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Somerset Covid Alert Poster

Posted on 25th October, 2020 in News

A copy of the Somerset Covid Alert Poster is available here: Coronavirus Localised Medium Alert Poster

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grants of £250 to reduce loneliness at Christmas by spreading festive cheer

Posted on 21st October, 2020 in News

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) would like to support community groups that can help to reduce loneliness and spread Christmas cheer through food and festive activities. Christmas can be a difficult time for some of our neighbours, and this year will be a tough Christmas for many more in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people who would normally come together for a community Christmas meal will be unable to this year, due to the coronavirus restrictions, so SCF wants to fund groups who can help to bring festive food – and the spirit of Christmas – to people at home. The Festive Fund for Somerset offers a £250 grant to groups if they can tell SCF how their work can combat the isolation and loneliness that many people can feel in the winter months. Groups will need to think about how they can safely prepare and deliver food and gifts, or think creatively about how they can bring people together virtually to create happy Christmas memories. Grants will be awarded for work that supports people of all ages who may experience loneliness or disadvantage at Christmas. To apply, you will need to complete a short application form by Friday 13 November. SCF will let applicants know if they have been successful by the end of November at the latest, so they will have plenty of time to plan their activities. For information on how to apply for a Festive Fund grant, visit:...

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2021 School Places

Posted on 20th October, 2020 in News

Whether a child is starting school for the first time, or transferring to their next school, applications need to be made through Somerset County Council’s website: www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions The deadline for applications for secondary school places is Saturday, 31 October 2020 and the deadline for primary school place submissions is Friday, 15 January 2021.

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New Covid-19 Alert Poster

Posted on 19th October, 2020 in News

The New Covid-19 Alert Poster for Somerset is available here: COVID-19_LocalAlertLevel_Medium

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Somerset Waste Partnership – October Breifing

Posted on 19th October, 2020 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership October Briefing Sheet is available here: SWP Briefing October 2020 FINAL

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Updated Police Beat Posters

Posted on 14th October, 2020 in News

The up to date Police Beat Posters are available here:

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Somerset Prepared – Autumn Newsletter

Posted on 5th October, 2020 in News

The Somerset Prepared Autumn Newsletter is available here: http://www.somersetprepared.org.uk/?wysija-page=1&controller=email&action=view&email_id=37&wysijap=subscriptions&user_id=905

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Virtual Parish Surgery – Thursday 8th October at 8.30am

Posted on 5th October, 2020 in News

The monthly Parish Surgery meeting will be taking place virtually again this month. If you would like to join the Surgery, the Zoom meeting information is available below. Amy Shepherd is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83918703862 Meeting ID: 839 1870 3862 If you have a queries or issue you would like to raise but you can’t attend the meeting, please email your point through the Clerk in advance of the meeting and the Clerk will raise it for you on your behalf. (Clerk@westmonkton.net)...

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Community SpeedWatch – Volunteers Needed

Posted on 29th September, 2020 in News

The Parish Council has received some enquiries from local residents about establishing a Community SpeedWatch scheme in the Parish.  The Parish Council has contacted Avon and Somerset Police to request information about the SpeedWatch Scheme. In order for the SpeedWatch Scheme to be put in place in the Parish, volunteers are needed. Each Scheme can initially include a maximum of two locations. If you would like to volunteer to take part in the Scheme, please contact the Clerk (clerk@westmonkton.net) to confirm your interest and the proposed location that you would like included in the Scheme.  The Clerk will then liaise with you and the local PCSO about establishing a scheme or schemes in the Parish. Please email the Clerk by 14th...

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Monkton Heathfield Link Road – Water Main Diversion

Posted on 28th September, 2020 in News

To facilitate Persimmon Homes’ construction of a link road between Sellick’s Road and the A3259, it will be necessary to divert a water main away from where the road is to be constructed. The location for the diversion is in fields adjacent to the A3259 and Allen’s Brook, with access via the new part-finished junction off the A3259. The works are currently programmed to start on Monday 5 October and are anticipated to take approximately 12 weeks to complete. As part of the works and to ensure the safety of the public, the public right of way that runs alongside Allen’s Brook will be closed. A small section of footpath between Tudor Park and Allen’s Brook will be diverted around our work, but will be available for use as normal. Warning signage will be in place. The contractors are aware of how frequently the footpath is used, particularly during the morning and afternoon peak school hours. They will do their utmost to avoid construction traffic movements across the footpath during those hours, but should there be a need, they will ensure that such traffic movement is strictly managed to avoid the potential for conflict with any user of the footpath. Again, warning signage will be in place. The contractors will always endeavour to be considerate temporary neighbours and keep any inconvenience or disturbance to a...

