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DEC 2017 Issue No. 47

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FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to this month’s edition of LocalReach. What a month we have ahead to look forward to: Christmas markets, carol services, pantomimes, art, craft, music as well as fund raising and charity events. It’s always great to see the high streets buzzing, and let’s hope that the cash tills of our small independent shops, market stalls and cafes are ringing on the lead up to Christmas. And don’t forget to make the most of our beautiful countryside if you yearning some

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peace and quiet and to escape from the festive mayhem. We’ve got it all! Looking ahead to 2018, send me details of your event, charity or group and I will try to include it in the January issue. You can do this by email or via twitter or facebook, including a good quality picture or logo if at all possible. In the meantime, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. editorial deadline for the January 2018 issue is december 1st

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WinTeR faiR

friday 1 december: The Friends of West Pennard School invite you to join in the festive fun at the West Pennard School Winter Fair. There are craft activities, games, festive food, a tombola, a Grand Draw with some wonderful prizes and Santa’s Grotto. 6-8pm.

WaLTon viLLage haLL Wednesday 1 december: A Cup of Tea & Chat If you would love someone to chat to with a free cup of tea, you’ll find a warm welcome in Walton Village Hall Lounge from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. All ages welcome, come along for however long you would like to stay 10 minutes, an hour or more it is up to you. We look forward to seeing you. Further information ring 01458 445380/448835 Wednesday 20 december: Knit/Crochet & Natter You are invited to a Knit/Crochet and Natter Afternoon (or any other handicraft). Come along to the Walton Village Hall Lounge with your chosen craft and enjoy company and a cup of tea. If you would like to learn to knit or crochet there will be people able to help you get started. Any age welcome. 2.00pm – 4.OOpm. £1 including a cup of tea. We look forward to seeing you. For further information, ring: 01458 445380/448835

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hoLLy WReaTh maKing

friday 1 and 2 december: Holly Wreath Making On Friday 1 December, Plotgate CSA will be harvesting willow and other materials from our site in Barton St David. You are welcome to join us for this festive bringing in of the evergreens; otherwise, just come along to a creative session and fashion a beautiful, natural holly garland in the Barton Inn, Barton-St-David, 4-8pm (or in the skittle alley behind the pub depending on numbers). There will be a second chance to make your gorgeous garland on Saturday 2 December 10am-2pm at the farm. It will take about an hour to put your wreath together, depending on how elaborate your desires! To book, please contact Amy on 07817 608283 or e-mail

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saturday 2 december: As part of Street Christmas celebrations, Street Parish Council (SPC) is running its Christmas Cracker on 2 December. A great, festive day out for all the family, there are lots of stalls, rides, music, food, drink, crafts and entertainment, and of course, Father Christmas. From 11:00am – 4:00pm with free parking in Cranhill Car Park. If that date has passed by the time you read this edition don’t despair as there is still time to enter the Christmas Window competition. Images of Theo, the Christmas ichthyosaur, are hiding in shop windows up and down the High Street. There are entry forms in Crispin Crafts, The Library and from Street Parish Rooms, ring 01458 440588 or call in during office hours. There will be a hamper for the winner of the completed forms draw. If you can’t find ALL the Theos, don’t worry, still hand in your form as there will be a second draw for incomplete forms to win another hamper. All instructions are on the form. Also look out for SPC’s Christmas leaflet which will tell you about lots of things happening in Street over the festive season. Merry Christmas!

a veRy viCToRian ChRisTmas

saturday 2 and sunday 3 december: Join us at the Somerset Rural Life Museum to find out what Christmas was like in Victorian times. The Learning Space will be packed with festive fun, discovering what Christmas traditions we have the Victorians to thank for. There will be a chance to meet Father Christmas (booking is essential). For booking and enquiries tel: 01458 831197 or It is guaranteed to be a cracker, so don’t miss A Very Victorian Christmas at Somerset Rural Life Museum! 10.00 am - 5.00 pm. FREE ENTRY. Additional charge for some activities and a visit to Father Christmas.


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saturday 2 december: Join us for our Christmas Fair at the Cadet Unit, Benedict Street, Glastonbury. From 6-9pm. There will be a tombola, raffle, games, face painting, gift stalls, refreshments, Santa’s Grotto and much more. From 6-9pm. Everybody welcome.

