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MARCH 2017 Issue No.81


At Kingfisher we aim to make choosing windows, doors and conservatories a pleasant and relaxing experience for our customers. From first to last. That is why we set such great store on the care we take with installation. Care that is reflected in the number of people who recommend us to their friends. We train our fitters thoroughly and expect them not only to take pride in their workmanship but in every other aspect of the Kingfisher service they help us provide. You will find them punctual, courteous, polite and tidy. As one of our customers, Noel Nation, puts it “....the workmanship was faultless and as a result we recommended them to our daughter .....” Kingfisher is a long established family firm and family values dictate the way we do business. So much so that many of our customers become friends. Our product range is comprehensive and consistently keenly priced. It includes PVCu, timber and aluminium and can be viewed, at your leisure, at our showrooms.

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Welcome to the March edition of LocalReach. With spring just around the corner and the clocks going forward later in the month, it might be a worth considering a new venture or taking some advice from our local Horticultural Society and getting out into the garden; perhaps you are considering entering their spring show? With the Highbridge Festival of the Arts taking place over two weeks there will be plenty to entertain us through music, spoken word or dance. There is advice and information within this month’s edition. If you are involved in a group or club and would like to promote events or meetings, please contact me with information for the next edition. Editorial deadline for the April issue is Wednesday 1st March 2017 Jacqui Strong, Community Editor for LocalReach.

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Jodie's story

I decided to join Slimming World after having my son, I had heard people saying they didn't recognise me due to how much weight I gained through pregnancy, My GP had also warned me that I had a fatty liver. I joined on a Thursday evening with a friend, the group were very friendly and supportive and I felt really motivated by the inspirational members in group, I knew I wasn't on my own and with the support from Hayley my consultant, I knew I could achieve my goals. I had lots of support from friends and family and I couldn't believe how much food you could eat on the Slimming World food optimising plan, unlimited amounts of free foods, it's a great feeling, feeling full and losing weight my favourite meal is Slimming World Chinese Curry. Slimming World has been a lifestyle change for me with great health benefits as I don't get out of breath, have less aches in my legs, feel more confident and my liver is now normal. I now go to the gym and my confidants has grown, I feel so much better in myself. I'm so happy, I've lost 7 stone 5 lb in 40 weeks. I hoping my story will help changes people's lives, I currently go to Thursday evening at Baptist Church, College Street, Burnham On Sea at 5.15pm.

WEDNESDAYS Morland Community Hall, Pearce Drive, Highbridge, TA9 3FU 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Your Consultant’s name is Yasmin Tel: 07397863084

MONDAYS The Old Court House, Jaycroft Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1LE. 10.00am and 12.00pm Your Consultant’s name is Yasmin Tel:07397863084 Berrow Village Hall, Parsonage Road,Berrow, BurnhamOn-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2NL. 5:30pm and 7:30pm Your Consultant’s name is Toni Tel: 07882 772102

TUESDAYS The Old Court House, Jaycroft Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1LE 5.00pm and 7.00pm Your Consultant’s name is Lisa Tel: 07712 660014


THURSDAYS Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church, College Street, BurnhamOn-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1AR 5.15pm and 7.15pm Your Consultant’s name is Hayley Tel: 01278 455005

FRIDAYS Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church, College Street, BurnhamOn-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1AR 9.30am & 11.30am Your Consultant’s name is Hayley Tel: 01278 455005

SATURDAYS East Brent Village Hall, Brent Road, East Brent, Somerset, TA9 4JG 8.00am and 10.00am. Your Consultant’s name is Toni Tel: 07882 772102

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Calling all Shedders

Are you interested in joining a local group where you could meet other people, work on your own projects, community projects or just come along for the tea and chat? Then join us on Thursday 9th March at 7pm at the Old Courthouse, Jaycroft Road, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1LE for an open evening to find out more about the National Men’s Sheds project. Speakers from the local SLaMS group (Somerset Levels and Moors Shed) will be available to ask questions and find out more information. This meeting is being held following on from the successful event in February. If you would like more information, contact Jacqui Strong via email Jacqueline.strong@ or just come along on the night. More details about other projects available at

Burnham-on-Sea Cricket Club

We are looking to find someone who may be interested in scoring for the 1st team this coming 2017 season. Home games are played at the BASC Ground, Stoddens Road and we are in Division 2 of the Shrubbery League. Training can be given and transport provided with a nice tea at half time If anyone is interested, please contact either A Birkett (Chairman) on 07774 45819 or Pauline West on 07788 776867 www.

