This section has notices of general interest, volunteering, newsletters from external bodies, and details of events in the Parish.
West Monkton & Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Councils
West Monkton & Cheddon Fitzpaine Neighbourhood Development Plan
Consultation Period 12 April to 27 May 2017
We are pleased to announce start of Regulation 14 consultation on the joint West Monkton & Cheddon Fitzpaine Neighbourhood Development Plan (WM&CFP NDP).
The WM&CFP NDP covers the parishes of West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine.
We will see significant growth in the coming years. Through policies in the NDP we aim to ensure that development:
• is successfully accommodated;
• is sustainable, with excellent community facilities and high quality design;
• respects the historic environment and surrounding countryside is protected and enhanced.
Once made the WM&CFP NDP will be used by TDBC when assessing planning applications in the NDP area.
We would therefore like your views on the draft WM&CFP NDP and its associated documents which can be viewed on:
• West Monkton Parish Council website: www.westmonkton.net
• Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council website: www.cheddonfitzpaine-pc.org.uk
Alternatively, paper versions are also available to read at:
• TDBC Offices: Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE;
• Town library: Paul St, Taunton TA1 3XZ;
• West Monkton BACH Hall: Brittons Ash, Bathpool, TA2 8FT;
• Cheddon Fitzpaine Memorial Hall: Rowford, Cheddon Fitzpaine, TA2 8JY.
The Parish Clerks for West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine also have a paper copy.
Please give your comments, observations or feedback in writing to Patricia Cavill (Clerk to West Monkton Parish Council) or Jo Pearson (Clerk to Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council) by 27th May 2017.
• E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected];
• Post: 2 Hill Farm Cottages, West Monkton, TA2 8LW or
32 Portland Street, Taunton, TA1 1UZ.
12 April 2016
Double click the link below to view the files in Drop Box. File number one is the Neighbourhood Plan, the other files are various supporting documents. Please send your comments to [email protected]
Thank you!! to everyone who attended the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING yesterday, 22nd March, at the BACH.
We had a full house – standing room only in the Activities Room – and heard updates about Hestercombe, and the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. Rev Mary Stiles brought us the news from her outreach work with the new development; then Audrey Mansfield told the audience about her work as our Village Agent.
The Annual Parish Meeting is YOUR meeting, it is not a Parish Council meeting. So if you have any ideas for next year’s meeting, or if you would like more information about our speakers, or a Welcome Pack from the Parish Council, please get in touch with the Clerk Tricia Cavill, or the Assistant Clerk Amy Shepherd.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge
Sunday 14th May 2017
Please visit for route map: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/dsaa-coast-to-coast-1
Could you please pass the information below to the editor of your parish magazine/newsletter to include in the next issue and also to councillors for their information:
Bridgwater Tuesday 7th March
Work Party in Bridgwater
Tuesday 7th March 2017
Volunteers meet at the IWA Cabin
in Bridgwater Docks TA6 3EX
10am start and we aim to finish around 1.30pm
We plan to continue with our ongoing task, cutting and trimming back the overgrowth and brambles from the offside of the B&T Canal working upstream in the Bridgwater urban areas.
Volunteers are advised to wear old clothes suitable for the weather conditions and wear sturdy or shoes.
Taunton Work Party
Saturday March 11th 2017
Canal Road ,Taunton TA1 1PJ.
before 6pm on Friday March 6th 2017.
Please include your latest phone number in your reply in case we have to change due to weather condition or a location.
Work Party in Bridgwater
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Volunteers meet at the IWA Cabin
in Bridgwater Docks TA6 3EX
10am start and we aim to finish around 1.30pm.
We have not made any plans for any specific work as we have a few tasks to complete
which are dependent on suitable weather conditions these to be carried out.
Volunteers are advised to wear old clothes suitable for the weather conditions and wear sturdy or shoes.
Stores Person....For various duties and keeping cabin tidy and our tools in good working order.
Assembling requests for tools,equipment ready to transport to various planned work parties.
Volunteers for these roles can carry them out on days other than when a work party takes place to suit your availability.