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meRRy ChRisTmas! all of us at acorn solicitors would like to wish our clients and community a fabulous Christmas and very happy new year. We have had yet again another successful year both in business and providing support to our community. This year we have raised a substantial amount of money for our five chosen charities which are:• age UK Somerset • SenSe (glastonbury) • Somerset Wildlife trust • taunton association for the Homeless • Stand against Violence. We cannot tell you exactly how much we have raised as we are still receiving donations through our Charity Will Weeks. But having already received just over £2,000 we predict the total to be over £5,000 so watch this space! if you do require any of our services in the new year please do give us a call or pop in. We love meeting new people and catching up with our existing clients.


ConTaCT The eLdeRLy – Time foR Tea

Our lovely, local Contact the Elderly group is urgently seeking a new tea party organiser. Volunteering just a couple of flexible hours a month can really help brighten up empty Sundays for older people living alone. Contact the Elderly’s monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties bring together small groups of volunteers (of all ages) and our lovely older guests. The group needs someone who can sort out the parties each month, liaising with the volunteer drivers and hosts – if you’d like to find out more please get in touch. If you’d rather be a driver (once a month) or a tea party host (a couple of times a year) then I am still very keen to hear from you! Helen 01225 873812,,

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Street Baptist Church has been established for over 200 years and this Christmas they continue to reach out into the local community. A group of singers and musicians from the church will be carol singing at Clarks Village at selected dates during December. On Saturday 2 December the church will be hosting a stall at the Street Christmas Market in the Crispin Centre. Sunday 17 December will see them celebrate Christmas with a service at 11am at Brookside School and a carol service at 6.30pm at Johnson Hall, Millfield School, Street. At 4.30pm on Christmas Eve there will be a crib service at the church in Glaston Road. A Christmas Day service at 10.30am will also take place at Glaston Road. Come along and celebrate with Street Baptist Church the wonderful birth of Jesus. All are welcome to join them for these services and their regular meetings. See for details.

sTReeT LibRaRy

Street Library has a variety of events planned for December. Why not visit the library to find out more. events for everyone Thursday 7- saturday 9 december: 3D Printer Demonstration – Come and see a snowflake Christmas decoration being made adults’ events: Computer courses for beginners and people wanting to improve their skills on Mondays 2- 4 pm and Fridays 10am - 12 noon. Places are free but please book. Poetry Lunch Club – Monday 18 December. 1-2pm. Theme: Families and/or Christmas Children’s events: Rhyme Time – every Wednesday. 11.15 am- 11.45 am Story Time – every Saturday. 10.30 am to 11 am.

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Thursday 7 - saturday 9 december: Get in the festive mood with some musical mayhem from the Baltonsborough Players this December. After the success of last year’s production the players are looking forward to entertaining you with a glittering evening with the Hardup family and their daughters quest to marry a prince. Will the evil Cruella and the ugly stepsisters Lilibet and Betya Hardup succeed in stopping the beautiful Cinderella from going to the Ball, or will she find some magic from her Fairy Godmother and ever faithful friend Buttons? Come along and join in the fun on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December at 7.30 pm, or a 3pm matinee on Saturday 9th December. Tickets priced at £8 per adult, £4 child or a value family ticket at £18 are available from or telephone 01458 850281.

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friday 8 december: The Gentlemen of Wells take visitors on a musical journey across the centuries. There will be Christmas carols and festive readings from the Renaissance through to modern day including works by Rutter, Willcocks, Vaughan Williams and Bach. 7.30pm at West Pennard Church. Tickets are £20 including wine & canapes. Email Pam at creedpam@gmail. com or Arnold at

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saturday 9 december: Elmhurst Junior School, Street, is holding a Winter Land Fair. A great family day with a variety of craft, gift and decoration stalls to help with your Christmas Shopping. There will also be lots of refreshments and a Santa’s grotto. Free admission. 2-4pm.

