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Summer 2021 Issue 3

A GUIDE TO LOCAL LIFE

Welcome to your community magazine


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CONTENTS MAYOR’S MESSAGE 4 BLOOMIN’ RADSTOCK 5 CROP DROP 8

Bringing together Clandown, Haydon, Radstock and Writhlington.

We hope this issue finds you well and you are

getting out and about a bit more now lockdown has eased. We also hope you have been able to catch up with family and friends. (Socially distanced of course). In this issue you’ll find updates on a number of projects, as well as news from the community. Our next issue will be published at the end of July, so do get in touch if you want to be involved. For advertising, contact Zoe on 01761 410141, there are even special discounts available if you want to appear in more than one of our publications! Be sure to speak to Zoe to find out more. If you are part of an organisation, sports club or would like to submit local news, please email us on news@ignyte-uk.co.uk. In the meantime, you can follow our Facebook page and we hope you enjoy this issue of The Wheel! thewheelradstock WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS TO 3000 HOMES IN THE AREA? PRICES START FROM JUST £55

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The next edition of The Wheel will be in August 2021. If you would like your group to be included in the next edition, please contact us on 01761 437962 before the deadline of 7th July 2021. If you have difficulty reading the print, please contact the Town Clerk for a large print copy. You can also view The Wheel on the council’s website at www.radstock-tc.gov.uk. The Wheel is produced by Ignyte Media Ltd, Bathway Farm, Bathway, Chewton Mendip, BA3 4LN. Tel 01761 410141. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the data contained in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. Ignyte or Radstock Town Council does not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored in any retrieval system in any form without the prior permission of the publisher.


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MAYOR’S MESSAGE For my part, I have completed nearly three years of being Mayor and am personally thankful for the opportunity to serve the town in this way. We have seen much change and the familiar landscape is gradually adjusting to the appearance of new housing and the disappearance of worn and disused buildings. We have been fortunate that the Angel of Covid has passed by without visiting many of us but the wider effects, including reduced work opportunities, have been felt by many more.

Once again may I welcome you to the delights

of The Wheel magazine, the third issue in this ambitious task to keep our residents up to date with all that is going on in Radstock.

Spring is here once again and the prospects for us all will be enhanced during this season of renewal. It is important for our community that local businesses, shops and trades are supported. The Wheel will serve as your guide to what is going on. I wish you good health and joy. Rupert Bevan Mayor of Radstock

LOCAL POLICING UPDATE There have been reports of suspicious behaviour

and drug dealing around Fortescue Road in Radstock. This area and issue remain the top priority for the Somer Valley beat, and we will continue to pay it a lot of attention. Again we ask that members of the public who are witnessing any incidents to report them to us as they are happening, via 999, 101 or the Force Website. Please be aware of an increase in thefts from vehicles, in particular, vans, in the area of Radstock and Midsomer Norton. Where possible, remove

expensive equipment from your vehicle and think about how you park your van. Try to park with rear doors obstructed by walls or buildings to improve security and look at the possibility of adding additional locks to doors. For further crime prevention advice, you can make contact with your beat team via the police website. www.avonandsomerset.police.uk Mark Graham - Neighbourhood Constable


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BLOOMIN’ RADSTOCK It’s

a great relief to see lockdown finally easing, and if all goes well this summer, we should see the return of the RHS South West in Bloom competition, and they hope to judge Radstock in July in as normal a way as possible. Planning has been underway for some time albeit in a rather different method than we are used to. Instead of meeting once a month and due to the ageing group, many of the committee have been shielding and this has left us with only really the option of telephone calls and emails to one another and most decisions being carried out by an extremely limited number of volunteers and officers. Radstock has previously enjoyed many RHS Gold awards and reached a RHS Gold standard in the Champion of Champions class in 2014, this was the year prior to Radstock’s regeneration. Whilst we stayed in the RHS competition during building works and disruption, it did us no favours. We have been consistent in achieving Silver Gilt since. So, we are awfully close to the Gold standard.

So how are we going to get there? This year our colour scheme will be hot colours. Oranges, Reds and Yellows which will represent the rising phoenix and we are looking to become heavily involved in improvements to our local climate, we hope this year to involve a primary school eco-group, the fabulous Writhlington Orchid project, community groups, allotments, Radstock traders and much more. The town’s coal trucks are looking tired and worse for wear and in need of a lick of paint and spruce up. The lettering representing the coal mines of Radstock needs a revamp and we may finally be able to agree on the spelling of the old pitt truck or is it meant to be just the one t? We will be looking at our local historians from Radstock Museum for the answer to this question. A new planter will adorn Ludlow Court “Plaza” this summer thanks to Councillor Bruce Shearn’s generous ward donation and we hope to bring you some new artwork, possibly a sculpture and a few surprises this summer. If you would like to help us achieve this goal, we are always looking for volunteers for working parties.

We will join the Keep Britain Tidy spring clean which will take place between May 28th - 13th June where we have pledged to cover 15 miles or 300 minutes, we’d like to double that so if you’d like to get involved with this year’s Keep Britain Tidy campaign, please get in touch via email or Facebook all the details can be found on page 26.


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K6 Telephone Box Many residents will have noticed the arrival

of the refurbished K6 telephone box adjacent to the Miners’ Wheel. The K6 was the first red telephone kiosk to be extensively used outside London, and many thousands were deployed in virtually every town and city, replacing most of the existing kiosks and establishing thousands of new sites. In 1935 there had been 19,000 public telephones in the UK by 1940, thanks to the K6, there were 35,000. Over the years they have sadly been left left behind thanks to modern phone technology and the Town Council is proud to have purchased this newly refurbished iconic K6 to house the defibrillator bought by Somer Valley Rotary Club and gifted to Radstock Town Council in 2019.