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Somerset Waste Partnership – September Briefing

Posted on 17th September, 2020 in News

The Somerset Waste Partnership September Briefing is available here.

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Use of Public Rights of Way in our Parish

Posted on 11th September, 2020 in News

The Parish Council has prepared a letter to all residents providing advice about use of the Public Rights of Way in the Parish.  A copy of the letter is available here.

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Virtual Parish Surgery – Thursday 10th September at 8.30am

Posted on 9th September, 2020 in News

The Parish Council will be holding its first virtual Parish Surgery meeting on Thursday 10th September at 8.30am.  If you would like to join and ask any questions or raise any concerns you can do so by joining the Zoom meeting.  The Zoom meeting information is available below: Topic: Virtual Parish Surgery Time: Sep 10, 2020 08:30 AM London Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81921136503 Meeting ID: 819 2113 6503

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CCS Thatch Bulletin – September 2020

Posted on 4th September, 2020 in News

The September Bulletin is available here

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Somerset Waste Partnership – August Briefing

Posted on 27th August, 2020 in News

The August Briefing is available here: SWP Briefing August 2020 FINAL

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Launch of Somerset Catalyst

Posted on 19th August, 2020 in News

A new scheme to give start-ups and early stage businesses across our region the best chance of success. Funded by the County Council and four Somerset District Councils, Somerset Catalyst is part of a wider business support programme that is rolling out across the county, recognising that the creation of a vibrant business community is key to achieving economic growth. The goal of Somerset Catalyst is to create the necessary positive culture, support system and infrastructure to create economic growth that will ripple across all our communities and put Somerset on the innovation map of the UK. The programme will run annually, commencing in September for a six-month duration. Participants will benefit from one-to-one expert coaching, workshops on key aspects of running a business, a peer support group, business review panels with industry experts, help to access business finance and profile-raising marketing support. Find out more at www.somersetcatalyst.co.uk The programme is accepting online applications until Monday 31 August...

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Domestic Abuse Service

Posted on 17th August, 2020 in News

Somerset County Council’ domestic abuse service is to receive a share of a half million-pound fund to support local services. The Council’s service provider, The You Trust, is one of a number of local agencies who help victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, which will benefit from the fund. The You Trust are often the first point of contact for someone who is seeking help and the recent lockdown had a significant impact on victims who were living with perpetrators and felt that there was no way to escape. Help is available – 0800 69 49 999 or...

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CCS Thatch Bulletin – August

Posted on 6th August, 2020 in News

A copy of the CCS Thatch Bullet for August is available here

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Parish Council Website – Photograph Competition

Posted on 3rd August, 2020 in News

The Parish Council is currently reviewing and updating the contents of the website. In doing so it would like to add some more up to date photographs to the collection that is already available on the website. The Parish Council is therefore launching a photograph competition. If you would like to take part, please send your best photos of the Parish to the Clerk – clerk@westmonkton.net by 30th September.  The winner will be announced in October and their photograph will appear on the homepage.  All other entries will be added to the website. Good...

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Emergency Road Closure – Coombe Lane, West Monkton

Posted on 31st July, 2020 in News

Please be aware that we have received notification of an emergency road closure at Coombe Lane, West Monkton, which commenced on 29th July 2020 and is expected to last until 2nd August 2020 (the closure is between the hours of  00:00 – 23:59). These works are for Wessex Water to carry out works to repair valve, their works reference is 038213970001. For any further information about this closure please contact Wessex Water on (0345) 600 4 600, quoting reference: ttro386986 TD – Coombe Lane, West Monkton. A map of the affected area (in red), together with the recommended diversion route (in purple) is shown below, along with the link to One.Network....