Please contact me for more details
West Country Branch
Somerset Waste Partnership
Briefing for Members, Partners and Staff
Managing waste and recycling services for all authorities in Somerset
Garden waste renewals due
Residents who subscribe to the kerbside garden waste collection service are reminded that they need to
re-subscribe to ensure collection.
Renewal reminders are being sent to subscribers from their local council with details of prices and how to subscribe.
The garden waste bin or sack can be used to recycle flowers, plants and weeds with grass cuttings, leaves and
hedge trimmings, as well as branches up to 10cm wide. The service also accepts straw or sawdust if used as
bedding from vegetarian pets, such as rabbits, but not soil or food waste. After being shredded and rotting down in
massive windrows, Somerset’s composted garden waste is sold as the Revive soil improver, available from
every recycling site.
Fortnightly garden waste kerbside pickups are good value when compared to the cost and time of taking garden
waste to a recycling site. If you are not a subscriber but want to know more, visit our garden waste page on
Weekly refuse collection review
SWP is continuing to review the last remaining kerbside weekly refuse collections in the town centres of
Minehead, Porlock, Taunton, Watchet and Wellington. This follows the successful switch of weekly refuse
collections from hundreds of households to fortnightly in central Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea during autumn 2015.
This will bring their collections in line with the service supplied to the vast majority of the county’s 250,000 homes.
The residents affected will be written to, and local councillors and customer services briefed. Provision of refuse
collections for communal properties in the affected areas will not change.
Getting ready for spring
SWP with getcomposting.com is offering Somerset residents the chance to try their hand at home composting. A full range of composting equipment, and bins, including the 220 litre and 330 litre black compost converter bins, are
Composting at home cuts CO2 emissions and turns most kitchen and garden waste into a free supply of
compost that will keep your garden blooming year after year.
The current offer, available until the end of March, has compost bins starting from only £17.98 (plus delivery at £5.99) and you can also buy one and get one half-price.
Either visit our website or telephone
0844 571 4444 for details.
Managing waste and recycling services for all local authorities in Somerset
Christmas waste collections
A third more waste than usual was presented for collection over the festive fortnight, compared with two weeks at
another time of year. Once again, cardboard topped the list in terms of volumes set out. The growth in cardboard is more acute during the festive season but this reflects a continuing year-on-year trend due to the expansion of internet shopping.
With more of all types of materials presented, contractor Kier reported a particularly noticeable hike in the
amount of food and glass being presented over the period.
The vast majority of collections were completed as scheduled with no major mishaps. A small number of rounds
could not be completed on the scheduled day but were caught up within a day or two.
Recycling and rubbish collection crews and management did sterling work, involving long hours in sometimes very
poor weather. SWP has both appreciated and acknowledged this performance, expressing thanks on behalf of all residents.
Latest media releases
Recent media releases and web posts
Winter weather and waste – your
wet and windy guide
Sorting paper inequality in
recycling quality quest
Fall in love with Food – Yes, every
Somerset Waste Board
SWP is the executive arm of SWB, with two members nominated by each of the six Somerset partner councils, one of
which must be the portfolio holder for waste and/or the environment. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected at the
Board AGM from its membership.
SWB’s next meeting is on Friday 24
For details of SWP, SWB and waste
SWB membership by council is:
Mendip – Cllrs Nigel Woollcombe-
Adams (Vice Chair), Terry Napper
Sedgemoor – Cllrs Dawn Hill, Gill
Somerset County – Cllrs Derek
Yeomans (Chair), David Hall
South Somerset – Cllrs Jo
Roundell Greene, Clare Aparicio
Taunton Deane Borough – Cllrs
Patrick Berry, Steve Ross
West Somerset – Cllrs Martin
Dewdney, Brenda Maitland-Walker
SWB meeting agendas, papers and
reports are available online.
Information on SWP services
For all advice and information, visit
All partners’ customer service helplines
can assist with service enquiries.
SWP publishes the Sorted e-zine (signup
Regrettably POSTPONED until end of March.
The unexpected delay has been caused by Specialists receiving a flurry of NP documents at the same time. These documents are lengthy, as is the cross referencing. It had been thought the information would be with us now, but we are still awaiting some information. We will process it as quickly as we can when we receive it.