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with a participant by the library service to start a conversation about reading. People can volunteer as much or as little time as they can, with no experience required – just a love of conversation.

Enthusiastic volunteers are needed to become one-to-one befrienders, who would be put in touch

The library service will match befrienders and participants together in an initial meeting online or by phone to get them started, encouraging them to make their meeting a regular event. Anyone wishing to volunteer as a befriender or to become a participant should email Reading_Friends@bathnes.gov.uk or call 01225 394041.

befrienders and participants to socialise remotely, meet like-minded others and have fun talking about reading. Reading Friends is an opportunity to meet new people virtually or by phone to talk about books, magazines or any reading material and aims to support wellbeing and mental health during the Covid pandemic.

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cropdrop SPARE PRODUCE TO SHARE THIS SEASON? CropDrop

is a new community organisation with a team of volunteers who coordinate the redistribution of surplus fruit and vegetables from bountiful allotments and growers in Bath and North East Somerset. Volunteer drivers transport the produce to local community food projects alleviating food inequality, strengthening communities and minimising food miles. How does it work? A typical CropDrop operation is as follows: • Allotment holders leave any surplus produce in an arranged collection box on-site, protected from the weather and potential hungry animals. • On a pre-arranged day, a volunteer driver picks up the fruit and vegetables and transports them to a food community project. • The food project distributes to their clients the afternoon after a drop-off or the next day.

In addition to regular allotment drops the Crop Drop volunteers have also been able to respond to individual large one-off distributions when there is a particular seasonal glut (for example windfall apples, pumpkins). In some cases, the volunteer drivers have come forward from the allotment growers or the food projects themselves. What has been achieved so far… Some facts and figures (and estimates!) on what’s been achieved since the project began last July: • Over 150 ‘drops’ have been delivered from grower to food projects across the whole of B&NES. These included regular weekly drops from 10 allotment groups, 2 in the Somer Valley. • The total estimated weight of produce distributed is 1700kg, enough for a portion of fruit or veg in 21,000 meals. We estimate that in the Somer Valley almost 300kg of produce has been shared. • In the Somer Valley, local allotments and growers have supported Peasedown Food Bank, MSN Food Bank, SWALLOW Community Café, Temple Cloud Food Larder, Radstock FOOD Club and Paulton Village Larder. • Produce has ranged from beans, cabbages, courgettes, kale, pumpkins, apples, tomatoes, cucumbers....the list goes on!


The Wheel Where does the project grow from here? We are keen to build on the success of last year through connecting more growers with local community food projects, the provision of seasonal recipes, encouraging community food growing and involving schools in ‘farm to fork’ learning. We are also developing plans for ‘Grow a Row’ where growers are invited to grow an extra row of produce for the community. Interest in Radstock? We are keen to hear from anybody (individual grower, allotment group or community food project) that would like to take part in the project and if you would like to take part, please email Deborah at deborah.cropdrop@gmail.com or register at Crop Drop www.dropcrop.org.uk

ANNUAL COMMUNITY GRANT FUND AWARDS The Town Council is pleased to have made the following awards to local charitable and voluntary groups from it's Annual Community Grant Funding Creativity Works Evolve Music Midsomer Norton & Radstock Dial a Ride Radstock Museum

Small Stuff Baby Bank SWAN Advice Network Youth Connect St Nicholas Church Sight Support West of England

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North Somerset RAILWAY The

population of Radstock and the Somer Valley is burgeoning, and anyone who travels through the area already knows how long it takes with the additional traffic. An alternative transport system to the road is clearly long overdue. Following a number of attempts to restore the Radstock to Frome rail link. The North Somerset Railway (N.S.R) was formed to accomplish this using a different perspective to that of heritage rail previously tried. It was considered that previous attempts had failed because heritage rail, as the primary user, would isolate the line from any income apart from tourism, detracting from any contribution to restoring the socio/economic benefits lost by the initial line closure. Although the line would still be available for heritage rail use on specific occasions, the primary use of the line would be for a regular passenger and freight service on a commercial basis to mainline standards. As defined in the company’s mission statement, this would serve the community of the Somer Valley and is what we intend to do. N.S.R are now a declared Community Interest Company, registered as a Community Interest Railway.

Current Development Although we have not been in the public eye for some time, this does not mean we have gone away! In fact, we have been extremely busy on a number of developments over the last 12 months. Transport Works Act Obtaining this is an essential legal requirement prior to any organisations transporting the public or commercial freight. This is a particularly complicated piece of legislation which can only be handled by experienced solicitors. Our legal team are now preparing the application and we await the outcome. Beeching Reverse Programme Initiative The N.S.R has applied for funding through this new government initiative and have now successfully completed the early stages of the application. This has been a very onerous task mainly owing to the sheer volume and depth of information required. However, this will be ongoing as the process requires repeating for a number of stages before a final decision is made.


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Small Stuff baby Bank Small Stuff Baby Bank

has continued to run throughout the pandemic and has now supported over 200 local families. Items such as nappies, clothes, toys, book and buggies have been provided for free, to families who need them. The baby bank has been fortunate to be awarded a second grant from Radstock Town Council. Unfortunately, the baby bank is also actively looking for a new base. If you have a space the size of a double garage, please get in touch with Rachel ASAP on smallstuffbb@gmail.com

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EVOLVE MUSIC Evolve Music is a grassroots community music charity. Using sound exploration and improvisation, we co-create music with communities and support the development of music leaders and the wider community music sector.