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Thatch Newsletter

Posted on 3rd July, 2020 in News

The CCS Thatch July Bulletin is available here: https://issuu.com/communitycouncilforsomerset/docs/ccs_thatch_bulletin_july_2020_compressed

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Expression of interest for new Pavement Cafe Licences

Posted on 30th June, 2020 in News

Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) is working to support pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways across the district with their preparations to reopen from 4 July as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Our officers are currently implementing temporary changes to licensing laws to allow more premises to sell and serve alcohol and food for consumption off the premises, making social distancing easier. SWT will aim to process applications for Pavement Café Licenses within 10 working days and will continue to ensure that communities are consulted on applications for Pavement Cafes, that waste is disposed of responsibly, and that pavements and pedestrianised areas are still accessible and able to support social distancing. The application process for new Pavement Café Licenses will be up and running on the Somerset West and Taunton website shortly including full information and guidance Any business wishing to apply for a new Pavement Café licence should submit an expression of interest to openinghighstreets@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk. Businesses that have expressed an interest will be sent full details and links to the application form and guidance. An officer from Somerset West and Taunton Council may also contact you to discuss your plans. Full reopening guidance for Pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and takeaways can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery The Government measures, which have been introduced to simplify the process for outdoor seating, include reducing the consultation period for applications for pavement licences from 28 calendar days to 5 working days, and setting a lower application fee for a pavement cafe licence. Full details of the new legislation can be found on the Government website...

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Latest update from Somerset Waste Partnership

Posted on 29th June, 2020 in News

All “business as usual” materials are now being accepted at all 16 recycling sites in Somerset. That includes cardboard as well as commercial waste and other waste you pay to dispose of – including tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts, plasterboard and asbestos (card payment only). Trailers and vans can access the sites at any time, as long as they have the appropriate permit. Although sites have been busy, the recently introduced “shop-style” social distancing arrangements – floor markings and signs – have worked well. However, please note, staff are unable to offer any assistance with unloading or handling any waste or items. Unfortunately, no items brought to sites can be put forward for reuse at the moment. They will be recycled where possible until a safe way to handle them has been agreed. Anyone planning to bring items that are fit for reuse is asked to keep hold of them for the time being. Once on site, safety restrictions remain in place, including: • Gloves to be worn when outside the vehicle • Maximum of two people per household • Strict social distancing • On busier sites traffic, may still be directed by staff All sites are open for their usual summer hours. There have been long queues at peaks times, notably first thing in the morning, and we will continue to encourage people to only visit the sites when they really need. Quieter times tend to be 4pm-6pm on weekdays. Queue cams are operating for Bridgwater, Chard, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells and Yeovil, and we would advise people to check these before they visit. There have been significant improvements with collection services, with far fewer missed collections and quicker return visits when collections are missed. Customer services teams have also considerably reduced the backlog of requests. Meanwhile … > Detailed daily updates at www.facebook.com/somersetwaste – join 12,000+ smart Somerset residents and follow us as we hit our 10th Facebook birthday. >> For latest insights, useful tips and inspirational ideas, join 2,900+ instant news addicts and follow us at www.twitter.com/somersetwaste >>> And sign up at www.somersetwaste.gov.uk (scroll down to the button) to be one of 10,000+ Somerset residents who get their news delivered to their inbox with our SORTED!...

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Monkton Heathfield Garden Community Consultation

Posted on 18th June, 2020 in News

SWT wants you to help shape the future of a key development site in the Taunton Garden Town. Members of the public are being encouraged to have their say on how the new Monkton Heathfield Garden Community (MH2) should be designed, and the different ways green infrastructure, including open spaces and areas for tree planting, could be achieved. The Monkton Heathfield Policy area is a key part of the adopted Core Strategy for Taunton. The new draft Framework Plan shows the suite of development sites and related proposals around Monkton Heathfield. A public consultation on the Concept Plan and Design Guide for the Monkton Heathfield Garden Community started this week (15 June) and will run until Friday 10 July. The consultation seeks input on: The draft Concept Plan to guide the development of the Monkton Heathfield Garden Community; and Draft Design Guidance to provide more detail on the Councils aspirations to achieve a high quality development, following the adoption of     the Garden Town Vision and the Design Guide and Charter for the Town in 2019. Following the consultation exercise, SWT will consider what modifications need to be made to the draft plans and documents, and will take into account any other representations. Cllr Mike Rigby said “The Monkton Heathfield Garden Community – MH2 – is one of the most important sites in Taunton and will eventually deliver around 1,600 new homes, a through school, employment areas, a District Centre, major open spaces, tree planting and new roads. We are committed to continuing to engage with the local community about these proposals and I would urge everyone to have their say”. The consultation can be found at:...