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saturday 9 december: Time for a new pair of binoculars? Head down to Ham Wall nature reserve to meet experts for advice and information. Knowledgeable experts will be on site to guide you through the range. You are welcome to try before you buy. Drop in anytime from 10 am-4 pm. We’d love to see you! It won’t be long before that wonderful festive period is upon us. So, to make sure you’re not missing out on the festivities, we’ll be bringing along a wide selection of Christmas products, in addition to our binocular and telescope range. Christmas Cards, Crackers, Calendar, Diaries, we’ll be bringing it all! Don’t miss out on the RSPB Christmas range. 10.00am - 4.00pm. Welcome Building in the Ham Wall car park, BA6 9SX. Tel 01458 860494; email

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donaTe youR unWanTed WinTeR fueL PaymenTs To ‘suRviving WinTeR’ With the arrival of the colder months, Somerset Community Foundation have launched their eighth Surviving Winter fundraising campaign. Surviving Winter was started in 2010 by people who wanted to donate their Winter Fuel Payment to help others in Somerset less fortunate than themselves, and last year attracted donations of unwanted Winter Fuel payments from over 480 pensioners in Somerset, 28% of whom had never contributed to the Surviving Winter campaign before. Case study: Surviving Winter has connected Mrs. Watts to a case worker from Knightstone Housing. She had a fall


3 years ago and suffered an injury to her shoulder, which continuously causes her a lot of pain. She also suffers from osteoporosis in her knee, septic arthritis and a heart condition. During the winter months Mrs. Watts has the heating on for most of the day and will sit next to the radiator. The cold really affects her joints so she wears long johns under her trousers to keep warm. Mrs. Watts used a grant from Surviving Winter to purchase a warm pair of trousers and a long cardigan to wear when she does the weekly shop on a Thursday. Her case worker also connected her with many other resources in the community to help warm and healthy.

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sunday 10 december: Wick Carnival Club’s evening of bingo is taking place at Glastonbury Town Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. Hot food will be available. Everyone welcome (over 16 years).

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sunday 10 december: The auction of a large number of landscapes and other work by Street watercolour artist Lance Clark in aid of local charities and Alexandra Residential Centre in Romania. Strode Theatre at 7.30pm. Admission £2. Tel: 01458 442846.

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sunday 10 december – Christmas day: St John’s Church, Glastonbury, will glow from the lights of 50 Christmas trees, each decorated to represent the life and work of a local organisation. Open daily until 10.30am. Entrance free. There will be refreshments, special services and music throughout. Visit

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Wednesday 13 december: Christmas Concert & Carols from Glastonbury Male Voice Choir is taking place at St John’s Church, Glastonbury. This popular occasion in Glastonbury combines an opportunity to be entertained by the choir singing some wonderful Christmas music with carols for the whole congregation. This year the church will be a visual delight with a large number of Christmas trees each decorated by local organizations. 8pm. If anyone is interested in finding out more about the Glastonbury Male Voice Choir, come along to Glastonbury Town Hall on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm. January marks the start of rehearsals of popular and classical songs ready for the main concert season through the spring and summer. For full details visit

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Thursday 14 december: Street Sings ( ladies choir ) will be performing along with Street Men in the Tin Church (also known as Street Mission Church ) for a festive night of carols and Christmas songs. 7pm. Free entry (donation to charity).

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Thursday 14 december: Winter is an amazing time of the year on the Avalon Marshes. Join our guided walk leaders as they go in search of some of the fantastic wildlife that makes Ham Wall its home during the winter. We will be looking out for fishing great white egrets, dabbling ducks, gliding marsh harriers and, of course, the ever elusive bittern, finishing with watching thousands of starlings streaming out of the sky into their night time roosts. A mesmerizing sight! Please be sure to wear suitable stout footwear and dress for the weather. Toilets on site. 2 pm-4 pm. Ham Wall, BA6 9SX. Meet at the Welcome Building in the Ham Wall car park

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Thursday 14 december: The Glastonbury Tor Townswomen’s Guild is part of a national organisation that came into being when Millie Fawsett (a suffragist) fought for changes in women’s rights and formed the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Society in 1897. After women won the vote in 1928 the idea of urban guilds was born, giving women the opportunity to influence the way they could live their lives. Townswomen’s Guild members have continued to make huge differences in national affairs, from campaigning for a ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and protests against Post Office closures; to raising money to replace the thousands of trees lost in the 1987 storms. Glastonbury Tor Townswomen’s Guild meet on the second Thursday of each month (except August) in the small hall at Glastonbury Town Hall, at 7.30 p m. Come and join us and discover the friendship available from membership and partition in their many varied activity groups. Call 01458 448747 for further information

friday 15-sunday 17 december: Clarks Village will be hosting a Christmas Party weekend with carol singers, bands and musicians performing around the Centre, craft workshops for the younger visitors and Father Christmas will be making another stop-over. Clarks Village angels will be on hand to offer helpful advice to guests looking for the perfect Christmas gifts. The 90+ designer & high street brands will be holding exclusive offers and promotions that mean even greater savings.