Explorers & Adventurers - Evolve Music’s early years music sessions are designed and run by specialist Community Music Leaders and highly-skilled musicians to provide families with an immersive and interactive musical experience. They are tailored to support families’ individual needs, helping parents to build an intimate connection with their child/ children. Learning through play, singing, puppets, storytelling, music and movement, our carefully constructed activities are designed to support all aspects of a child’s natural development. Dad’s Rock - This summer Evolve Music will launch Dads’ Rock, a unique pilot programme for dads and their children that is targeted at supporting new dads who are struggling with their mental health. Developed in partnership with Bluebell, a Bath-based charity that supports parents with peri-natal depression, and their Dads In Mind service, the programme will provide opportunities for new dads to come together to socialise and develop vital support networks. Sound Lab - Sound Lab is a fun and interactive after-school music-making programme for young people aged 14+ that are on the autistic spectrum

or who have additional learning needs such as ADHD. Through regular online provision, sessions provide a space where participants can explore, collaborate and express themselves musically through improvisation, songwriting, music technology, instrumental performance and games. The programme aims to support participants’ social development through building confidence and selfesteem whilst also supporting the development of friendships and support networks, which will be vital for those leaving education and transitioning into the community. In addition to our regular online provision, we will also be running our Sound Lab Summer School during the summer holidays, a weekly programme of face-to-face music-making that will take place in Radstock. For more information on any of these programmes, please visit our website or get in touch: 07943973473 | mark@evolvemusic.org.uk www.evolvemusic.org.uk


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Nature-focused Summer Reading Challenge This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme

is ‘Wild World Heroes’. To deliver it The Reading Agency has teamed up with WWF to encourage children across the country to engage in fun reading activity focused on environmental issues. The annual Summer Reading Challenge, which reaches over 700,000 children across the UK each year, will return in June/July 2021. This year, with the help of the new digital platform, the charity will be aiming to increase its impact even further and reach 1 million children. The popular challenge encourages reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, building reading skills and confidence and helping to prevent the ‘dip’ in reading skills while children are out of school. By providing fun reading activities this summer, the Challenge will also play a key role in supporting reading catch-up after a difficult year. This year’s theme - ‘Wild World Heroes’ - will inspire children to explore ways of helping to save

the planet. With ideas from WWF, the Challenge focuses on taking action for nature and tackling real-world environmental issues, from plastic pollution and deforestation to wildlife decline and nature loss. Through taking part in the Challenge, with free packs from public libraries or online, children will be able to join six fictional characters - ‘wild heroes’ - to help solve some of these threats, learning about the importance of the environment while helping to restore nature levels in the neighbourhood of ‘Wilderville’. The characters and landscape will be illustrated by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Heath McKenzie. Over the summer term, WWF will be offering opportunities and resources for UK public libraries and primary schools to engage with the nature theme in the Summer Reading Challenge and to explore some of the most important issues of our time through the power of reading. You can read more at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk


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Save the date for Harry Potter night Save the date for a magical Harry Potter night.

Harry Potter Book Night takes place each year and is a chance for everyone to join together and celebrate J.K Rowling’s wonderful series. This year’s event will take place on the 24th June and the Community Hub and Library are conjuring up a fantastic and magical time for Potter fans, old and young. Plans for the night are still bubbling in the cauldron, so keep an eye on the Community Hub’s Facebook page, the Town Council website and The Wheel Facebook page for more details nearer the time.

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NEWS FROM RADSTOCK & WESTFIELD BIG LOCAL Small Fund for community groups The wonderful Tyning Together is a community group that is making amazing things happen locally! It’s inspiring to learn about their commitment to the environment and towards building on the strong sense of community in the Tyning area. They’ve been taking plenty of action recently and we’re really pleased we can support them on their journey. We’ve contributed funds towards a sunflower competition, as well as a seed swap and litter picking equipment. We look forward to some great photos later in the year when they’ve turned their front gardens yellow! School Capital Fund We set up the School Capital Fund so that schools could access money to improve their outdoor learning and play equipment and get their pupils exercising in the fresh air as much as possible. With a number of schools in the process of finalising their applications we’re excited that 2021 will be a good year for improving the health of children and young people.

we to be honest, because it looks incredible, and professionally made by a local firm too! We look forward to supporting Trinity again; maybe we’ll see them at our next Dragons’ Den event. Investing in Resilience Since the world went topsy-turvy over a year ago, we have had to adapt our investment plan. It should be obvious from the above that we’re focusing our energies towards creating opportunities for healthy living. Our community is blessed with beautiful countryside with woods, cycle paths and waterways to explore, and we want to help you make the most of our area’s natural resources. Very soon a Curiositree project will start at St Mary’s Primary School during the week and another separate project during weekends, taking children on a creative journey in nature for a few months. We anticipate the project will find evidence that this kind of experience has a beneficial impact on their mental health - this evidence will help make a case for including it in social prescribing and could bring more funds into the area for more projects of this kind in the future.

