with Karen

Locking village hallLOCKING BABY & TODDLER GROUP
We are a fun and friendly group who meet on Thursday mornings in school term times at Locking Village Hall, from 10 am to 12 noon. The group is aimed at children from birth to school age. We have lots of toys to share and a table which we rotate between puzzles, crafts, playdough and drawing. We have a group sing-along and finish off with storytime each week. The cost is just £2.00 per family and tea,coffee,squash and biscuits are included. We have a Facebook page where you can keep up to date with what’s going on and any special events. Parents, grandparents, and carers are all welcome, so please come along; we’d love to meet you. Our current leaders are Sarah Newcombe and Naomi Hendy (07870897529 for further information).

Locking Village Hall
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-12pm and 12:30pm-3:30pm.
Thursday 12:30pm-3:30pm. Lunchclub runs 12:00pm-12:30pm.
Locking Preschool provides good quality care and education to children aged between 2-5 years. Free 15 hours government funding is also avaliable for children aged 2 years and above. ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated in Jan 2017. Contact Claire Stirrup 07760 482092

St Augustines Locking Church Centre, Wednesdays 9.30 - 11.30am
Childminding network group for childminders and their children, runs term time every Wednesday. Great opportunity to meet other childminders, gain advice and information on EYFS guidance updates. Children get the opportunity to socialise with their peers and take part in fun open ended activities.

The 'Shirkers' are supporters of Steep Holm Island off the coast at Weston-super-Mare: we raise funds, work on the island, do talks etc. Some of the members work on the island as required, as well as fundraising, but most of them are ‘armchair’ members who are keen to support us. Fund-raising starts in earnest now, with our Annual Jumble Sale in the Church Hall on Saturday 11th February 2017 and our Fun Evening at the Hunters Lodge in Priddy on 15th February 2017. For membership details, please contact Dave Wallace tel 01934 823312

Locking Helicopter Museum
We have passed over £900 to the Helicopter Museum over the last year. We
are hoping to cover more of the special events with our Books, Bric-a-Brac,
Preserves and Tombola Stall. Pam and I are unable to cover all of the events,
so we would appreciate some help on covering our missing dates. Tel Dave
Wallace 823312. www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk

Membership is open to all and you are very welcome to join us at our social
events. These will include three Coach Trips, a Skittles Night at the Coach
House in March, our annual Garden Party and three Table Top Sales. The
programme is still being agreed at the time of writing. Full details from Dave
Wallace tel 823312.

Meetings in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on 2nd Tuesday of each month. Visitors are welcome and we have a varied programme of Speakers. We play Skittles and Darts and join in many events organised by the Avon Federation of Women's Institutes. There are outings, a quiz, talks and much more. Come along and see what we have to offer. For more information contact Jane Blinco tel 01934 823704. Our programme for 2017 includes:

January 10th - Fish and chip supper and Quiz; test your WI and general knowledge!
February 14th - 'WW2 and Weston' speakers Pat Hase and Derek Venn
March 14th - 'My nursing experience in Afghanistan' speaker Sue Hago
April 11th - 'Lavender the forgotten herb' speaker Carole Hamblin
May 9th - Games - Resoltuions - Bake off
June 13th - 'Flower arranging' speaker Jo Jacobs
July 11th - 'Aardman Animations' speaker Jim Parkyn
August - Summer Supper
September 12th - 'Island talk' speaker Dave Wallace
October 10th - Annual meeting. Election of officers and committee
November 14th - 'How I became a kitchen maid' speaker Kay Wych
December 12th - Stoggymen - Country and Folk singers

Meetings in the Green Lounge at the Church Centre, 1st, 3rd & 5th, Thursdays from 2.45 – 4 pm
Thursday 19th January – Members Afternoon
Thursday 2nd February - 'Working with looked-after children' talk with Sheila Harding
February 16th February - 'Woodspring Talking Papers' with Tony Lay