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Bus Services Update

Posted on 11th June, 2020 in News

Buses of Somerset are re-introducing double deck vehicles on Service 21 from Monday 15 June. This is due to the need to provide additional capacity, as a response to social distancing measures. The SCC Highways Team is in the process of cutting back trees along Milton Hill to enable Buses of Somerset to safely operate double deck vehicles. Until this work is completed, the service will need to divert around Milton Hill, as it is not currently safe and could cause damage to the larger vehicles. SCC operate Service 12, which provides a link to Taunton and serves Milton Hill. While the tree work is being undertaken, residents who live on Milton Hill will still be able to access a regular bus service. We are hoping that the disruption will be minimal, with the 21 reverting to its normal route as soon as it is able. A timetable for Service 12 is available here: Service...

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UPDATE: Toneway Creech Castle upgrade postponed to support economic recovery

Posted on 10th June, 2020 in News

A major road improvement scheme to upgrade the busy Toneway Creech Castle junction in Taunton is set to be postponed until next year to support the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council originally planned to begin work in April 2020 but this was temporarily paused due to the start of lockdown and uncertainty over materials, sub-contractors and key utilities work. Now, following discussions with the business community, it is proposed to postpone the scheme for another 12-18 months. This is to help support the local economy during the recovery by minimising any temporary disruption on a key route into Taunton. Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Although these improvements will provide long-term benefits to Taunton’s economy, it was always going to be a challenging scheme to deliver with no option but to close one of our main roads “Postponing is not an easy decision. We are absolutely committed to improving this key junction when the time is right and will be looking to reschedule this scheme at a later date when the situation is hopefully much improved.” Councillor David Hall, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Community Infrastructure, said: “Whilst this upgrade is needed to support wider growth in Taunton and Somerset these are difficult times for everyone and we want to support our business communities in our local economy wherever we can.” Stephen Henagulph, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, said: “These are incredibly difficult times for local businesses and we welcome any proposals that will support them as they begin their recovery post lockdown. We know this scheme will cause delays and disruption during construction, but these works are crucial in the long-term to improve the transport infrastructure in Somerset’s county town.” The Creech Castle scheme was due to be delivered by Alun Griffiths Ltd, who are currently continuing to work on the nearby M5 Junction 25 improvement scheme. Postponing the Creech Castle works has allowed the contractor to press on at Junction 25 during the lockdown period and works remain on schedule, despite the coronavirus disruption. For further updates on Junction 25, and to sign up for email newsletters, please visit www.travelsomerset.co.uk/J25. The proposal to postpone the Creech Castle works will be considered by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on 17...

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Somerset Waste Partnership – Recycling Sites and Collections Updates

Posted on 5th June, 2020 in News

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Recycling Sites Update from the Somerset Waste Partnership

Posted on 29th May, 2020 in News

SWP PR recycling centres hour from 1 June 29.5.20

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Marie Curie’s famous fundraising campaign goes virtual to recover devastated fundraising income

