General Parish News

This section has notices of general interest, volunteering, newsletters from external bodies, and details of events in the Parish.

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General Parish News

Cricket Club Fixtures 2017

The Cricket Fixture card for 2017 is now available:

Fixture Card 2017

All home fixtures are included in the ‘What’s On’ section of the website.

Chairman Retires – 9th May 2017

Cllr Hazel Ellis retired as Chairman of West Monkton Parish Council after 7 years, at the Annual meeting of the Parish Council at the BACH yesterday.  She was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the incoming Chairman, Cllr Stuart Haskins.  Cllr Ellis will continue as a Parish Councillor.

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:
• Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council website:
• dropbox:

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: or;
• 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




General Parish News

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.


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West Monkton Parish Council

New Building and Development

HeadlinesThe Western Relief Road (WRR), which will link the bottom of Yallands Hill to the Milton Hill roundabout (by Farriers Green) and on further to the Bathpool roundabout, is now well into detailed planning and is expected to be delivered by Christmas 2017. For more information on this see the planning map further down the newsletter.
2017 marks the beginning of a new era for Taunton after being named as one of three new Garden Towns by the Government. This is good news as Taunton Deane has been awarded the substantial sum of £350K to cover master planning costs and identify important infrastructure requirements.
The West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine Neighbourhood Plan is almost complete but needs to be approved by certain regulatory bodies; the team are waiting for a response from Natural England to the Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report.  This should be received sometime very soon and it is expected that the NP will then be going out for public consultation within the next month.
Key Dates
Wednesday 22nd Mar Annual Parish Meeting at 7.00 p.m. for ALL members of the Parish in the Brittons Ash Community Hall. All welcome.
Wednesday 12th Apr Parish Council meeting at 7.00 p.m in the Brittons Ash Community Hall. All welcome.
A great opportunity to meet your neighbours!
LOCAL CENTREFollowing applications from four pharmacies the NHS has now approved the inclusion of a pharmacy in the  Monkton Heathfield Local Centre. This is subject to appropriate commercial considerations and a viable proposition but is a change to its original position. This is good news and follows strong representation from the Parish Council that the Medical Centre at Creech St Michael and the Crown Medical Centre at Priorswood did not have capacity for the new Urban Extension.
Other retail units are available and interested parties should contact Councillor Cavill on
An announcement about the application for funds for a possible roundabout with ‘slip roads’ at the Creech Castle junction is expected shortly (works in the region of £7.6m).
A bus gate will be installed on the old A38, also known as Bridgwater Road, at the Bathpool end. This will be used to restrict traffic past the school and will likely be completed when the Western Relief Road has been opened.
PROPOSED A3259 BUS GATEFurther traffic modelling is planned in 2018 following the opening of the WRR, the installation of the A38 bus gate and the development at Hartnells Farm (just off the A3259 opposite the Charles Church development). This will inform ongoing discussions regarding options for traffic calming vs bus gate on this road.
Work has started on what is known as ‘Parcel 13’, adjacent to the Monkton Elm Garden Centre. A children’s play area will be developed in the South West corner of the site, details are not yet known.

Redrow and Persimmon are currently being chased over a number of issues relating to the fact that the Monkton Heathfield site has not yet been ‘adopted’ and important elements are lacking.
The management company ‘Greenbelt’ does not appear to have been fulfilling the maintenance of the public open spaces that was indicated by Persimmon.

The new Monkton Heathfield Cooperative is now open on School Road opposite the Tacchi-Morris Centre!
The DRAFT Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Taunton Deane in January 2017 and comments had been received. These will be addressed where they can be and then the document will be published for a six week public consultation. Following this, relevant amendments will be made before final submission to Taunton Deane.
Subsequent to this the NP must be submitted to an ‘Independent Examiner’ before going to a public referendum. It is expected that this may occur sometime in September or October 2017.



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Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

Sunday 14th May 2017

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Inland waterways

Hello Everyone.

We have a variety of locations for our planned Activities.
Please note there will  not be a  work party taking place on Saturday March 11th in Bridgwater regrettably this due to circumstances beyond my control.

Bridgwater                         Tuesday    7th March  

Taunton                              Saturday  11th March  
Bridgwater                          Tuesday   14th March

Volunteer  Vacancies.
In Bridgwater.
Administration Assistant.
Stores person


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. ​


Should you have any questions or need more information about any of the activities listed above Please contact me I will be very happy to help.



 Taunton Work Party

Saturday March 11th 2017

    Volunteers meet at Firepool Lock Canal Car Park,
Canal Road ,Taunton TA1 1PJ.
10am start and we will aim finish around 1pm.

We plan to carry out a very small amount of vegetation tidying in this area,also we plan to continue with litter picking from our last finish point on the permissive path and this may also include other areas near by.
Volunteers are advised to wear old clothes suitable for the weather conditions and wear sturdy or shoes.


