A Friends of Watchhouse Hill group was formed from the original Watchhouse Hill Improvement Group when the site was considered to have achieved it’s second phase of development after the Redrow initial work had been completed.
Our aim is maintain and stabilise the site, encourage local people to enjoy and involve themselves in the amenities by creating a welcoming atmosphere and providing an environment conducive to environmental appreciation, accessibility, safety, leisure activities and relaxation. We also aim to increase the number of visitors through publicity and events.
Placed at the entrances to the site and the community orchard the signs give an overview of the site flora and fauna, history, facilities and contact numbers.
Events held on site
Regular events held on site are the Village Picnic, Apple Day, and Wassail. Apple tree pruning training courses are held early in the year. We have also hosted a number of events involving local school children looking at past history and various environmental aspects of the sight such as the sugar trade and potteries.
Leaflets are available at Pill Resource Centre to encourage volunteers to join the Friends Group and become more involved in the site. A page has now been included on the North Somerset web site.
Events are currently advertised in the local Pill Paper, North Somerset Times and North Somerset Life. A4 posters are displayed on parish notice boards and around the village. Information is also circulated to individual children via the village primary school.
A resident survey was distributed to all households in Pill in August 2009 via an insert in Pill Paper. The results were analysed and used to inform a number of popular initiatives.
Local Parish Council contact
Regular reports are submitted to Pill and Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council and a councillor chairs the Management Committee. The football pitches are now under the control of the Parish Council. The Pill Community Forum also receives regular reports of developments and events.
Work with community groups
We aim to encourage community groups to use the MUGA and football pitches for more formal games activity. Establishment of a Youth Shelter has been a long term community objective but was inhibited by lack of a suitable site. This was solved by the erection of one next to the MUGA in 2009.