Sedgemoor Art group (block number 59)

From Tuesday 20th March to Saturday 1st April Sedgemoor Art Group are holding an Art Exhibition and sale of paintings at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre, Princess Street. Viewing hours Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 4pm, Saturdays, 10am - 1pm. Sedgemoor Art Group meets on Mondays, 10am at the Community Centre. New members are welcomed; charge is £2. Refreshments included. Plenty of friendly encouragement.

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Why Everyone Should Be Having Regular Massage Treatments

Having a regular massage is a highly effective way of investing in your health and looking after your whole body and the great news is that it is totally accessible to anyone, regardless of age, gender, disability, size or shape. And breathe offers a range of massage treatments, all of which can be tailored to an individual’s specific needs. Having a massage has a number of positive benefits including: • Improve joint flexibility • Improve circulation • Improve muscle condition – relaxing tired muscles or helping to loosen up tight muscles • Improve condition and tone of skin • Increase energy levels Research continues to show that regular massages can be of benefit for those who suffer from medical conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia as it can help with aches, pain, stiffness and joint flexibility. The healing qualities of massage can have a positive impact for those suffering from anxiety and depression. It can help to calm the mind, promote relaxation and improve general mood. The general treatments available use the Swedish massage techniques which are incredibly beneficial for improving circulation and flexibility, increasing the levels of oxygen in the blood and therefore improving circulation. It is excellent for relieving tension whilst promoting relaxation and tranquillity. The Indian head massage dates back thousands of years and is a wonderful treatment that works on the clients’ upper back, arms, shoulders, neck and head. It is very relaxing and calming and promotes a sense of balance and tranquillity. If you are new to massage and unsure if it is something that you would enjoy then the Indian Head massage is an excellent introduction to the healing benefits of a treatment. Like the Indian head massage, the Thai foot massage also dates back thousands of years. Originating in China, this treatment focuses on the feet and legs. This massage therapy is excellent for improving joint flexibility and circulation as well as providing relief and rejuvenation to tired feet. At the end of the treatment the client should feel very relaxed and calm.

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Somerset Wildlife Trust

Plant Sale and Open Garden at Rookery House, The Causeway, Mark TA9 4QH on the B3139. In aid of the Somerset Wildlife Trust on Saturday 6th May 10.30am – 1pm. There will be plants, cakes, exhibitions, raffle and activities for the children. Easy parking in the field opposite thanks to M/s G Isgar. £2 entry including coffee or tea. Protecting Somerset’s Wildlife for the Future. Somerset Wildlife Trust, 134 Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 5AW Tel: 01823 652400

Burnham Area Evening Flower Club

Our demonstration for Monday 20th March will be by Jackie Beard and is entitled 'What's Next'. This is to be held in St. Andrew’s Church Hall and will commence at 7.30pm. A warm welcome awaits for new members, £37 for the year which gives many benefits, or visitors at £6.50 for the evening. Jackie will be giving an entertaining talk whilst arranging five or six flower arrangements to brighten a winter’s evening; these are raffled at the end of the evening. 

"What's Poo got to do with it?"

The improvement of the sewage works at Weston-super-Mare has brought forth certain habitat renewal. Mark Doughty of Wessex Water has been invited to give an illustrated talk on the positive effects of the upgrade of Weston's sewage works on both the bathing water and on wildlife habitats. There have been improvements for over wintering birds and bird watchers alike at the Bleadon Levels Nature Reserve. You are welcome to join the Berrow Conservation Group to find out more on Tuesday 28th March at Berrow Village Hall at 7.30pm. There is an entry fee of £4 for visitors, and £2 for members, refreshments included.