You can read all about the projects and how to get involved on our website: radstockwestfield.org.uk

Trinity Church School invited us to the great unveiling of their giant climbing equipment and fire-pit gazebo. The children were deliriously happy and so were

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RADSTOCK HERITAGE BOARDS The idea of having some information boards in

Radstock for local people and tourists to learn a little more about the heritage of the town, originally came from the Radstock Residents’ Association. Recently, the resulting boards were installed in the town, and already many people have been seen stopping to look at them during their daily lockdown walks. Local residents raised the idea with Radstock Town Council in September 2018 and a budget for the boards was made available from the “community infrastructure fund” (monies given to councils by

developers). Diane Abbott, Office and Communications Officer at Radstock Town Council, coordinated the project, and began by organising a meeting with volunteers from Radstock Museum. Volunteers, Dr Nick Hall, Museum Chairman and Lucy Tudor, Head of Publicity, took onboard the residents’ wishes and set about choosing key locations within the town that had a story to tell in local history. It was decided that there would be two A1 size boards, one to be sited in the Miner’s Memorial


The Wheel Garden outside the museum, and the other to be sited in the flower bed opposite Radstock Town Council Hub, both on land maintained by the Town Council. Lucy said: “Once we knew how many boards we had and what size they were to be, Nick and I chose to feature the history of twelve locations in total, six on each board. We split the 12 locations geographically: six on the northern half of the town would feature on the board in the Miner’s Memorial Garden and the six on the southern side of the town would feature on the board opposite The Hub; that way, each point of interest would either be visible from standing by the board or be only a short walking distance away from it. For example, Victoria Hall is visible from the board opposite the Hub, and Snails Brook, outside swimming pool used by miners, is not visible, but is just a short walk from the board behind St Nicholas’ Church. “To help the public find the locations a short walk away, we decided we needed a map in the centre of each board which would be surrounded by old photos telling their stories. We decided that we could mark the locations on the map with a number which would correspond with a number on the old photo showing how it used to look. “In the museum, we had some local walks maps which were rather out of date, but they were

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beautifully illustrated by local artist Jane Randfield. I suggested that rather than just having an ordinary map marking the historic locations, we should ask Jane to draw a three-dimensional, illustrated map which would be visually much nicer and clearer, and I am really pleased to say that the idea was thought to be a good one.” Diane Abbott contacted the artist Jane Randfield and together with graphic designer Justin Folker, Nick Hall and Lucy Tudor, a team was established to get the board layout agreed. Diane, meanwhile, researched and received quotes for the physical boards and the mounting stands. There were a few holdups along the way with artist Jane Randfield having to await the final approval of the new Radco buildings to go through planning before she could draw them onto her three-dimensional map; then, of course, Covid delayed the project in 2020. However, the heritage boards are now in position and it is hoped that local people and visitors to the town will enjoy looking at and comparing the old photos with the scene as it looks today. Maybe those people will also be inspired, after reading the snippet of history accompanying each photo, to visit Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum and find out more. The museum hopes to re-open in the spring or summer of 2021, for news updates, visit radstockmuseum.co.uk.

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Radstock town council PRECEPT 2021-2022 Radstock Town Council has 11

elected councillors who serve and protect the interests of our local community. The Council sets a policy framework, strategic plan and budget providing services direct to local people. It also supports other community ventures, working in partnership with other organisations, and gives grants to local groups. The Council serves a population of approximately 5,000 people (about 2,500 households). Radstock Town Council are very mindful that everyone has been impacted by the effects of Covid-19 in so many ways over the last year. Although the Council has also been impacted; through reallocating unspent funds (partly due to cancelled events) and by using a small amount of reserves, the Council is in a position to support the precept remaining at £154.31 for the Band D equivalent for 2021-2022. This will mean a small impact of precept received by Radstock Town Council of £2,786 in 2021-2022. Simply, this means the precept you will pay will remain the same as last year. This however, does not mean that delivery of services will be less, as Radstock Town Council will be working extra hard to ensure grants and funds are well spent. In fact, Radstock Town Council are very much looking forward to projects including Haydon Batch, continuing to support the food club and many other initiatives and projects.

Income Precept Miscellaneous income (Rent, photocopying) Allotments

780 1,100

Total Income

264,388

262,508

Expenditure Central Services Democratic Processes/Civic Capital / Projects

101,000 4,400 30,502

(Loan/Projects) Grants Youth Connect Magazine Christmas / Events In Bloom

10,000 21,000 7,000 8,300 7,000

Community Support & Events Subtotal

53,300

Community Hub Outside Services Southfield Tom Huyton Park & Toilets Memorial Park Haydon Batch Allotments Parks & Outside Spaces Subtotal

13,495 41,200 15,300 19,190 3,230 5,000 1,360

Total

287,977

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Radstock Community Library We want to lend you a book!

There are hundreds of books in Radstock Library just waiting for you – whatever age you are. Whether it’s The Gruffalo, graphic novels, scary science fiction, westerns, romantic novels, or the history of the world that interests you we have something that will entertain and delight, transporting you to another world for a moment. New books keep arriving, and you can borrow up to 20 books at a time for three weeks. You can ask to read any of the 2.5 million books held in 145 libraries in B&NES, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Dorset, Somerset, Bournemouth and Poole – so that should keep you busy for a while. We have just had a delivery of Living Well books for all ages that have general information and advice about maintaining good mental health and wellbeing, helping us all to understand and manage our feeling, deal with worries, help us to navigate the world - at work, at school, online and in the news. There are also books to help deal with tough times,

including when someone dies, trauma, and a range of mental health issues. Joining the library is free – just bring proof of address with you – and that gives you access to DVDs, spoken word, music CDs, printed music, maps and language materials. Once you are a member you can go online for to read ‘e books’, listen to ‘e audio books’, read a wide range of digital magazines and daily newspapers, search your family tree and more. We also have two computers for people to use - free for half an hour - there’s just a small change for the printer if you use it. As from 12 April 2021 the Library is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon 12noon-4pm. Please wear a facemask. As the Covid restrictions change, we will review the opening hours keep an eye out on the Town Council’s website and the Community Hub Facebook Page.