Posted on 29th May, 2020 in News

Marie Curie’s famous Blooming Great Tea Party is going virtual this year and the charity needs tea party hosts in Somerset more than ever before to make up for the devastating effect the coronavirus crisis has had on the charity’s income. The end of life charity is calling on you to throw a Blooming Virtual Tea Party from home this summer. While staying indoors is the new normal, throwing a virtual tea party is a fun way to stay connected to the ones you love during this time and a great way to support nurses working on the frontline of the crisis. In people’s homes across Somerset, the charity is caring for people with terminal illnesses, as well as people with Covid-19, and is protecting the NHS by keeping patients away from hospital. However, as the charity has stepped up its support for the nation, its fundraising income has been devastated by the impact of lockdown measures – it had to cancel its Great Daffodil Appeal in March and closed all its charity shops shortly after. That is why the charity and its celebrity ambassador, Mel Giedroyc, are encouraging everyone to download Zoom, Skype or Houseparty and connect with friends and family while raising some money at the same time. Cake lover and tea party extraordinaire, Mel Giedroyc says: “You can bake it, fake it, brew it or stew it – whatever your cup of tea, Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party is going ‘virtual’ this year and it’s a simple way to keep in touch with your chums, while raising money for a wonderful cause, which, I think you’ll agree, we all need right now. “Marie Curie needs to raise a massive £2.5million each week to care for the tens of thousands of people who need its nursing and hospice care. This year, the amazing nurses and frontline staff need you more than ever, as the fundraising events they rely on have all been cancelled. “I’ve met their nurses before. They are inspiring, kind, caring and loving people who are currently caring for people at the end of their lives and keeping people out of hospital, helping the NHS cope with the Coronavirus crisis. Every last crumb of the money you raise will help people at the end of their lives. So please join me by raising a cuppa, and some money, in your lounge or garden for the Marie Curie Nurses on the front line”. Riona Houghton, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser in Somerset said: “Our Blooming Great Tea Party looks a little different this year but I think everyone needs an excuse to meet up with their friends and family – online of course – and check in on the people they love. If you can do that while raising some money for Marie Curie, then your generous donations will enable us to help even more people at the end of their lives get the care they need in this time of uncertainty. “We rely on the support of the amazing public to ensure our nurses can keep caring for people. And while the coronavirus crisis has badly impacted our fundraising events, we hope by going virtual we’ll be able to raise the vital funds we need to keep supporting people in our communities across Somerset.” To register as a Blooming Virtual Tea Party host visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty or call 0800 716 146 for you fundraising pack full of hints, tips, recipes and fundraising ideas. Stuck for recipe ideas? You can find plenty of inspiration on the Marie Curie website or why not try out this Coffee, Walnut and Baileys...

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New bereavement support service available in Somerset

Posted on 22nd May, 2020 in News

Somerset County Council has commissioned two leading charities to provide bereavement support for people in Somerset in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Somerset Bereavement Support Service will be delivered in partnership by end-of-life charity Marie Curie and mental health charity Mind in Somerset. Councillor Clare Paul, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Health and Wellbeing said: “During the coronavirus pandemic we are, together, facing loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances and I would like to personally offer my condolences to the families and friends in Somerset and beyond who have lost a loved one. “This important new bereavement support service aims to reduce the distress and improve the long-term outlook of people bereaved during the coronavirus pandemic, enabling them to improve their resilience, functioning and wellbeing. The service is there to help people feel safe to explore their thoughts and feelings, understand grief and develop copying strategies. I hope it can provide the much-needed support and comfort that people need at such a difficult time.” In the first instance, for those over 18, telephone support calls will be provided by Marie Curie Companions, specially trained volunteers who can offer emotional support to bereaved people or support in some cases pre-bereavement. The service can also provide support to professionals in Somerset dealing with bereavement in their work setting. Julia Bearne, Marie Curie Community Engagement and Development Manager, said: “When someone close to you dies it is, and has always been, terribly difficult. Sadly, we know that the recent restrictions enforced because of the coronavirus are making it even harder. “This service is not only for those who have lost someone directly to coronavirus, but for anyone experiencing grief, whatever stage they may be at. We anticipate many callers will have lost someone during or just prior to the lock down period and are either grieving in isolation, were not able to see their loved one before they died or perhaps were not able to attend the funeral. “Our Companions offer comfort, a friendly voice and a listening ear. Please don’t be afraid to reach out for help, so often talking to someone can make a huge difference.” Where further support is needed, the Marie Curie Companion volunteers will carefully link people to specialist Mind in Somerset bereavement support workers who will deliver up to six bereavement counselling sessions. This service is available to adults and children over 12 years. Susan Hoyle, Bereavement Lead, Mind in Somerset, said: “We would like people to know, including professionals and young people, that we are here for you to help and support if you have experienced a loss during these very difficult times.” Louise Finnis, Public Health Specialist, Somerset County Council, said: “This is an exciting piece of partnership work which we are seeing so much of during the coronavirus pandemic. I am delighted such experienced charities will be able to support Somerset people at this difficult time.” If you or someone you know, is affected by grief or bereavement, and would like to talk to someone, please call the Somerset Bereavement Support Service on 0800 3047 412 (Monday to Saturday, 9am to...