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Annual Spring Concert

It's the time of year when the Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society perform their Annual Spring Concert. It will be at St. John's Church, Highbridge TA9 3HS on Saturday 29th April 2017 at 7.30pm. This year the choir will be celebrating music from Europe by singing Britten's The St. Nicolas Cantata, Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine, and music from composers Brahms and Verdi, along with Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus who are better known as being the writers and singers of the Swedish group ABBA. The choir will be joined by an orchestral ensemble along with Tenor soloist Rhodri Prys Jones. From Llanfyllin, Mid Wales, Rhodri graduated with a BA Hons 2:1 Degree in Music and Media from The University of Wales Trinity St David, Carmarthen. He has recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a First Class Degree, studying with Tenor Adrian Thompson. Rhodri has recently begun his studies on the Opera Performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He will be continuing his tuition with Tenor Adrian Thompson. Rhodri was directly supported by Shirley Bassey, and was awarded the prestigious Shirley Bassey Award towards his studies at the Royal Welsh College. In 2014 Rhodri was awarded The Help Musicians Maidment Award, in 2015, The Help Musicians Fleming Award, and in 2016, The Help Musicians Tutton Award for whom he is very grateful for their continued support. Rhodri’s concert performances include Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Orff's Carmina Burana, Gounod's Messe Sollennele, Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor, Puccini’s Messa Di Gloria, Haydn The Seasons, Mozart's Requiem. Rhodri has performed opera roles, including Nemorino, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Opra Cymru, Triquet, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Opra Cymru, Lleu Llaw Gyffes, Gwydion by Cwmni Theatr Maldwyn,  8

and cover of Lensky, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Opra Cymru. He has also sung with the chorus in many operas including Gair ar Gnawd with the Welsh National Opera. Tickets are £8 and are available from the 18th March at Material Needs, Burnham-on-Sea, and The Crafty Teacup, Burnham-on-Sea. Also from choir members.

Sensational Kids Somerset

This is a social group for children with additional needs and their families. We provide a safe, non-judgemental environment where they can gain new experiences, socialise, make friends, get support, learn life skills and have fun. We are all about building a community of support and understanding, and raising awareness, at the same time as empowering these children and their families. Find us on Facebook or call 07711 481206.

Jumble and Table Top Sale

At the Morland Hall on Saturday 11th March between 11am and 2pm. Come along for tea and cake or try the Easter Egg hunt with the children. Help support the amazing youngsters with additional needs by supporting this event in aid of Sensational Kids Somerset.

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Community Grants from Sedgemoor Community groups across the district will benefit from over £6,000 of grant funding, thanks to grants given out by Sedgemoor District Council.

- £2,500 to Nether Stowey Village Hall and Nether Stowey Recreation Ground for funds to draw up legal agreements for their continued collaboration to improve the ground. - £1,300 to Burnham-on-Sea Events to help fund a weekend event with a Viking re-enactment group on Saturday and Sunday 12th, 13th August 2017. They would put up a village and recreate battles. - £210 to the Sedgemoor Ramblers to help fund the second Quantock Walking Festival at Nether Stowey. The first festival last year attracted 120 walkers with some coming from different parts of the country. The funding would be used to pay for a coach to transport the walkers to Holford from Nether Stowey each morning where they will be dropped off to walk different routes back to Nether Stowey. - £225 to disabled and wheelchair bound photographer, Sarah Darke. Sarah has been offered the chance to exhibit her original

photographs at the Bridgwater Arts Centre gallery reserved for local artists. Sarah is working with the Arts Centre to promote local and talented creative people and also to encourage vulnerable people to get involved. The funding is towards the cost of staging the exhibition. - £1,100 to Cheddar Walking for putting up large information boards at key locations around the village. A study of best practices in established and successful ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns and villages shows that information boards are the best way for the community and visitors to learn about the walking options. The boards will explain the walks and feature an easy to interpret illustrated map showing walks and their features. - £500 to Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society to support their Spring Concert 2017 at St. John’s Church, Highbridge where they will be performing, for the first time, Benjamin Brittens “St Nicolas”. - £250 to South Somerset Mind who have clients in Sedgemoor. The funding would be to send support workers to the client to undertake home visits on a one-to-one basis