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Wednesday 27 december – monday 1 January: The ever popular Glastonbury & Street Musical Comedy Society return with another high quality family panto – Jack and the Beanstalk. Suitable for all ages and rooted in local humour and traditions it is definitely not to be missed - early booking recommended! 2.30pm every day, plus 7pm on 27– 30 December only. Tickets £15.00, Full concessions £14.00, Children 16 and under £10.00. Family evening special: 2 adults & 2 children £46. Strode Theatre. Tel: 01458 442846,

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WHAT’S ON Tuesday 19 december: 9.00am: St John’s Church and St Benedict’s Church in Morning Prayer Glastonbury; St Mary’s Church in Meare. in St Benedict’s sunday 3 december: 6.00pm: Advent Carol Service Church. in St John’s Church. 10.30am: Holy sunday 10 december: *10.00am: Parish Communion Communion and switching on of the Christmas Tree Service in St Patrick’s Chapel, The Abbey. Lights in St John’s Church. (*this marks the official 2.00pm: St John’s Infants School Carol Service in St opening of our Christmas Tree Festival) John’s Church. 5.00pm: Healing Service in St John’s Church. Wednesday 20 december: 9.00am: Morning 6.30pm: Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church Prayer in St John’s Church. Wednesday 13 december: 8.00pm: Christmas 10.00am: Holy Communion Service in St John’s Concert by the Glastonbury Male Voice Choir in St Church John’s Church Thursday 21 december: 9.00am: Morning Prayer at Thursday 14 december: 10.30am: Cutting of the St Mary’s Church, Meare. Holy Thorn Ceremony in St John’s Church, 10.30am: Holy Communion Service in St Benedict’s friday 15 december: 11.00am: MENCAP Carol Church. Service in St John’s Church. 2.00pm: St Benedict’s School Carol Service in St sunday 17 december: 9.30am: Parish Communion Benedict’s Church Service in St John’s Church. friday 22 december: 9.00am: Morning Prayer at 6.00pm: Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols in St Abbey House. John’s Church.

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WHAT’S ON Christmas eve, sunday 24 december: st mary’s Church: 4.00pm: Crib Service 10.00pm: Christmas Eve Communion Service st John’s Church: 5.00pm: Crib Service 11.30pm: Midnight Mass st benedict’s Church: 10.00am: Benefice Communion Service. 6.30pm: Carol Service. Christmas day – monday 25 december: st John’s Church: 8.00am: Holy Communion [BCP] Service. 10.00am: Christmas Day Family Communion Service.

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December) there is an informal breakfast sharing meeting. fortnightly mondays: 7pm ‘Digging Deeper’ Bible Study every Tuesday: 10.30am weekly prayer meeting every friday: We are open on Fridays for refreshments (free) a listening ear and prayer should you want it, 11.00am to 2pm. Grace Community Church (Pentecostal), Landmark House, Wirral Park Road, Glastonbury BA6 9FR. Tel: 01458 837846 or visit

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saturday 2 december, 11am – 4 pm: Street’s Christmas Cracker event. The High Street will be closed to traffic. The Parish Council has booked the URC schoolroom for stalls. The church will serve refreshments throughout in the foyer adjoining the High Street. sunday 3 december at 10:30 am: Christmas Gift Service –raising money for the Myra’s Wells Charity, which has been building wells in the small landlocked country of Burkina Faso in West Africa since 2006. With a speaker from the charity. The service will be conducted by Mrs Michaela Edmunds. saturday 9 december from 10 am on: Friendship League Christmas Sale, with many lovely handmade things from our talented ladies’ group; a good source of Christmas presents. Cakes and preserves. Christmas and other cards. Tea and coffee from our new kitchen. Wednesday 20 december at 9:30 am: Rainbow Playschool Nativity, in the church. With carolsinging. Organised by Mrs Sue Court, led by the Rev Tim Richards. With drinks and biscuits after the service. All welcome Christmas eve, sunday 24 december at 5:30 pm: Crib Service