Please remember to let me know if you plan to attend.​.
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. ​


Should you have any questions or need more information about any of the activities listed above Please contact me I will be very happy to help.



Volunteers Vacancies in Bridgwater.
Administration Assistant.… helping with imputing data,record keeping and other admin tasks.


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


Kind Regards

Mike Slade.

Volunteer Co-ordinator
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Somerset Waste Partnership

Briefing for Members, Partners and Staff

February 2017

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 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

mouthful counts

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

February 2017.

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

on the










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

EA17.01.16 Bathpool Overview Briefing Note – FINAL





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: 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


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… 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

Audrey Mansfield
Village Agent

Tel: 01823 331222
Mobile: 07870 577925



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

There is full advice and information to Stay Well This Winter at




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Dear Parishes,
cds-map-newPlease find below an update from Connecting Devon and Somerset.
Connecting Devon and Somerset Update
Voucher Scheme
The CDS Broadband Voucher Scheme, which provides anyone with a broadband speed of less than 2 Mbps with a voucher for £500 towards the cost of a new broadband connection, has received in excess of 3,900 applications. Of these over 2,700 have been approved and over 300 installations have already been completed. 18 suppliers have joined the scheme and are offering solutions such as 4G, fixed wireless and satellite to bring residents at least 10Mbps and in many cases much faster speeds.
The CDS voucher scheme will close on 30th November to new applications. This will allow suppliers to complete installations and return invoices to CDS by the end of the financial year in March 2017.
Residents and businesses who have slower speeds can apply through the Connecting Devon and Somerset website. Those with speeds that are confirmed as below the 2Mbps threshold and have no access to faster networks will be issued with a voucher. In some cases where there is a programme underway to connect an area the applicant will be informed that they may be able to access improved broadband through another scheme. If residents do not have sufficient internet access to apply online, paper copies of the application form can be sent. Alternatively arrangements can be made to take applications over the phone.
Further details can be found on the CDS website at:
Phase 2 Procurement
In July Connecting Devon and Somerset partnership (CDS) issued its open tender to extend the superfast broadband scheme in phase two. £39.5m of public sector investment will deliver Next Generation Access broadband services (a minimum of 30 Mbps) and ultrafast broadband (of speeds greater than 100 Mbps) to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across Devon and Somerset in predominantly rural areas.
CDS is evaluating tenders from bidding suppliers for this second phase and aims to have secured contracted partner(s) by December. Works on phase two can then begin in the New Year connecting more premises across Devon and Somerset.
The phase two intervention area is comprised of premises that have received no superfast Next Generation Access under phase one, are outside of central urban areas that CDS are encouraging to be served by the market, and have not been identified in the Open Market Review as part of a private commercial rollout. The tax-payer subsidised CDS programme has focused phase two on rural areas and as such provided contractual incentive to suppliers to deliver step changes in speeds; benefitting those who need it most.
National Parks
The phase two National Parks programme is already underway in our most difficult to reach areas of Dartmoor and Exmoor. CDS aims to deliver connections to around 5,800 premises across the moors, boosting the rural economy.
Airband Community Ltd, the wireless broadband contractor for Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, have connected up most of the network ring on Dartmoor and are installing the first sites on Exmoor. Presently over 1000 properties on Dartmoor and some more on Exmoor can connect to the fixed wireless network. Postcards are being sent out to properties who can receive a service and residents on the moors can find more information on the CDS website as well as registering for updates on
We would appreciate it if you could publish this update online or in parish noticeboards to ensure as many communities as possible are informed.
The CDS team

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.




Village Agent Updates

Audrey Mansfield Village Agent is now going to be working for Adult Social Care in Taunton Deane and GP Surgeries in Broadway and Ilminster as a Community Agent, she will no longer be...

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Information from Taunton Deane Borough Council

Affordable Housing Open Day - 7th June 2017

General Parish News
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Information from Somerset County Council

Service 21 – Taunton to Burnham on Sea via BridgwaterThe service between Taunton and Bridgwater is being reduced from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes with the removal of the short workings over this section of route. In addition to this with t...
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Church including 100 Club

The services for August are now available. Latest 100 Club winners.
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Highway problems such as potholes can be reported to the Clerk
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Somerset Waste Partnership

Latest newsletter is available
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Friends of Farriers

The group is up and running – if you are interested please contact Andy Pritchard on 07714184943 email leprichliff42@yahoo.comAre you interested? It doesn’t matter if you haven’t done anything like this before, because everyone will be new to ‘Frie...
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Environment Agency: Living on the Edge: A guide to your rights and responsibilities of riverside ownership (April 2016).

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West Monkton Annual Parish Meetings

The 2016 Annual Report is now available. The minutes from the 2015 meeting have been archive filed on this site, please use the search box on the front page.
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Upcoming Events

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Nov 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Come and have a coffee / tea and a chat about ideas you may have for the community, or things that concern you. County Councillor, David Fothergill, Taunton Deane Councillors Norman Cavill, and the Parish[...]
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