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Gardening Jobs for March

Light levels and daylight hours improve after the middle of March, but do not be too keen to sow outside unless you know what the soil temperature is. Some gardeners use a special soil thermometer to measure soil temperature hoping to find this at six degrees C or above. Another good indicator is to watch and wait for new weed seeds to germinate in the soil; this shows that conditions could be right for outside seed sowing. Seed packets will give good advice on when and how their contents can be sown, but remember this is only a guide. Continue sowing and growing-on plants that need inside protection - plants like tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and annual flowers. Remember ventilation is very important, particularly on sunny days. Prune out and remove dead, diseased and crossing branches on trees and shrubs. Roses can be pruned well back to just above an outward facing bud which is pointing in the

actual direction that you want the rose to grow. I also remove all new growth leaving the rose completely bare, this will leave the bush clean and will help prevent black spot and fresh, new shoots will soon regrow. Hydrangeas can be lightly pruned by cutting back to just above a healthy pair of buds. Topdress all your containers with fresh compost and start feeding plants at the end of the month. It is not too early to think about slug protection. For more tips why not join your local gardening group? The Burnham and District Horticultural Society meets at 7.30pm on the third Monday of each month (except December) at the Community Centre, Berrow Road. Annual subscription is still only ÂŁ5.50 per annum commencing 1st April. For information contact Jane on 01278 789661. Members are reminded that on Monday 20th March 2017 we have the Annual General Meeting. Tea and coffee will be provided free of charge for members this evening.

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Local Horticultural Society Spring Show

This year’s Spring Show takes place on Saturday 11th March 2017 at St. Andrew’s School, Dunstan Road, Burnham-on-Sea between 2pm and 5pm (presentation of awards 4.30pm). Admittance is free. Classes this year include Daffodils, other bulbs, plants, flowers, etc., Rhubarb, Domestic, Floral Art, Amateur Photography* and Junior Classes. For full show schedules and further details including how to enter an exhibit, telephone the Show Secretary David Bryant on 01278 788058.

Great British Spring Clean

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign from the Tidy Britain Group with one simple ambition to bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline. Sedgemoor District Council is calling on individuals, community groups, charities, sports clubs, businesses, local authorities and many more to sign up and take part. Sedgemoor District Council is giving its support to community groups and organisations involved in a nationwide effort to spruce up the country for Great British Spring Clean from Friday 3rd March to Sunday 5th March. Sedgemoor has contacted all town and parish councils and a variety of community groups offering to loan equipment, such as gloves, litter picker-upers etc. The council is encouraging and Our New Clubhouse with full Bar is a Fabulous venue for supporting groups and individuals who want to ‘do their bit’ and enjoy a few hours together litter-picking.  Birthdays • Anniversaries • Wedding Receptions Functions • Group Activity Bookings Once the bags are filled, Sedgemoor will take them To Hire contact Jane on 01278 785547 away. Please contact clean.surroundings@sedgemoor. if you wish to organise an event during that The Grove, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 2PA weekend or any other time of the year.

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North Somerset Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Join us for interesting lectures on the arts from recognised experts. Lectures are held at the 37 Club, between Woolavington and Puriton, on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are at 2.15pm in the winter and 7pm from May to September. Our next two lectures:

Wednesday 1st March at 2.15pm Julian Halsby “Misia Sert”. 1872-1950 This is an extraordinary and fascinating story of a talented and beautiful woman who was muse and patron of the arts who has been described as ‘The Queen of Paris’ Wednesday 5th April at 2.15pm Stephen Richardson MA “Prinny and the excesses of regency period style”. The Regency period’s eponymous figurehead, the extravagant George Frederick, Prince of Wales, Prince Regent and ultimately King George IV (Known as Prinny), was in the vanguard of new developments in architecture, decorative style and art collecting. The lecture explores the many facets of Regency architecture, interior decoration and furnishing. Children’s Book Illustrations - John Ericson The February lecture of NSDFAS was given by John Ericson on Children’s Book Illustrations. The audience was transported back to their childhood and realised it is mainly the illustrations which are so evocative. Beginning with The Wind in the Willows which was first published with only a frontispiece and later many different editions were illustrated, perhaps the most famous were by Ernest Shepard and later Arthur Rackham, who illustrated all the great books of childhood of the time. We were reminded of Margaret Tempest and The Little Grey Rabbit books. Beatrix Potter, Anna Sewell, Rev. Awdry and the Thomas the Tank Engine series, Rupert, Poo, Biggles, Just William, and more recently the Mog series and of course the Ladybird books and Enid Blyton. Many of us left the lecture thinking we might hunt for some of the old favourites and rekindle our childhood.