This delay is frustrating as we all wish to move this matter forward. The NP Group are mindful of balancing our wishes with the legal process – we dare not risk doing things out of order.
There will be another Website update by the end of February 2017.
Thank you for your patience
Jo Pearson, Parish Clerk for Cheddon Fitzpaine
Tricia Cavill, Parish Clerk for West Monkton
Next Surgery is second Thursday of the month 8.30 – 10.00am at the BACH.
Come in for a coffee and a chat.
Message from Audrey Mansfield – Village Agent
New text number to combat rural crime – 81819
The Police are launching a new text service to help prevent and detect rural crime.
You can provide information and intelligence about suspected crime in your area by texting the Rural Crime Team on 81819.
No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps the Police fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice.
The number won’t be monitored 24/7 but the team will be looking at it when they are on duty, so it shouldn’t be used for reporting crimes, or anything which requires an immediate police attendance. In those circumstances please dial 999.
You can still pass on information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.
Please click the link below for the latest Bathpool Briefing from the Environment Agency
Expecting your Winter Fuel Payment? Don’t need it? Donate it! Surviving Winter is an award-winning campaign that encourages people to donate some or all of their unwanted Winter Fuel Payments to other people in their communities who need it most. A Surviving Winter grant doesn’t just pay for extra heating. It’s hand delivered by one of our small number of trusted local partners, like Age UK Somerset and Taunton Deane Borough Council. A Surviving Winter grant becomes the foundation for a new relationship that can help overcome the isolation and loneliness that many older people experience. With the support of over 300 donors, Somerset Community Foundation was able to provide vital grants to 390 older people to help them through last winter. Please help us grow this campaign to reach every isolated and vulnerable household in the county.
To find out more about Surviving Winter, please visit: http://www.somersetcf.org.uk/winter.To donate some or all of your Winter Fuel Payment, please send a cheque made out to Somerset Community Foundation (SW written on the back), Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN. You can also donate online or call 01749 344949. Gift Aid forms are also available to download on the website. Thank you for making a difference to an elderly person in your community this winter!
Case Study: Mrs Kelly received a Surviving Winter grant last year. She had recently undergone an amputation and was left practically immobile, when a Village Agent found her trying to keep warm by heating a kettle. Mrs Kelly had run out of money to pay for heating, food or her telephone needed to summon medical assistance in an emergency. A Surviving Winter grant quickly restored the heating, and the Village Agent was able to alert other agencies that were able to put in place the care that she needed to recover fully.
Please click on the link below to open the latest news from Somerset Waste Partnership
Brittons Ash Community Hall
The BACH is up and running and we are looking for people to join us in making this a fabulous hub for the community.
Would you like to do any of the following:
join the Management Committee,
lock up at night and open up in the morning,
take bookings and manage the diary?
Please contact Cllr Gage 07752723311, Cllr Cavill 07739079464, or
email [email protected]
If you would like to make a booking please contact any of the above.
Message from your Village Agent
Warning about two current scams, very appropriate given the time of year
A card is dropped through the door from PDS (parcel delivery service) saying they were unable to deliver a parcel and to contact them on 09066611911. This is a premium rate number and the recorded message which you hear will be billed for £315.
If you receive a card, please call royal Mail Fraud 02072396655.
I have just received a phone call from a man claiming he is from BT and he knew my name and address, and asked if I received a letter from BT last week, that claimed my phone bill payment was late and the letter was warning me that if payment was not made today is the cut off day!
I told him I had not received a letter and I didn’t know what he was talking about or who he was, he could be a con man for all I knew, and he said very calmly that he had been working for BT for the last 4 and a half years actually…..so I said I have not had a letter and (just to test him) asked him what was I supposed to do.
He said I could make a payment today or I would be cut off!
On that I said I would not be making a payment because I thought he was a con man and put the phone down.
Please pass this onto as many people as you can think of as the ‘con man’ was very convincing and is an expert at scaremongering. BT would not make threatening calls saying they will be cutting you off.
I was taken by surprise but fortunately had my wits about me, but elderly, lonely, and vulnerable people may be taken for a great deal of money.
Western Power have a free Priority Service Register for vulnerable people where if there is a power cut they can make those people a priority in getting them back online.