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Somerset Waste Partnership – Updates and revised collection dates

Posted on 22nd May, 2020 in News

Somerset Waste Partnership briefings are available below: SWP Briefing late May 2020 FINAL SWP Recycling site timetable week beginning 25 May 2020

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Somerset Sight – Appeal for Volunteers

Posted on 22nd May, 2020 in News

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Somerset Waste Partnership – May briefing

Posted on 7th May, 2020 in News

Please find attached the latest Briefing from Somerset Waste Partnership, with news about the reopening of 11 recycling sites from Monday 11 May and the simultaneous restart of garden waste collections. Please note the many temporary conditions/restrictions of recycling site use to ensure safety, manage numbers and maintain social distancing. SWP Briefing May 2020

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Monkton Heathfield Phase 2 – Developer Consultation – Deadline for comments – 14th May

Posted on 4th May, 2020 in News

Persimmon and Redrow are currently consulting with the public on their proposals for Monkton Heathfield Phase 2. Please take a look at the consultation and take the time to submit your comments, please do so before Thursday 14th May. The consultation is available via this link: https://sites.google.com/view/monkton-heathfield-consult/home  

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Monkton Elm Garden Centre – Open for Online Orders and Deliveries

Posted on 29th April, 2020 in News

Monkton Elm Garden Centres online delivery service is now available. The Garden Centre are mainly doing local deliveries (free delivery with orders over £40) – which will hopefully be of interest to those living in West Monkton and Monkton Heathfield. https://www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk/

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Somerset Prepared Newsletter

Posted on 20th April, 2020 in News

The latest Somerset Prepared Newsletter is available here: http://www.somersetprepared.org.uk/?wysija-page=1&controller=email&action=view&email_id=32&wysijap=subscriptions&user_id=905

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Parish Surgery meetings – cancelled

Posted on 17th April, 2020 in News

As the Coronavirus Pandemic continues this is a quick post to confirm that the month Parish Surgery meetings that normally take place on the second Thursday  of the month at 8.30am have been cancelled.  Confirmation will follow when they can resume. In the meantime, if you have any issues that you would like to raise, please contact the Clerk clerk@westmonkton.net  

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Put Easter habits on hold says SWP

Posted on 9th April, 2020 in News

People are being asked to consider putting Easter home improvements on hold to help the county cope with a recycling and waste “perfect storm”. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is warning that the usual Easter activities of spring cleaning, DIY and extra gardening could put unbearable strain on collections which are struggling to deal with the impacts of Coronavirus. With the county’s 16 Recycling centres temporarily closed – until restrictions on non-essential journeys are relaxed – the four-day Easter weekend will see even more material put out for collection crews. Across the county, hard-working crews are already collecting around 300 extra tonnes of recycling a week compared to the same time last year, up about 20%. This comes at a time when nearly 60 staff are unable to work because they have virus symptoms or are in self-isolation. SWP is focussed on maintaining its most important services – fortnightly rubbish collections and weekly recycling and clinical waste pick-ups. That means garden waste and bulky waste collections are suspended while orders for new or replacements recycling boxes and rubbish bins aren’t currently being accepted. Recycling rounds are coming under increasing strain. When rounds are missed householders are asked to take their boxes back inside until the following week. To help it manage the pressures, SWP is calling on householders to hold-off on their Easter clear-outs and tidy ups – unless they can store their waste until recycling centres reopen. Councillor Sarah Dyke, Chair of the Somerset Waste Partnership Board, said: “The crews are doing a remarkable job, but if we see the usual spike over the Easter break even they are going to struggle to keep up – people will see more disruption to their recycling services. “We understand that over this long weekend lots of people will be planning to do their spring cleaning, tackle DIY projects, and spend time gardening. We can only encourage everyone to think carefully about how they plan to store or reuse the waste they create when taking it to a recycling centre is currently not an option.” Mickey Green, Managing Director of SWP, added: “Remember, fly-tipping is a crime and those caught will be prosecuted. Burning rubbish causes pollution and can annoy neighbours and affect people’s health. “So, if you can’t store it yourself, we’d ask you to put those tasks on hold until a time when it doesn’t risk overwhelming our collections. “We’d like to thank everyone for the support they’ve been showing our crews, it really makes a difference for these key workers.” People can help crews keep up by: • Sorting recycling properly – putting the right items in the right boxes so crews can collect it quicker and move on. • Parking considerately – so collection vehicles can easily get to where they need to go. This has been big issue with more people working from home and more cars parked on residential roads. • Reducing your waste – limit the waste you generate, whether that’s by thinking before you order online shopping or composting any food waste. • Reusing where possible – whether that’s using plastic containers to turning recycling materials into crafting projects for the children. For more information about how oy reduce and reuse your waste, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus For the latest information about services and any disruption visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and...