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avaLon amaTeuR Radio CLub

every Thursday: The ever-growing club of dedicated local radio amateurs is open to anyone in the area with an active interest in wireless, from the latest equipment to experimenting with new communication techniques and technologies. It provides a great opportunity of getting like-minded people together on a regular basis and sharing new ideas. Scout Hut, Benedict Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9EZ. Please note that there will be no meetings during either Christmas or New Year weeks. Email Martin at or Mike at for further information

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every Thursday: Do you feel that Christmas is rushing towards you and you are beginning to despair about where to shop for original and nice presents? Well worry no more because the ideal place to shop is Street Country Market For a gift that’s practical and can be worn what about a scarf, hat, cardigan or a children’s dress? These are not only excellent but also show that expert needlework is still being practiced by local people. For something to eat, we offer home-made cakes; bread; jams; marmalade; pickles; honey and even Walnuts grown in Street. There are holly wreaths; mince pies; Christmas cakes and puddings but due to popular demand, get your order in ASAP. We also have a wide range of handmade cards and our experts will even make one to your special requirement. In addition to all this, we offer a range of traditional Corn Dollies plus practical and novelty wood turning items all made from local wood. And whilst you shop, enjoy a cup of Tea or Coffee, and a slice of home-made cake. Thursdays, 9am-12 noon, Street United Reform Church.


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iT’s ChRisTmas… And peace, goodwill and seasons greeting to you all from Tor RFC, to help celebrate the festivities why not bring your copy of Local Reach to Tor RFC on Saturday 9 December for Mince pies and Mulled wine and of course to see our first team against Weston Hornets II XV. This will also be an opportunity to see our clubhouse that we are proud of and wish to share with our local community. As it is Christmas time chances we may all end up over indulging which makes us all think of the new year, new beginnings deC fiXTuRes: daTe Saturday 2 December Saturday 9 December Saturday 16 December If you are over 35 this one may be for you,Tor RFC is your local club and the place to go! -Join in with the all “new” three quarters! (3rds and 4ths)! At Tor RFC –this season we will be joining in with the Return to rugby scheme - Get fit- tailored fun easy going training for all abilities. - Local friendly matches with the emphasis on the social side of the game. - Games tailored to ability- ie 10 aside,1/2 pitch ,30 mins each way,

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and resolutions. If you are thinking of getter fitter in 2018, sure join the gym, get on your bike or join the local Zumba class, Instead why not think of joining your local rugby club, we have offerings to enjoy the game for all levels from the serious league player to the social player, touch rugby and if there is enough interest we will put on walking rugby. Above these offerings are an opportunity make friends, get fit and have fun doing it and you can have a pint to reward all your hard work. Tor 2nd Xv Chard II (H) Winscombe (A) Minehead Barbarians (H)

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The Mendip Bridleways & Byways Association is one of the largest and most proactive Bridleway Associations in the UK, dedicated to creating and maintaining safe riding routes. We are looking for Area Representatives who ride their local routes and are happy to let us know if there is a problem or to discuss issues that arise in their area. Although the positions are entirely voluntary, there is no commitment to come to regular meetings, this is simply a way for us to keep an “ear to the ground” and keep up our good work. You will be provided with a map of your area with the local bridleways and just need to contact us if an issue arises.

WinTeR WaLKing

Anyone for Winter Walking? December brings a new programme of walking for Mendip Ramblers but, it being the festive season, there will also be some eating and drinking to be done. There are a good range of walks on offer, ranging from 3 to 12 miles, and there are opportunities for all during the Christmas holiday season and onwards towards Easter. There are even events that don’t require any walking! Our autumn walks were well supported and there were many bright, sunny days so mud was not a problem – that may have changed by the time this short article is printed, but, we live in hope! Many members will look forward to the annual weekend of walking in March, this year based in Torquay, but before then we will be walking, rain or shine, throughout the Mendip Area. All details can be found on