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Focus on Local People George Hill Radstock

born and bred, it is known amongst locals that George has done ‘something’ on stage but very few know what exactly this entailed so we have taken the opportunity to sit down with him and find out more. Originally going to St Nicholas School in Radstock, George danced with his mother, Sue Hill, at her dance school and regularly took part in their annual shows. He was unapologetic about his love for dance and whilst a student at St Nicholas, regularly entered their annual talent competition with song and dance numbers. George joined the Royal Ballet School in 1997 where he studied full-time at their boarding school, White Lodge. With the movie, Billy Elliot being released into cinemas around this time, many comparisons between Billy Elliot and George ‘Billy’ (William) Hill a 12-year-old from a mining village, were drawn and George received a lot of media coverage as the real-life Billy. Whilst training at the Royal Ballet School, George had numerous performance opportunities including the televised performance of the re-opening of the Royal Opera House, London, and danced on numerous occasions for the royal family. On meeting the Queen on one occasion she thought him ‘very thin’ suggesting he help himself to some more chicken! In 2003, George was a finalist in the Young British Dancer of the Year and in 2004 was a finalist in the Royal Academy of Dance International Adeline Genee, performing in front of 4000 people in a live televised final at the Herod Atticus Theatre, Athens. When a member of the graduate class at school, George was fortunate enough to perform with the Royal Ballet in numerous productions as well as

touring with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. In his graduation performance, George was fortunate enough to be cast as a leading role of Ashton’s Monotones II which he says still seems like a dream. In 2005 at 19, he moved to Germany after being snapped up by the Dresden Semperoper Ballet, a world-class ensemble of dancers. On his 21st birthday, George was given his first leading role as the Prince in The Firebird and after only two years in the corps de ballet (group), George was promoted to a soloist going on to perform leading roles in Swan Lake, the Nutcracker and Cinderella, as well as other neoclassical ballets working with famous choreographers. Feeling content with his balletic achievements George wanted to explore new avenues and broke into the world of Musical Theatre. Whilst on tour in Milan, George was offered and accepted a contract with Joy


The Wheel Model Management where he modelled for some of the world’s leading fashion houses, including Prada and Jill Sander. George came back to Bath after being offered a role in a film alongside Rupert Everet which was to be filmed in Bath. Missing his family and sense of home, George decided not to return to Milan and instead decided to stay home in Radstock and work alongside his mother Sue, teaching at the dancing school. In 2012, alongside teaching for the dancing school, George, together with his mother, set up BDC (Bath Dance College) which is a level 3 foundation college for those that wish to go on to work within the performing arts. Based in the Victoria Hall Radstock, George describes BDC as “a sixth form that guarantees success” with 100 percent of graduating students being offered places at some of the most

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prestigious performing arts universities in the country. Drawing students from all over the country, BDC has gained a reputation for being ‘the stepping stone to success.’ Being a workaholic, alongside working full-time in Radstock with his mother at the Victoria Hall, George has still managed to fit in performing contracts, appearing in music videos for various popular bands including The 1975, commercials for brands such as Equinox, and even managed a West End run in 2015. “I’m extremely proud of BDC, Sue Hill Dance, and all that we have achieved here. To give back to the students is a fantastic feeling and gives me a creative outlet whilst no longer performing. Some of our students have gone on to do amazing things and have fantastic careers and I am extremely proud to have been some small part of their journey.”

maxem eyewear Husband and Wife team, Vicky and Matt Andrews have over 20 years experience in the optical industry and have opened a dispensing only shop that offers an independent personal service with competitive prices. Dispensing only means that you just need to bring in an up to date prescription to order spectacles. All the spectacle and sunglass frames range from £30 £70 and coated lenses start from £30 per pair. They are also happy to reglaze any cherished frames, pince-nez or even monocles at no extra charge. Matt has run his own business called Maxem Glazing, providing a service directly to opticians all around the country. Vicky is a fully qualified Dispensing Optician who is on hand for any help and advice that is needed for frame and lens selection. “Westfield Trading Estate was a perfect location for our business. With rent not as high, we can pass this saving onto our customers and offering a parking space just outside the door makes the trip worthwhile.”

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CREATIVITY WORKS Upcoming creative wellbeing courses Join

Creativity Works for a series of creative wellbeing courses this April & May marking Mental Health Awareness Week. These workshops are for adults living in B&NES who would like to support their wellbeing through creativity. If you would like more information about these workshops, please contact philippa@creativityworks.org.uk or phone 07715 382877. To enrol on any of these courses please visit www.creativityworks.org.uk and complete the online enrolment forms. Intention Sticks Join us for an outdoor workshop in Sydney Gardens, Bath, to experience the benefits of working with and within nature. Facilitated by Artist and Art Therapist, Samantha Hickman. We’ll explore grounding in the present moment and go on a creative journey to connect with the environment to create ‘Intention Sticks’ to embody our thoughts and feelings from the experience. No artistic ability required. Open to all adult residents in B&NES. Free. Booking Essential! Places offered on a first come first serve basis. Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week. Dates: Thursday 13th May & 10th June Time: 2-4pm Location: Sydney Gardens, Bath Creative Pandemic Postcards Join us for a two-hour online workshop, to create a creative postcard using found images and text to creatively express our experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Facilitated by Samantha Hickman, Artist and Art Therapist. No previous experience necessary. Open to all adult residents in B&NES. Free.

