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Welcome to the first edition of and Winscombe, filled with your new monthly community news and information from your magazine localreach. area. We want to hear from you about all the clubs, societies What a wonderful time of year and charity events which are to launch a new magazine taking place in and around your which shares a fantastic array villages, so as we can share the of local news and events from information (at no cost to you) the community. LocalReach with our thousands of readers, is already distributed through and help you to make them as a number of other Somerset towns, where it has proven to successful as possible. be extremely popular, and is editorial deadline for the now available to you here in January 2018 issue is Wedmore, Cheddar, Axbridge, december 1st LocalReach Community Editor Catherine Davies Email:

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senior CiTizens’ lunCh friday 1 december: Join us for lunch, midday – 2pm at The Pantry, Woodborough Road. Two courses cost £8.95, and it’s home cooked local produce! Please call Winscombe 707937 or email to reserve a table.

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friday 1 december: Stellar Scribes is a group of local authors whose writing covers a range of genres from thrillers to literary fiction and romantic comedy. Join the debate, chat with the writers – Anne Randall, Jan Ellis, Nikki Copleston and Sonja Price – and pick up some Christmas reading. Taking place at Cheddar Library, 2pm – 4pm. Contact Cheddar Library to reserve your free tickets: www. 0300 123 2224.

saturday 2 december: Taking place in The Square, Axbridge, 9am – 1pm.

fundraising auCTion saturday 2 december: An auction of promises, objet d’art and Christmas goodies, taking place St. James Church Hall, Winscombe, 7.30pm – 10pm. Viewing from 6.30pm.

Café ChurCh sunday 3 december: Join us in Blackford Village Hall, 9am – 10am.

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markeT Thursday 7 december: Buy all your fresh fish, local and seasonal fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, home-made cakes, savouries, preserves, local honey, Hobbs House bread, and Moorland Farm beef. Plus, there will be many other interesting and varied stalls, such as cards, children’s clothes, watch repairs and batteries, antiques, curios and collectables, and fairly traded goods. The WCA Book Room is open, selling a wide range of good quality books at very resaonable prices. Browse and buy a book while enjoying a tea or coffee with bisuits, sold in aid of Quaker funds. Come along, 8am – midday at Winscombe Community Centre.

WinsCombe CommuniTy assoCiaTion bookshop Thursday 7 december: Held at Winscombe Community Centre, 8am – midday, we have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books from 75p, children’s books from 25p, large crime and historical fiction and romance sections, as well as general fiction – all kinds of books – many ‘as new’. We rely on donations and have new stock including very recent new titles each week. All profits to Winscombe Community Association.

somerseT singers ChrisTmas ConCerT saturday 9 december: The Christmas Concert will be ‘Elijah’ by Felix Mendelssohn, at St. Mary’s Church in Wedmore, at 7.30pm.


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Wedmore in bloom saturday 9 december: Meet at The George to join the Wedmore in Bloom work party. We work from 9.30am – 11.30am, with coffee to follow! Bring some gardening tools and bags, and give us a hand!

axbridge ToWn CounCil monday 11 december: The monthly meeting of the Town Council takes place, 7.30pm – 9pm in the Town Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The agenda, setting out the business to be transacted, and the accompanying reports are available, prior to the meeting, at AgendaMinutesReports For further details, please contact Mrs Brice, Town Clerk on 07884 264033.

singing for The brain Tuesday 12 december: Leading the fight against dementia, come and join in the singing at Axbridge Town Hall, 2pm – 5pm. See or email

repair Café saturday 16 december: Bring your broken items – toys, lamps, irons, radios and other small electrical items, mechanical items, clothes, crockery, small furniture, bicycles etc. to Lynch Chapel, Winscombe, from 10.30am – 1pm.

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Cheddar hilly Walk Wednesday 27 december: Join the Mendip Society for a five mile walk, led by Cheddar Walking member Gill Davies. Start outside Gardeners Arms pub, Silver Street, Cheddar BS27 3LE (don’t use pub car park). Steep climbs and good views. Tel 01934 742508 for more details.