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Brean Play’s ‘Project Christmas Cheer’ Campaign Raises Money for Children’s Hospice South West

Brean Play, one of the region’s biggest indoor play centres located at Brean Leisure Park, Somerset has raised £200 through its ‘Children’s Christmas Cheer’ charity campaign, and presented a cheque to Janey Hellmen, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). As well as the donation, a free Christmas party for 10 children who are supported by CHSW was held to allow the children to play, have a Christmas meal and visit with Father Christmas, with gift. For every hot drink purchased by visitors throughout November and December in Brean Play, a donation of 10p was made for children’s charities/hospices in the county. Brean Play asked customers to nominate a children’s charity/hospice in the region and Children’s Hospice South West received the highest number of nominations. The charity provides hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. The care offered is wide ranging - respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care. For more details on the charity visit Kieran Spottiswoode, Director said: “Project Christmas Cheer was our chance to raise some money for this important charity but also to get those involved within the charity to come and have some fun time at Brean Play; we are really pleased to hear they had a great time and are grateful for our visitors who donated.”

Fritzlar Twinning

Join us on Wednesday 15th March, 2pm - 4pm in St. John’s Church Hall, Highbridge for a talk entitled A Visit to Buckingham Palace (postponed from January). All welcome, with free entry and refreshments available. Booking now for a nine day coach trip, 15th - 23rd July, to our German Twin Town Fritzlar including stays in Charleroi and picturesque Bruges in Belgium, and a relaxing river cruise destination, Rudesheim on the Rhine. All this for just £495! For more information, please contact the Treasurer (01278 782902) or Secretary (01278 786789).




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Celebrating Creativity

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at the Catholic Church, Burnham-on-Sea on the second Monday of the month, 2pm - 4pm. Come and join us if you are affected by Parkinson’s, or are a carer, friend or family member. We are a friendly, fun group and try to offer something different to do each month. We have speakers, quizzes, outings etc. We also aim to provide information and advice, a cuppa and a chat. There is an exercise class on Wednesdays (contact Jenny 785653) and singing group on alternate Tuesdays (contact Carole 782428). The theme for the next meeting on Monday 13th March is Celebrating Creativity. You are invited to bring your creative achievements to share with the group e.g. artwork, crafts, poetry - or even a cake! Kim Lewis will be reading her poems. We look forward to seeing regular members and welcoming new ones. For information, contact Christine Manners 783696 / Malcolm Conyers 01934 740282/ Kim Lewis 787022.

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Exercise to Music

Would you like to benefit from having a trip organised and the perks of a group booking discount? If you are interested in a trip to the Isle of Wight on 17th May for five days, Spring Fair on 13th November or a trip to Thursford Christmas spectacular for five days, contact Rosaleen on 01278 783652 – local pick ups available. Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at the Methodist Church, West Huntspill, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Look out for us on Saturday 18th March at the Highbridge Festival, or join us for the summer term and lift your spirits as well as your voice. Details from 01278 784184, mary.

Please Note!! The Highbridge Social Club Quiz will be on Thursday 23rd March. Questions start promptly at 7.30pm, and doors open at 7pm, which allows time to organise your team and develop strategies, or perhaps to buy a drink and catch up with friends. £2 per person for a great night out. Details from 01278 784184, Mondays at 10am - 11am, at the Highbridge Community Hall. £3 for an hour of gentle exercise. Treat your body to an active start to the week. Please note - there will be no exercise class on Monday 13th March. Details from 01278 784184, mary.lawrence@

"Shake your balls up!"