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Dates: Wednesday 28 April & 5 May Time: 2.30–4.30pm Location: Online via zoom Writing outside the Walls – greenspaces and creative writing. Four-week course Would you like to inspire your creativity, connect with your senses and create a deeper understanding of place? Facilitated by Christina Sanders and Greg Atkin of Writing Space, one of our peer-led groups, this four-week outdoor creative writing walkshop is an opportunity to experiment with ways of walking which combine observation, memory and imagination. Drawing on our surroundings, it provides an opportunity to unlock your creativity, and find ways to write about it creatively. No previous experience necessary. All abilities welcome. Open to all adult residents in B&NES. Free. Dates: Starts: 11th May – for Mental Health Awareness Week. Following sessions: 18th, 25th May, 1st Jun Times: Tuesdays 2 – 4pm Location: Sydney Gardens, Bath


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YOUTH CONNECT SOUTH WEST Tackling serious youth violence through graffiti work

Working Towards Reducing AntiSocial Behaviour in Radstock The North East Somerset (NES) Youth Work team have been running a targeted support group in Radstock. The targeted group is based on reducing anti-social behaviour by looking at ways to manage challenging behaviour and instil respect. The goal is for young people to take ownership in their behaviour, and start making positive decisions in their communities. A youth worker said: “We want to listen to young people’s views on why anti social behaviour takes place. We want to them to start taking responsibility of their actions. We want to ensure YCSW provide support and positive activities to reduce anti-social behaviour across NES.”

Youth Connect teamed up with a graffiti artist for a graffiti project in Radstock during the February school holidays. The project provided a positive activity through lockdown and supported young people. Nick, who is the graffiti artist, said: “It was great that we could work with young people to be creative and expressive through this graffiti project.” One of the young people from the Radstock group said: “It was nice we can get out the house and do something artistic.” The project followed the National Youth Agency guidance for youth work during the pandemic.

Raising awareness on the risks of child sexual exploitation Radstock Town Council have funded the NES team to deliver a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) targeted girl groups in Radstock. The aim of the project is to keep young people safe through raising awareness on the dangers of CSE and educate young people on how to recognise the warning signs of CSE. Detached Youth Work Update Working with B&NES Council, Public Health England, the police and the National Youth Agency, we have continued to support young people through detached street-based work. We have seen an increase in young people on the streets across Radstock. Youth workers provided support and advice on COVID guidelines and handed out sexual health packs. We have continued the partnership working with a drugs and alcohol substance misuse organisation called DHI Project 28. P28 workers have signposted young people to their service in order to receive 1:1 support on drugs and alcohol substance misuse.


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SWALLOW COMMUNITY CAFÉ at St Nicholas Church Rooms Everyone at the SWALLOW Community

Café cannot wait to welcome people inside again on 17th May 2021. Up until that time, they are continuing their take away service and from 12th April, you will be able to eat your take away in the courtyard at the café.

adults with learning disabilities, please visit www.swallowcharity.org, or email nickyt@swallowcharity.org, or for café orders or bookings ring 07565752350.

The team are also updating their menu and will be offering daily specials – so keep an eye on the blackboard at the café. The SWALLOW Community Café provides training for local people with learning disabilities, both in the kitchen and front of house. It offers nutritious, affordable food and a safe, welcoming environment for the whole community. During the pandemic, the SWALLOW team have continued to work hard and have produced free meals for families in need and also coffee and cake for NHS workers. As the café opens its doors properly again, the team invite the local community to come along and enjoy some delicious food and drink and at the same time supporting this important local charity. If you would like to know more about SWALLOW and the other support that it offers teenagers and

Here is Lizzie, one of the café team working hard preparing food.

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No Place For Litter happy to help with any questions or advice you may have in organising your own event.

Since lockdown began in March 2020 and

more people have taken walks as part of their daily exercise, the area has been explored much more than usual, which has been fantastic. However, litter has also increased over the same period, not only is this unsightly but it also damages our local environment and has a knock-on effect to our local eco-systems.

Litter hubs can provide you with: • T he Loan of Litter pickers (for helping you pick up litter) • The Loan of Hi-Vis vests • Special B&NES Bags for the litter • An information pack for volunteers (E-copy)

Many of our Radstock litter heroes have taken the time during lockdown to use their exercise or a walk and litter pick along the way. As lockdown eases more groups and individuals are acknowledging the problem and are looking to get involved in Litter picks. We are indebted to our newly formed local Wombles group who have been outstanding in their efforts across Radstock and the Somer Valley.

Want to take part or organise an event? • S ean Fletcher, Radstock and the Somer valley 07801285113 or email radstockinbloom@gmail.com • E rica Davies, Keynsham 0117 9080903 or 0771 3417974 or email womble@transitionkeynsham.org •A ndrew Cowen, Bath 07711 301118 or email andrew@cowengardendesign.co.uk • I t is important that you contact the Litter Hub at least 2-3 weeks in advance of your group event so they can make sure the equipment is available for you as well as arrange a time for you to collect. • S ean can also loan out to a small number of single litter pickers for litter heroes and supply B&NES Gold Litter Bags to Wombles’ events.