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Somerset Coronavirus Helpline

Posted on 9th April, 2020 in News

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Love Musgrove launches Covid-19 Response Fund

Posted on 7th April, 2020 in News

Love Musgrove, the official charity of Musgrove Park Hospital, launched its campaign to raise money to support the incredible work of local NHS staff. Love Musgrove is here to support the NHS and staff at Musgrove Park and will continue to do so during this difficult time. Staff are working incredibly hard to keep us safe; their dedication, commitment and passion to continue to deliver exceptional care during this unprecedented period is truly inspirational and the Charity are extremely proud of them. In light of their hard work, and the challenge facing the community, the Charity are encouraging everyone to rally behind Musgrove as well as saying thank you to staff during this extremely difficult time. The best way to say thank you is to donate to Love Musgrove’s brand new Covid-19 Response Fund, where money can be used where it is most needed, which includes: • Funding wellbeing packs/gifts for staff and volunteers on wards/departments (this could include food deliveries, high energy/protein bars/drinks, snacks, refreshments, wash kits, overnight stay kits, furniture for rest rooms, etc.) • Purchasing food to make meals for staff during shifts, kindly being supported by Taunton School and Somerset Larder. • Equipment and support for the busiest departments, like ITU (Intensive Therapy Unit) & A&E • Items to support patients in isolation like DAB Radios and iPads • Cost of travel, parking, accommodation for NHS staff and volunteers • Volunteer expenses • This list is not exhaustive There are several easy ways to donate: • Donate online at www.lovemusgrove.org.uk/covid19 • Text MUSGROVE followed by your donation amount (between £1 & £20) to 70085 • Send a cheque, made payable to ‘Love Musgrove Covid-19’ to Fundraising Office, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 5DA The Charity is thrilled to see members of the local community come together to help raise money for the Covid-19 Response Fund. Frankie Wright, who has helped spearhead the effort to raise funds for the Covid-19 Response Fund, has set up her own Just Giving page to collect donations from family, friends and the local community to support the work of Musgrove Park Hospital during this difficult time. Frankie had this to say: “Hi, I am Frankie, I live with my husband, two daughters, Marley and Riva, and our cat Elsie. I have been inspired by my friends Paola and Ziggy in North Wales who have set up a Just Giving page for their local hospital, to set one up for our local hospital – Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.  I feel the need, as so many of us do, to help in whatever way I can, and as we are currently isolating ourselves in our little home in rural Somerset, it’s something I can actually do!” Friends Nick and Alex are taking on a Rowing Isolation Challenge to raise funds, and had the following to say: “We would like to support our local hospital, Musgrove Park Hospital, as it prepares itself to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We also want to promote the importance of staying healthy and exercising at home during periods of isolation. We have set ourselves a challenge, and the difficulty will be dictated by how much money is raised. We will row indoors 100 meters for every £1 donated to support Love Musgrove. We have set a fundraising target of £2,000. If we realise this goal, that equates to 200km of rowing between us. We hope this target will be reached, and even surpassed!” To keep up to date with those that are taking on fundraising challenges and actively supporting our work, and to support them...