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maCuLa Degeneration (aMD) In the western world AMD is the leading cause of registered blindness in the over 50 age group. . The retina is a light sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye which receives the image perceived by our brain. A small area at the centre of the retina is called the macular and is responsible for the most detailed vision. The light receptors are very densely packed in this area. Degeneration of this macular area is an age related change and causes a loss of central vision affecting daily tasks such as reading, driving, recognising faces and working with fine detail. The degree of visual impairment can be quite varied but does not lead to total blindness since the peripheral retina is unaffected. Broadly speaking, there are two types of macular degeneration or AMD, usually

referred to as ‘wet’ and ‘dry’. They can be to slow down the progression of AMD detected earlier by Opticians using the e.g. Ocuvite, Nutrof. Also, optical aids latest digital eye scanners. such as magnifiers or reading spectacles with extra magnification can be helpful ‘dry’ amd is the most common form with reading and other small detailed of the condition. It develops very slowly tasks. The intense brightness of “Daylight causing gradual loss of central vision, lamps” in combination with these optical often over a couple of years. An Optician aids can be of great benefit. will see yellowy round deposition at the back of the eye called “drusen”, which Risk factors for AMD include poor are the waste products from the macular nutrition, sun exposure, high blood cells. There is no current medical pressure and cholesterol levels. It has treatment for this type of AMD. been shown that SMOKING causes a 2-3 ‘Wet’ amd results from leakage and build-up of fluid under the retina. This causes bleeding and scarring which leads to sight loss. It can develop quickly and an individual may initially notice distortion of their central vision. Early diagnosis of this is very important since in a percentage of cases the AMD may respond to injections. There are various nutritional supplements on the market which claim

fold increase in chances of developing sight threatening AMD changes. my advice: Stop smoking, wear sun spectacles and/or a wide brimmed hat, eat a healthy diet rich in anti oxidants(eg curly kale and spinach) and keep a check on your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. A regular visit to your optician is sensible to detect and monitor AMD progression and for advice on tints, magnifiers and nutrition.

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‘saving someRseT’s baTs’ aPPeaL

Somerset Wildlife Trust has launched ‘Saving Somerset’s Bats – an urgent appeal to raise £30,000 to strengthen habitats in three key areas in the county which support important bat populations - in particular several rarer species that we stand to lose in Somerset entirely unless action is taken now. Funds raised from PHOTO CREDIT: Nick Tomlinson the appeal will go towards three key areas, including the local Mendip Reserves. Here we urgently need to secure the diminishing population of the Greater Horseshoe bat by managing species rich grassland habitats, grazed well by cattle and the extensive removal of scrub and bracken. We also need to improve hedgerows, which act as linear route maps, to enable Greater Horseshoe bats to hunt for food and urgently need to repair Wadbury Bat House - a critical roost for Greater Horseshoes in this area. For more information on the appeal, Somerset’s bats and to make a donation online please go to: You can also make a donation by phone on 01823 652 429

voLunTeeRs needed foR age uK someRseT

Local charity, Age UK Somerset, has two suggestions which they say could make you happier and healthier! First, you could think about joining the Movement to Music activity sessions on Mondays at Street Methodist Church, 11.45am – 12.45pm. The second way to achieve help that ‘feel-good’ feeling is by helping out. The charity is looking for volunteers to train to lead classes which are choreographed to music. No experience is necessary and all they ask is that you have a good sense of humour, enjoy your music and can spare a couple of hours a week, and would enjoy keeping fit with others. Training will commence in the New Year in Taunton. For further details please contact Ageing Well 01823 345626 or


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ReCyCLe foiL WiTh youR Cans

Somerset residents are being urged to make a new effort to recycle light but valuable aluminium foil rather than let it go to waste in their rubbish bins. And to make recycling easier, all aluminium foil can now be scrunched together in a ball for recycling in the same box – usually the black one – as families’ aluminium and steel food and drink cans, rather than the green box used for paper and glass. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) wants to collect all aluminium foil including take-away containers, trays from festive mince pies, lids from some food packaging, and clean aluminium wrapping from Christmas turkeys and other cooking. SWP’s advice is clear: at the end of your washingup, rinse foil used for food to remove the worse of any contamination, scrunch it all together so it will not blow away, and leave with other materials so it can be easily spotted by the collection crew. To check if an item is metallised plastic or aluminium foil, do the scrunch test: if it springs back, it is

metallised plastic and cannot be recycled. But if it stays scrunched, it is aluminium foil and should be recycled in your black recycling box. Householders seeking advice about kerbside collections, the network of recycling sites or for waste prevention ideas, should visit