Wedmore opera saturday 27 January: This is the first date for the 2018 diary - join us to celebrate Burns Night. The chance to enjoy a delicious traditional Burns Night supper prepared by local chef, Nick Armitage, a well-stocked bar, lots of singing with the opportunity to join in – what could be better? Get involved! We are all volunteers at Wedmore Opera, and always have been. Every one of our productions since the very beginning has been realised through the generous gift of people’s time, energy, skill and money. The chorus, our technical team, our director, conductor, administrator, webmaster, ticket sellers, programme writers, fundraisers, publicists and front of house staff are all volunteers. You’d be amazed by the amount there is to do in order to stage a production of this nature, and if you would like to get involved, we will certainly find a job for you. Don’t hold back!

Cheddar hoCkey Club mondays: Have you been inspired by the GB hockey team? Cheddar Hockey Club would love for you to come along and play. We train every Monday night, 6.30pm – 8pm at Wells Blue School astro pitch. See our website to send us a message, or just pop along to training to talk to us to find out more!

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mondays: This flower arranging group meet on the second Monday of the month (except January and August) at 7.30pm. Contact Isobel Cameron on 741004 for details.

mondays: This yoga flex and stretch session for the over 50s takes place 10.30am – 11.30am in Axbridge Town Hall main hall.

Cheddar gorgeous Wi mondays: This WI group meets on the first Monday of every month at Cheddar Baptist Church. Email or call Esther Howley on 07793 089168 to find out more!

soup lunChes mondays: From 12.15pm – 1.30pm in the Church Rooms, Axbridge. No booking required. Liz and Yvonne are looking for help both to serve and make soup and cake on a rota basis. If you can help out in any of those capacities, please contact either Liz or Yvonne on 249538. They look forward to a good response.

pilaTes mondays: Why not try some pilates! Classes take place 11am – 1pm at The George Inn, Church Street, Wedmore.

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ChurChill baby and Toddler group mondays: This is a small, friendly group with a good selection of toys for babies and toddlers. We also have a programme of activities, stories and song. We provide a fruit snack for children and biscuits and hot drinks for adults. Try us for free – call 01934 844134 for further information. Takes place in Winscombe Community Centre, 9.15am – 11.30am.

sparklers mondays: For pre-school children and adults, come along for a hot drink and a chat whilst the children play with the toys. 9am – midday during term time, at All Saints Church, Sandford.

fiTness2unique monday, Wednesday and friday mornings: Join in a fitness class with Fitness2Unique with Lisa Richards, 9am – 10am at Blackford Village Hall. Call 07977 415799 for details.

pilaTes for all mondays and Wednesdays: A small group of beginners Pilates classes, at Cheddar Catholic Church Hall, 9.15am. All ages and abilities welcome. Contact Anna on 07587703887 for more details.


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20% saving on ChrisTmas CarpeT & upholsTery Cleaning I know it's hard to believe but Christmas is only at the end of the month. It's always a really busy time of year for local company Copper Beech Cleaning, as everyone always wants their carpets and upholstery looking lovely on Christmas Day. So the best advice is to get ahead of the rush, book early this year and tick one thing off your Christmas list. Take advantage of a great 20% discount on carpet and upholstery cleaning during December and let Copper Beech Cleaning put the sparkle in your Christmas early. Just quote “local reach discount� when you call us. Tel: 01934 235 855

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Cheddar valley food bank mondays and saturdays: Open 10.30am – 12.30pm, near Unit 4 Wessex Business Centre. We are always looking for donations, and are currently looking for volunteers who can help join our rota to ensure we stay open. If you can help, please contact Vouchers to access support are available from all local agencies and voluntary groups. You can contact us on 07922 309369 or 07922 308154, or email

Cheddar youTh Club Tuesdays: Run by North Sedgemoor Youth Clubs, an independent local youth provider, this club is for young people in Year 7 and above. We meet in the Methodist Church Hall in Cliff Street, 7pm – 9pm. Subs are £1 per week, and all welcome.

Tai Chi Tuesdays: This friendly relaxed class focuses on wellbeing, learning about Shibashi qigong (a gentle breathing exercise based on Taiji), and Yang 24 sgtep Taiji form. It’s only £3 per session, every Tuesday, 7pm – 8.30pm in Axbridge Town Hall. Contact Bob on 07791 291886 for more details.