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Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline Launched

Posted on 6th April, 2020 in News

Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline launched A single phone number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils. The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is now live and will make it easier for people access any local authority help they may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis. It links together the district and county council contact centres and will be operating seven days a week, 8am to 6pm, making it the one number you need to remember for Coronavirus-related enquiries. The district and county councils usual phone numbers will be running as normal alongside the new number for non-Coronavirus related issues. The new number won’t cover medical advice, for which people will need to continue to use the 111 NHS online service and only ring 111 if they cannot get help online. Anyone who can’t find help within their own local networks and volunteers, can use the new number to get help and advice around: • Personal care and support including food and delivery of prescriptions • Support for the homeless • Emotional support if you’re feeling worried or anxious • Transport to medical appointments • Waste collection and disposal • Financial support Callers will be asked to describe the support they require and will be connected with others for resolution. The 0300 790 6275 number is being staffed by the five councils in Somerset and will be available seven days per week 8am – 6pm. Meanwhile, the five councils in Somerset are getting in touch with people on their data base that may be vulnerable to see if they need assistance with anything like supplies of food, help with transport and other support. If people are interested in volunteering for example helping people out with shopping or picking up prescriptions they can go to https://www.corona-helpers.co.uk/ to...

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Trading Standards Service – Coronavirus Scams

Posted on 6th April, 2020 in News

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Mindline Somerset – Now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Posted on 6th April, 2020 in News

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Community Council for Somerset – Thatch Newsletter – Spring 2020

Posted on 2nd April, 2020 in News

The Community Council for Somerset Spring 2020 Thatch Newsletter is available here: https://mailchi.mp/10a95e3c4098/ccs-thatch-newsletter-spring-2020?e=ed59b45946

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New Bus Service – Monkton Heathfield

Posted on 31st March, 2020 in News

The new bus service number 12 in Monkton Heathfield will start as promised on 6th April but running on an emergency timetable, no buses on Sundays. Concessionary bus passes can be used. Please observe government guidelines. A copy of the emergency timetable is available here: Route 12 emergency timetable Apr 2020

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VIRUS INFO. FROM JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

Posted on 31st March, 2020 in News

VIRUS INFO. FROM JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY. The following is from an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University: The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells. Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies. The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own. HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful. Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus. Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside. Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin. NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive. NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only -between 3 hours (fabric and porous), -4 hours (copper and wood) -24 hours (cardboard), – 42 hours (metal) and -72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose. The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster. UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin. The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin. Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat. NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%. LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol. The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less. You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom. You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better. Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there. -JOHNS HOPKINS...

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Somerset West and Taunton Council Offices – Closed

Posted on 24th March, 2020 in News

SWT Offices Closed Following the latest government advice to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus SWT has closed its offices to protect our community and staff. Many of our services can be accessed online at www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk If you still need to see someone face to face please call our customer services 0300 304 8000 between 8am – 6pm to make an appointment. If you have a homeless emergency please call the free phone number 0808 164 5186 This way we can keep you and our staff safe. Customers can help us through this unprecedented time by using our online services and not communicating via paper post as far as possible. This is particularly important for the planning service where we would encourage you to use the Planning Portal to submit applications or email planning@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk for advice. Leader of the Council, Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts said: “The health and safety of our staff and our residents is our top priority. We are following advice from Public Health England daily and understand that this is a worrying time but be reassured that we will communicate with you effectively and maintain core services.” For quick up to date information regarding SWT services please follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/SWTCouncil/ or Twitter @swtcouncil Please see our dedicated webpage for updates https://www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-advice/ If you have concerns about your own health and coronavirus please visit...

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2019/20 WMPC Annual Report

Posted on 23rd March, 2020 in News

The West Monkton Parish Council 2019/20 Annual Report is available here: Annual Report 2020 Final

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GUIDELINES TO PREPARE AS A COMMUNITY FOR CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Posted on 16th March, 2020 in News

The Parish Council has prepared some guidelines about how to prepare as a community for Coronavirus (Covid-19).  It is available here: GUIDELINES TO PREPARE AS A COMMUNITY FOR CORONAVIRUS If you have any queries, please get in touch (clerk@westmonkton.net)  

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Annual Parish Meeting – 25th March – CANCELLED

Posted on 11th March, 2020 in News

The Annual Parish Meeting that was scheduled to take place on 25th March has been cancelled as a precaution due the Coronavirus pandemic. If you have any queries, please contact the Clerk clerk@westmonkton.net

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