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shoe boX aPPeaL foR bRidgWaTeR

Every year homeless people are sleeping rough on our streets and families with young children are struggling. This year the homeless Shoe Box Appeal Bridgwater needs your help to make life a little a bit better for the most vulnerable. Please state whether your shoebox is for a man or a women (bags & boxes are fine too). And why not include a personalised Christmas card? Suggested items include hats, socks, tooth paste, tooth brushes, nappies and baby wipes, hair brush, shower gel, sanitary towels, sweets, Christmas treats, non perishable foods etc. Check the facebook page for further information or email The local drop off point is Owen Barry, The Tanyard, Leigh Rd, Street BA16 0HD

bRass band ReTuRn To gLasTonbuRy

A brass band has returned to Glastonbury after a gap of over twenty years. Glastonbury Brass relocated to the Town earlier this year and had their first concert in the Town Hall to launch the start of the Poppy Appeal. Some members of the original Town Band are back with us once more under the direction of their newly appointed Musical Director, Simon Jones. In the audience were many of the Band’s sponsors together with Michael Eavis who, during the interval, invited the Band to open next year’s Glastonbury Extravaganza in the Abbey grounds in early August 2018. They were delighted to accept. We welcome any player with aspirations of playing at a high level to just come along to a rehearsal either to play or just listen. We have a vast amount of experience around the band to encourage and give support. Just contact the band. To find out more visit their website

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seasons gReeTings fRom baCK2maRKeT Paul, Claire and the Team at back2market would like to wish you a fabulous Christmas and a great new year We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in choosing Back2Market for your Removal, Clearance and Cleaning/Carpet Cleaning Needs. We are proud to be able to provide you with a reliable, quality service and will continue to do so into 2018 and beyond! Looking back at this year, we’ve expanded our Removals service and started our Cleaning and Carpet Cleaning services. We’ve also joined Checkatrade and successfully obtained our Which? Trusted Trader accreditation for a third year. As well as Which? Trusted Traders and Checkatrade, there are many other Consumer Review Organisations, so why did we choose these two? As well as the outstanding reputation of Which? and Checkatrade, it was also because these are Organisations that don’t allow the Business Owner to filter the Reviews that are actually published. Some of the others do, so reducing the value of the Reviews that are posted. Can you rely on a Review Site where the Business Owner can choose

not to allow the Review to be published? We don’t think so. That does not give you an accurate picture of that Business. At Back2Market we trust that we will provide you with a great, flexible service to meet your needs, and our reviews reflect that. This year the Back2Market Team have also all attended a Dementia Friends Information Session from Claire, our Business Manager, who is also a Dementia Friends Champion. The Team are all now proud to be Dementia Friends, having learnt more about ensuring people Live Well with Dementia and being more understanding. Knowledge from the session will aid the Team in many situations, not just relating to Dementia. so, from all of us at back2market, enjoy the festive Period and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.

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The WhiTe sPRing Change of oWneRshiP

The White Spring Glastonbury Foundation, a non-profit company based in Glastonbury, is now the owner and caretaker of the White Spring. The transfer of ownership from Mr. Peter Bennett took place on October 19, 2017. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the White Spring as a community and public resource. The White Spring will continue its current operations, providing drinking water and a sacred space freely open to the public, facilitated by the same capable all-volunteer team. We invite you to visit the Spring, drink its clear water and enjoy its candlelit pools. If the Spring is meaningful to you, we invite you to support our work by volunteering, by donating or simply by kindly acknowledging the dedicated work of our keepers. The Foundation welcomes thoughts and suggestions regarding The White Spring on an ongoing basis, in writing, to our address: The White Spring Glastonbury Foundation, Glastonbury Opportunities Shop, Abbey Mews, Unit 7, 56-58 High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9DY.

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FENCING CONTRACTORS No job too small All types of fencing available FREE ESTIMATES

01458 443 448 35 Ivythorne Road, Street BA16 0TG


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