Litter picks are easy to organise, and Radstock in Bloom and B&NES Council can help by providing equipment via #NoPlaceForLitter volunteer ‘hubs’ across B&NES and by collecting bags of litter after the event. Please contact Radstock litter hub for the Somer Valley area. #NoPlaceForLitter hubs are volunteers working alongside Bath & North East Somerset Council to maximise the help and support available to volunteer litter pickers across our council area. They are experienced litter pickers and will be

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Somerset and Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton Reopening in May Volunteers at Midsomer Norton Station

have been allowed back to work under strict Covid guidelines with limited numbers across the week. The gardeners have been able to tackle some of the weed backlog and do some replanting whilst carriage and rolling stock restorers have been working on the mineral wagons and recently acquired Pallet van. The ones on view are already, like the ‘new to us’ mini buffet coach, looking like real working railway wagons. The restoration of the British Rail mini buffet is the ‘pièce de resistance’ for the volunteers as it now looks much as it did in service with splendid new upholstery and flooring ready for our visitors. Hot drinks and snacks will be available to take on to the open patio area where Covid distance can be kept. The splendid new recycled plastic picnic tables are ready and waiting for visitors to take a break with refreshment in between train rides. Volunteers John Bridges, Vivien and Roger Taylor and Zaida Haworth are looking forward to welcoming visitors in May. There will be 3 carriage steam hauled rides with resident Sentinel Joyce and with one of our diesel shunters at the rear. At the end of May, there will be a family day with activities around the site to add to the interest of train rides. The S & D Joint Railway Company Chair Matt Cornborough is excited about the new opportunities.

He said: “This year for something different we will be offering ‘Wickham Wednesdays’ during school holidays in June, July and August when rides on the Wickham Trolley will be taking place. We are also very much looking forward to a visiting steam locomotive coming to site for our mixed traffic gala in July and across the whole of the summer season with a number of special events planned.” Booking for all events and rides is through the website. www.sdjr.co.uk/

Somerset and Dorset Railway Events 22nd, 23rd and 29th – 31st May: Train Rides - steam hauled by Joyce with a resident Diesel shunter at the rear 29th - 31st May: Family Activities Day 2nd June and 28th July and every Wednesday in August for Wickham Wednesdays: Wickham Trolley rides 20th June: Father’s Day Steam Teas 2nd - 4th July: Mixed Traffic Gala with an additional visiting steam engine


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Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade As we arrived at a landmark 365 days since the

coronavirus pandemic started, a local children’s group looks back on the various ways they have adapted to ensure that they continue to support the families – and children – of Radstock and Midsomer Norton. Radstock Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades have worked consistently to provide a mixture of in-person, virtual, or community-centred offerings to their members and the wider local populace over the past twelve months, in whatever way it is legal and safe to do so. Responding to the first lockdown, leaders created a pack for each child containing a term’s worth of craft resources, each corresponding to a virtual session led by Kerin Adam, Girls’ Brigade leader and Families Worker at Radstock Baptist Church, where the groups have met since Autumn 2020. The weekly videos contain a short talk, a video story, a craft and a song. These have been provided every week during term-time that the group has not been able to meet in person. Come September, the schools returned and so did the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade following months of planning, risk assessments, and discussions with families. It was challenging for the leaders to make sure they could run the groups safely for the 50 plus children enrolled for the term, whilst still delivering the connection and fun that they children value. “We had to make a lot of changes,” said Kerin. “But if we can be here and make a difference to even one child, one family, then it’s completely worth it.” Halfway through the term, the doors were forced to close once more as they entered another period of household isolation – so the Brigade’s members were once again equipped with weekly videos and a plethora of Christmassy crafts.

These crafts were all combined to create the Christmas Trail around Radstock’s town centre, telling the story of Jesus’ birth through art, posters and QR-code linked videos. All those who took part were offered a Christmas book and a small chocolate treat from outside the Baptist Church, and there was a brilliant response to the initiative from families associated with the Brigades, and the wider community. The videos and craft supplies have continued throughout the Spring, with an additional ‘1 minute active challenge’ and a science challenge added into the mix. Over the Easter bank holiday, Radstock Baptist Church, in association with the Boys and Girl’s Brigade, prepared another family-friendly trail around Radstock centre which was well received by many in the community. Finally, this April, the leaders prepare to welcome their groups back in person once more using the creative range of socially-distanced games, individually-packed crafts and fun ways to encourage safety like personal carpet mats which went down so well last Autumn. “I think we are all just thrilled to be meeting again, in any form,” said Kate Rainbow, co-leader of the Girls’ Brigade. “It’s been so long, and we’ve missed the girls. We know that everyone has been through a lot, and we’re looking forward to being that safe space where the children can be themselves, and connect with each other, once again.” The Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade have spaces open for any children aged 4 and upwards. To find out more about Girls’ or Boys’ Brigade, please contact Kerin Adam via Radstock Baptist Church, Wells Road (via radstockbaptist.co.uk) or find the group on Facebook - Brigades Radstock.


Useful Contacts In case of emergency Ambulance, Fire, Police – 999 NHS Direct – 111 Police non-emergency – 101

Defibrillators Working Men’s Club 6 The Street, Radstock, BA3 3PL The Miners’ Wheel Waterloo Road, Radstock, BA3 3EP

Radstock Community Hub Home of: Radstock Town Council Radstock Community Library 01761 437968 council@radstock-tc.gov.uk www.radstock-tc.gov.uk

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Action for Children 07715 232684 Helen.stockwell@actionforchildren. org.uk

Youth Connect South West Sam Plummer – 01225 395032 contact@YCSW.org.uk

Mentoring Plus Ruth Kelly – 01225 429694 info@mentoringplus.net

Future Bright

Midsomer Norton & Radstock Dial a Ride 01761 417504

Hope House Surgery The Street, Radstock, BA3 3PL 01761 432121 Out of Hours 111

First Bus 0345 64460707

Clement Pharmacy, 7 The Street, Radstock, BA3 3PL 01761 434687 Wells Hill Dental Surgery 3 Wells Road, Radstock, BA3 3RN 01761 436279 info@wellshilldentalsurgery.co.uk