"Shake your balls up!"is a familiar cry every Wednesday and Sunday at Burnhams friendliest bingo venue -The Ritz Social club. Its a great evenings entertainment with callers Alan and Carol at the helm. Fourteen games of bingo (12 on a Sunday afternoon) All cash prizes and a chance to win extra money on our members snowball games. With drinks served at 'club prices' and a selection of Freshly ground coffees and tea why not come along and join in the fun! Everybody is welcome. If you've never played Bingo before then this is the place to start. A warm welcome awaits. Call 785365 for more info.

Well Women Morning

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Want to pick up great lifestyle tips on looking good and feeling great from local experts? Advice will be on-hand from top local experts on nutrition, mental and physical health, fashion, beauty and skincare! Join us on Saturday 18th March at Bridgwater Rugby Club between 10am - midday for just £2 per person. To book your place, visit or email Supported by Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership, This Girl Can and dj pilates.

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Spring has arrived!

At The Walled Gardens of Cannington, the arrival of spring is marked by a flurry of events and the start of some weekend opening. With 12,000 bulbs planted at the Gardens every year, many of them will be unveiling themselves this March, as we head into the season of Mothering Sunday, Easter celebrations and Lambing Fun Day. The Gardens are open daily and are a lovely place to spend some quality time. On Mothering Sunday on 26 March, all mothers visiting will receive a special gift (whilst stocks last), and free entry with an accompanied paying adult. Easter Weekend in April, sees fun for all the family with activities for the children, and maybe a chocolate egg or two! On Sunday 19 March, entry to the Gardens is free (this day only) if you have a valid ticket for Lambing Fun Day, also taking place on this date at Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Rodway Farm in Cannington. If you’re in the village, why not pay the Gardens a visit on the same day, and witness them blooming into the springtime season. For all other events in March, normal entry fees apply: adults £4.95 and accompanied children (under 16) free! As well as the Gardens, there is also a beautiful Gift Shop, Plant Nursery, and Tea Room, which you don’t need access to the Gardens to visit.

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Somerset Time for Youth

Sedgemoor District Council is working with West Somerset and Taunton Deane to offer a range Somerset Time for Youth is a local club for young people with special/additional needs. The club meets every other Saturday at the Balliol Hall in West Huntspill, TA9 3RN, between 10.30am and 1pm. We provide leisure and social activities for young people aged up to 18 years of age. Our next sessions are 11th and 25th of March. There will be a variety of activities available such as music, Wii games, arts and crafts, board games, sport, sensory etc. We are a friendly group and always aim to have great fun at our sessions. Parents/carers will need to stay with their child/children, however, we have an in-house tuck shop, where you can purchase light refreshments, and it is a good opportunity to meet other parents/carers and have a chat. So if you are looking for activities for your child/children at the weekend, then why not drop in one Saturday morning, and meet us all, we look forward to seeing you. Further information about the club can be found on our Facebook page, or our website: alternatively you can ring us on 07745 236742.

East Brent Pre-School

We are a small pre-school run by dedicated staff; we provide a nurturing safe environment for the children to thrive! We are registered for 24 children from the age of two years. We are open term time from 8.45am - 2.45pm Monday - Thursday at the village hall and Friday 9am - 3pm at the school. The children have the stability and resources of the school. This we feel gives the children the experience of structure in education For more details, contact Emma Allan on 07849 062469. Please telephone if we can help with any questions you might have! New opening hours with spaces available.

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The March meeting takes place on Tuesday 7th March at the Avenue Tennis club at 7.30pm. This month's speaker will be Sharon who will be demonstrating sugarcraft. If you are interested in joining the WI, find us on Facebook or pop along to one of our monthly meetings on the first Tuesday in the month.


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Joint Concert

Cheddar Male Choir and Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir are singing a joint concert at the Victoria Methodist Church, Westonsuper-Mare, on Saturday 11th March 2017 at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm). ÂŁ8 tickets are on sale at the door or from a choir member. The two choirs are raising funds for Prostate Cancer Care Appeal. This will be a fabulous concert with songs from many genres and there are sure to be many songs that you will enjoy. Cheddar Male Choir sing concerts to help charities and good causes raise money and have helped to raise well over ÂŁ145,000 in their 22 years of existence. The choir is always on the lookout for men to join, so if you are interested in this very worthwhile pastime then please contact them at and take a look at their website

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th March at the usual time of 10.30am. However, please note that the venue has been changed - further details from Linda Trebble on 01278 782751. We look forward to seeing you on that day and any new members will be warmly welcome.