The emergency call line is 105 and clients should be encouraged to put the number into their phone and keep a torch next to the bed so they can find their way around safely to call.
You can ring and register on 0800 096 3080
Those eligible are:
Customers on ventilators, oxygen concentrators, or dialysis
Elderly, disabled or sick people
Customers who depend on electrical equipment like stair lifts and bath hoists
Customers with communication needs, or who are blind, deaf, partially sighted
Or temporary vulnerabilities, like recent hospital leavers, or households with new born babies
A client on an oxygen concentrator recently used the service and they were out and supporting him in a very short space of time.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year
Tel: 01823 331222
Mobile: 07870 577925
Email: [email protected]
Stay well this Christmas
Winter can be seriously bad for our health but there a number of things you can do to keep you and your family well this winter.
Don’t delay in getting your flu jab. The vaccine takes around 10-14 days to be effective so getting vaccinated now will protect you in time for Christmas and into January when cases of flu are known to increase.
You are eligible to receive a free NHS flu jab from your GP if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
Here are some top tips about staying well this winter:
- At the first sign of a cough or cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious
- Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock over winter
- Remember to pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays
- It is important to keep warm in winter, so heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer
· Don’t delay, if you are eligible for a free NHS vaccination get it now, it is free because you need it.
Please also look out for the more vulnerable people you know this winter in your community and support them where you can with the Stay Well This Winter advice and make use of all the local help that’s available – it could be a lifesaver.
You can watch the NHS Lewisham choir ‘Stay Well This Winter’ video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pzr02FikmU&t=25s
There is full advice and information to Stay Well This Winter at https://www.nhs.uk/staywell
Dear Parish Clerk,
I am writing to you from Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians (HCYM).
HCYM is a wonderful resource in the South West in association with one of the world’s leading conservatoires: Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
HCYM provides a positive, vibrant, and nurturing atmosphere for young musicians to develop their musical talents within a sustainable weekly Saturday programme with excellent teaching and learning, accessible to all.
We would be absolutely delighted to see you at our upcoming events.
We have got two exciting concerts in December, and one in January at our next Open Day. Details below and flyers attached.
Please feel free to send this on to your mailing list and help us spread the news.
Below you will also find the link to watch our students’ excellent performance at the BBC Proms this year.
Saturday 10th December at 12noon
HCYM end of term concert at St Peter’s Church, Lyngford, Taunton, TA2 7HD
The autumn term concludes with an Advent and Christmassy end of term concert including HCYM Orchestra, String Group, Brass Group, Woodwind Group, Piano Groups and many others. Fundraising raffle. Free admission – all welcome.
Wednesday 14th December at 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Saturday 7th January at 9am-12pm
Open Day at Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians, Taunton, TA2 8LQ
This is a brilliant chance to visit our excellent Saturday music school, a division of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and see it in action. Free workshops for young musicians under 18 yrs (booking essential), plus at 12pm a concert by current students at Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians. Free admission to concert – all welcome. If you can’t make it on 7th January please contact HCYM to arrange an alternative date for your visit, tel. 07754 217993.
At last! Finally, I am very pleased to send you the YouTube link to the wonderful performance of Michael, Yasmine & Evie’s piece “Flute no uto” at this year’s BBC Ten Pieces Proms. Please check out the link below and Enjoy!
“Fluto no uto” composed by Michael Qureshi, Yasmine Qureshi & Evie King, performed by Michael Qureshi & Yasmine Qureshi with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra a…
With best wishes for the festive season,
Rachael and the team at Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians
Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians – a division of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
TA2 8LQOffice (part-time) : 01823 410 110
Mobile (anytime) : 07754 217 993
Have you Liked our Facebook page yet? HestercombeCYM
Please note: all allotments available in the Parish are currently occupied. Any queries about allotments should be addressed in the first instance to Cllr S Haskins, Vice Chairman of the Parish Council
The best kept secret in the Parish has to be the Heathfield Community Hall coffee morning, every Wednesday 10 – 12 at the Heathfield Community Hall at the bottom of Heathfield Drive. Totally delicious cakes and good conversation, what more could you ask for? Just turn up, you will be very welcome.