01225 466135

Hospital

Food Club Radstock

Paulton Hospital Salisbury Road, Paulton, Bristol, BS39 7SB 01761 412315

Somer Valley 01225 396660

Transport

SWAN Transport 01761 439548

Dentist

Children’s Centre Services

Trinity Methodist Church The Street, Radstock, BA3 3PL Minister: Reverend Martin Slocombe Telephone: 01761 411858

Doctors’ Surgeries

Citizens’ Advice

Contact your local Children’s Centre via brightstartcc@bathnes.gov.uk or The Food Club Co-ordinator via banesfoodclubs@family-action.org.uk

Radstock Baptist Church 6 Wells Hill, Radstock, BA3 3RN Pastor: Simon Bartlett Telephone: 01761 420040

Midsomer Norton & Radstock Community Service Vehicle Trust 01761 452585

Pharmacy

Age UK – Bath and North East Somerset Council

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01225 395555 futurebright@bathnes.gov.uk

01225 477000 Bath and North East Somerset Council – Council Connect 01225 394041 councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk 03448 487919

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Churches St Nicholas Church of England Church Street, Radstock, BA3 3QG Rector: Reverend David Izzard Telephone: 07786 863912

Hall Hire Whisty Hall – Walnut Buildings, Radstock, BA3 3JL 01761 439246

Veterinary Surgery Unit 2, Radstock Retail Centre, Frome Road, Radstock, BA3 3PT 01761 257959 01761 411705 Out of Hours/ Emergency contact@naturesvetclinic.co.uk

Schools St Nicholas C. of E. Primary School 01761 432101 www.stnicholasprimaryradstock.co.uk Academy of Trinity C. of E Primary School 01761 438650 www.academyoftrinity.com St Mary’s C. of E. Primary School 01761 434548 www.stmaryswrithlington.co.uk


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CLERK’S MESSAGE Today I sit here to write my piece for The Wheel and it’s probably one of the few times I get to reflect on the last few months. I don’t generally make time – my crazy family, the dog, chickens and home life teamed up with Council work and the 11 Councillors who keep me busy – I would have it no other way (Promise!). Today is another crazy day – we’ve just had a few beautifully sunny days, followed by some really cold frosty mornings and today… Snow!!! – did you blink and miss the few flakes of snow in APRIL??? Since the last issue it’s been busy: • Grants have been issued to local community groups and charities • The new reconditioned K6 phone box has been installed in Radstock centre to relocate the defibrillator from Radco (relocation hopefully completed before you receive this). • The K6 in Southfield has had several offers of support and we will have more news soon on the makeover… • Toilet roll holders have been re-installed in Tom Huyton Toilets • The installation of the Heritage boards (huge thank you to Nick, Lucy and the Museum) • Application for funds have been accepted and received and tender sent to support a Masterplan for Haydon Batch Aside from the weather, restrictions are easing and we can finally see our friends and families. Last issue I wanted to stay positive – today I feel really positive. Work is never dull. From toilets to shiny reconditioned phone boxes, but it’s the people who make a community and what a community we have. The Wombles and amazing litter picking teams have done us all proud and the area is cleaner and tidier.

The volunteers and amazing work of the charity groups and people who have done more to help, not less during Covid.

Thank you for the Food Club donation Tesco

Children are in the play parks and enjoying the greenway, teams of friends, volunteers and groups using the amazing outside spaces we have in the area... If nothing else, Covid-19 has taught me to really appreciate what we have on the doorstep… And don’t we have many amazing spaces – the batches, the cycle paths and walkways, the orchard the skate ramps, play parks and memorial gardens. Not to mention the amazing businesses, local groups that have kept me going and some that I can’t wait to support when restrictions lift! (Do you know we have more than 50 businesses in Radstock alone?). I can’t actually remember when I have been further than a 30min drive from the area and I really don’t know that I’m missed much thanks to the amazing spaces, people, shops, food and efforts of our community. Only a few days ago I was out with my family walking along the Greenway – my dog playing in the river, Oscar running around and my mum was looking at the beautiful trees and blossom appearing, she turned to me and said “We are lucky.” I totally agree. Please stay safe - look after yourselves and others, love local – I love Radstock. George Clutten - Town Clerk


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YOUR TOWN COUNCILLORS

Cllr Gary Dando Radstock Haydon Ward T: 01761 432739 M: 07813 904923 E: gary@dando41@gmail.com

Cllr Chris Dando Radstock Centre Ward T: 01761 432918 M: 0771 3103380 E: chrisdando3@gmail.com

Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Derl-Davis Radstock Centre Ward T: 01761 439119 E: edegarry48@gmail.com

Cllr Rupert Bevan - Mayor Radstock Centre Ward M: 07980 607127 E: rupert.s.bevan@gmail.com

Cllr Mike Boulton Radstock Haydon Ward T: 01761 436681 E: cllr.mike.boulton@gmail.com

Cllr Nick Toogood Radstock Writhlington Ward M: 07715 939804 E: n-toogood@sky.com

Cllr Bruce Shearn Radstock Clandown Ward T: 01761 751117 E: bruceshearn@yahoo.co.uk

Cllr Colin Currie Radstock Centre Ward T: 01761 420296 E: colinandrewcurrie11@gmail.com

RADSTOCK TOWN COUNCIL Radstock Community Hub The Street Radstock Somerset, BA3 3PR T: 01761 437962 E: council@radstock-tc. gov.uk Cllr Robert Langley Radstock Writhlington Ward M: 07970 708216 E: roblangley04@gmail.com

Cllr Matthew Shearn M: 07710 263998 E: m.shearn3198@googlemail.com

Cllr Adrian Dodgson M: 07812 046091 E: awdodgson@gmail.com


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