Coffee Morning

The next Friends of the Community Centre coffee morning is being held on Saturday 4th March, 9.45am until 11.45am at the Community Centre, Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea; all the usual bric-a-brac, books, jigsaws, clothes, cards, refreshments including homemade cake and a raffle. Please support this event and come and have a browse - no admission fee.

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In light of recent clients with serious computer virus infections, I am going to discuss whether a paid antivirus is worth investing in, because I find that many people enquire about this topic. One of our most common call-outs is to troubleshoot the aftermath of a virus attack. No matter which software you pick, free antivirus solutions offer minimal protection. Often the glossy interface and apparent multiple features give a feeling of security, but unfortunately, in our experience these are woefully inadequate in protecting the computer. Whilst we appreciate that people may have used free anti-virus offerings in the past without issue, the last few months have proven time and time again that the free solutions often do not block some of the more modern threats, which have resulted in issues such as credit card details being stolen, bank accounts being accessed, files permanently encrypted and fake e-mails being sent to customer’s friends & family. Also, we tend to find that many free anti-virus solutions seem to drain the computer resources, causing slow running machines. To sum up, any paid anti-virus solution will be better than a free offering. Most free offerings are a clever way of getting a product onto a computer, only to expire without much warning and then offering an upgrade to a paid solution. The best anti-virus cover offers constant protection, scheduled deeps scans, regular automatic updates and blocks fake or fraudulent websites. We would also recommend a backup solution, so that in the event of data (such as photos) being compromised, these can be restored from a backup. It is also worth noting that Windows XP and Windows Vista computers are even more at risk due to being at the end or past their useful working life. Please do not hesitate to call us on 01278 787846, should you require assistance on the subject. We offer a fixed price service visit that will give suggestions to improve your computer security and performance, and if necessary can recommend an anti-virus solution. Neil Buzzard, Director, Computer Problem Solutions Ltd.

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Originally set up as Featherbed Nannies back in July 1986 by Sally Carpenter from her home in Featherbed Lane, Clutton, near Bristol the business changed to Featherbed Homecare a few years later. Since then the agency has built up an excellent reputation for providing reliable and affordable care for people living in their own homes. With an office in Bristol and the head office at Poole in Dorset, Sally is still actively involved with the running of the agency and is dedicated to helping people live in their own homes and retain their independence for as long as possible at a reasonable cost. She believes in keeping the agency a manageable size so that clients are given the best attention at all times and provided with only the most capable and compatible carers. The agency provides care throughout the South West region, helping clients with all types of illness, from live in 24 hour care, palliative care for the terminally ill, dementia and Alzheimer’s care along with respite when someone needs temporary help. There are many care providers to choose from but what makes Featherbed special is that the carers they introduce to their clients are well known to the company. Many carers have been with them for years, all are fully trained and DBS checked and provide excellent care and companionship. An agency manager will always arrange to visit a new client in their own home before any care package is arranged so as to be sure that only the most suitable and compatible carer will be placed. For further information or an agency brochure please contact 01934 757037 or Freephone 0800 1114885

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Gin Palace Planned

Burnham Wine Club is inviting guests to join them for a journey through the wonderful world of the clear botanical that is gin, on Saturday 18th March. The tasting team will be helping you discover how gin is made and telling you about some of its long and colourful history in a fun, and deliciously hands-on way. There will be some great gins that explore the history of gin making, food and gin matching, trial the ultimate G&T, a chance to have a go at making gin cocktails and a lesson in how to make your own at home. The team will have a selection of handcrafted and award-winning gins from the local area and around the world, giving tasters a chance to try something different, learn something new and have a gin-tastic time! The gin tasting is at the Avenue Tennis Club, which is fully accessible and starts at 6.30pm. Tickets, at £25 per person, can be booked via Eventbrite - search for Gin and Burnham-on-Sea.