Tuesday 10-11am at the Church Centre, Locking
Were you inspired by Angela Rippon and her TV programme How to Stay Young? Physical activity plays a big part in ageing well and Active Seniors Fitness is specially designed with older adults in mind. Regular physical activity can enhance quality of life and slow down the ageing process. It can help stabilise weight, improve bone density, especially at the hips and improve cardiovascular function. Class members have all said they always feel really well after attending the Active Seniors Fitness class and all have remarked on the improvement in their balance and stamina. The class consists of movement to music but a chair is always available if anyone feels unsteady
Contact Amanda 07814 392217 for more information

Meets in the Coach House, Locking on 2nd Fridays, at 12.15pm for 12.30pm To join the group, please contact Tony Coles 01934 822678

Come and sing with us. We meet in St Augustine’s Church, Locking on 2nd Fridays, 7-8pm

Meetings in the Church Centre on Wednesdays, fortnightly at 2-4 pm
Wednesday 4th January – Musical Quiz
Wednesday 18th January – AGM and 3 C’s (Chat, Cuppa & Cake)

Meets every two weeks in the Village Hall at 6.30 pm. The cost is £1 per meeting. There are talks, music etc open to all over 60’s!.
Over 60s Luncheon on Wednesday 27th July in Locking Village Hall. A fun event and a good luncheon. Bookings tel 823312

The Mendip Society has a regular selection of Walks and Talks. Visitors are very welcome, £3.00 (members £1.50). Not necessary to book.Winscombe Talks are held at St. James Church Hall, Winscombe and commence at 7:30pm. Walks take place most weekends throughout the Mendips. For more information call 01934 843767

Adjacent to the Village Hall, every morning Monday - Friday
Mon - Fri: 8.30am to 12.00midday. Tel 01934 823204

60, Genville Avenue, Locking. Tel 01934 827771
Open Mon - Fri: 8.30am to 6.30pm, Sat: 9.00am to 1.00pm

1 - 2 Manor Court, Meadow Drive, Locking. Tel: 01934 822501
Open Mon - Sat: 7.00am to 6.30pm, Sun: 8.00am to 1.00pm

“Reading the article on Manor Stores in the July issue of ‘Cross Links’ has given me the opportunity to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the
proprietors, Robert and Lesley. Robert has been delivering my weekly shopping order without fail since 2006. Manor Stores and now the Post Office needs everyone’s support. Locking Village, I feel, would be much the poorer without them.” ~ Mrs. K. Thompson ~

- Ashcombe Children's Centre, Tel: 426380
Stepping Stone Walk, off Earlham Grove, WsM
Tuesdays from 9.00 - 11.30am
- Central Weston Children's Centre, Tel: 426794
81-83 Meadow Street, WsM
Tuesdays 10.00 - 11.30 am
- South Weston Children's Centre, Tel 427550
For all Healthy Living Centre, Wednesdays 9.00 - 11.00 am Lonsdale Avenue, WsM
- Banwell Children's Centre,
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1.30 - 3.30 pm
West Street, Banwell
- Milton and Old Worle Children's Centre, Tel: 426380
Mendip Avenue, Worle, WsM Thursdays from 9.30 - 11.30 am
- Oldmixon Family Centre, Tel: 427619
Monkton Ave WsM Fridays from 9.00 - 10.30


Meets in the Village Hall on the 1st Thursday evening of each month. The Parish Clerk is open to visitors in the Village Hall office on a Tuesday morning from 10.00am - 2.00pm. Contact Tel: 01934 820786. Website: www.lockingpc.co.uk

Visits Locking fortnightly on Thursdays and stops at Meadow Drive 11.50am - 1.20pm.
Friendly staff, lots of books, talking and large print books.

Collections every Thursday. Wheelie bin and green recycling alternate weeks.
Remember to order your new Green wheelie bin from North Somerset Council. Collection changes from bags to wheelie bin from 1st March.

The Church Centre can be booked for hire by anyone wishing to hold meetings or parties. There are 2 Halls - a large one and a small Hall and also a purpose-built Lounge with kitchen facilities. Any booking of the Hall includes the use of a fully fitted kitchen To enquire about hiring the Centre for parties and events please contact Chris Wilkins on 01934 822857 or click on Contact

To hire the Village Hall please contact Hazel on 01934 822129

Sunset over Weston super Mare
Sunset from Weston-super-Mare looking towards Flat Holm and Wales
Photo - Matt Begent