What’s on in Huntspill

East Huntspill Garden Club welcome all to their March meeting on Thursday 23rd March with David Lucas from Chelston Nurseries. 7.30pm in the Church Hall. £1.50 including refreshments. For more information, contact Kay on 01278 789678. The Huntspill Art Group welcome you to their Art Sessions in the East Huntspill Village Hall on a Wednesday afternoon from 1.45pm. March dates: 8th and 29th. For more details, contact Brian on 01278 760759. West Huntspill Players are busy rehearsing for the spring production – if you are interested in joining this popular drama group, meeting nights are held on the first Monday and third Thursday at the Balliol Hall in West Huntspill from 8pm. Visit West Huntspill Model Engineering Society Somerset and Dorset Memorial Railway established1967. Model train rides every Sunday from Easter to the end of October, 1.30pm - 5pm at the West Huntspill Memorial playing fields.

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The 70th Highbridge Festival of Arts

This year's festival will start on Monday 6th March at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. Admission is £2 each day, at the door, by purchasing a wristband. Festival programmes will also be available, giving details of all the classes, dates and times of the various sessions. All Dance Group Session tickets are only available through the Princess Theatre Booking system. Speech and Drama - Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th March Dance – Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th MarchMusic is taking place at The Highbridge Community Hall. Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th March. The Adult Music session will be held in St. John’s Church, Highbridge on Saturday evening. We are grateful to our generous local sponsors and The Friends of the Festival for their support in this very special year. All our performers will welcome a large audience at the venues. Come along to see and hear some of the best actors, dancers, vocalists and musicians in the South West.

Mark Moor Bowling Club

Mark Moor Bowling Club would like to extend a warm welcome to all those who may be interested in trying their hand at Flat Green Bowls. Mark Moor offers a pleasant rural setting adjacent to Mark Village Hall in Vole Road Mark. We have ample free parking space and a fully licensed bar. Refreshments will be available and all equipment provided on the day along with the help of experienced players. New membership for 2017 will be free (Terms and Conditions apply). Come along and enjoy yourselves. Open Day is on Saturday 22 nd April 2017 11:00am ñ 16:00pm. For further information please contact Elaine on 01278 326051

Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club

Members and helpers of Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club attended the final dress rehearsal of the pantomime Aladdin. Members always enjoy the banter of the annual local pantomime and this year was no exception. In March members will be starting to compete in their annual tournaments table tennis, darts, snooker, dominoes and skittles. The tournaments last until July when the final winners are awarded with their cups and medals.


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The Trinity Entertainers

A musical evening of fun and variety at Burnham-on-Sea Methodist church on Saturday 11th March at 7.30pm. Raffle tickets will be on sale and all proceeds will go towards the roof fund. Tickets cost £7.50pp including refreshments. Doors open 7pm; tickets available from 784204 or at the Church coffee mornings on Saturday mornings.

Burnham-on-Sea Pagan Moot

We are a small friendly group who meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Gatsby Room, Ritz Social Club at 7.30pm; all paths welcome. We celebrate the Turning of the Wheel. Our speaker for 28th March is Nadja, subject Astrology. Our speaker for 25th April is Teagan Craig, subject Runes. Our speaker for 23rd May is Professor Ronald Hutton. All welcome. We charge no fees but a voluntary contribution on the night for room hire and speaker's fees is requested. For more details, contact or 07776 306125.

Counselling Available - In Charley's Memory

We are able to offer free counselling for young people from 11 to 25 years at our base in Burnham. We are able to offer appointments every weekday as well as some evenings and Saturdays. Please contact us via our Facebook page, phone on 01278 773403 or email in_charleys_memory@ (This is a free service, but any donation you make is very welcome.) Events being organised include the Walking into Darkness and the Mendip Hills project. Details of the events may be found on our Facebook page.

Table Top Sale

The Friends of Berrow Village Hall are holding their annual Table Top Sale on Sunday 12th March from 11am until 2pm. Free public entry. Phone Carol on 01278 782744 if you would like to book a table, at £7 each. Bacon and sausage baps, cakes and hot and cold drinks available. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of Berrow Village Hall. See you there!!!

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Burnham On Sea LocalReach March 2017 Issue No. 81  
Burnham On Sea LocalReach March 2017 Issue No. 81