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the safety of valuable data, to upgrade soon to avoid data loss. If portability is a priority, one may choose to purchase a laptop, or a tablet. Laptops have more powerful hardware, so are better for heavy usage and multitasking, and allow the user to perform all the same tasks as on a desktop. However, tablets can be purchased for less, and are incredibly lightweight and easy to carry around. Laptops are superior for heavy work use, due to easier typing, and larger storage capacity. Tablets, with their portability, are more suited for checking social media, reading e-books, and getting the latest news on-the-go, and if used sensibly, have longer battery life. This decision comes down to preference, but tablets should not be considered a full desktop alternative due to their limited functionality. For help in upgrading your computer while retaining your files, please see our advert on this page or e-mail We are specialists at upgrading old computers to new, so are sure to be able to assist. Neil Buzzard, Director, Computer Problem Solutions Ltd.

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Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Chair Yoga takes place at The Swan Inn, Wedmore, 10am – 11am. Call Jo Willis on 07552 711101 for more information.

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kniTTing and quilTing Tuesdays: Join the group at Wedmore Scout Hut, 9.30am – 10.30am, or join the Camelot Quilters at Wedmore Village Hall, on a Wednesday, 10am – midday.

mediTaTion Tuesdays: Meditation is an ancient form of prayer. It goes beyond words, images, thoughts and feelings. It leads us into stillness, silence and simplicity, allowing us to rest in the presence of God. Even in our modern busy lives this is possible. The aim of Meditation in the Christian tradition is to allow God's mysterious and silent presence that is within us all to become the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we are and do. The World

Community for Christian Meditation is inspired by the vision of John Main a Benedictine monk who revived an ancient form of contemplative prayer and made it available to all. The Axbridge Meditation Group welcomes you to share the teaching and practice of Christian Meditation in silence and friendship. We are open to any denomination, or none. We meet just before 8pm each Tuesday evening in the Axbridge Church Room. Contact Loraine or Andy Goddard on 01934 732007 to find out more.

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The sChool of danCe does your Child love To dance? With the emphasis on enjoyable, The school of dance offers professional and affordable dance classes to children aged 2.5 years and upwards in Cheddar and surrounding areas. new pupils receive TWo free TasTer sessions and are welcomed to enrol at The school of dance during each term. Teaching the core subjects of Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz we aim to teach to the highest standard within a controlled, nurturing and friendly environment, ensuring pupils achieve their own full potential from each class attended. Our dance classes are a great way for children to learn the art and skill of dance whilst making new friends and having fun! School Principal Linzi Furneaux has 11 years teaching experience and is a fully qualified teacher with the BTDA, she also holds a DBS check and First Aid certificates. After attending regular dance classes and performing from a young age, Miss Linzi gained a great knowledge of Dance and the Performing Arts which she now has the pleasure of passing onto her pupils, seeing them grow into talented young dancers and performers. Pupils are trained and prepared to achieve trophy and graded BTDA examinations. We pride ourselves in holding 100% examination pass rate with sessions seeing pupils receiving Merits, Distinctions and Platinum Awards for gaining a final mark of 95% and above. Performance opportunities are also available for all pupils, this enables the chance to work towards staging our school show, giving pupils the chance to show off their dance skills to an audience of approximately 300 whilst building confidence and performance skills. Neither our examinations or shows are compulsory but prove very popular with all pupils. For further information and class details please contact Miss Linzi, all details can be found on our advert opposite!

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painTing group Tuesdays: We are a small group who meet on Tuesday mornings in term time, at Winscombe Community Centre, to paint together, mostly in watercolour. We invite in tutors every three sessions or so to teach us, so probably not suitable for complete beginners, but we’re a friendly group, and if you’d like to find out more, please contact Jo on 01924 844235 or email

CommuniTy yoga Class Tuesdays: Yoga session for all ages, 7pm – 8pm at Winscombe Community Centre. £6 per person – mats provided.

WinsCombe lunCheon Clubs Wednesdays: If you are a pensioner and live alone, you are invited to join Winscombe Luncheon Club for home-cooked meal and friendly company. We meet every Wednesday at Winscombe Community Centre, from 12.30pm. Cost is just £3.50, and transport can be arranged. We also need helpers for the team – not necessarily every week, but to cover holidays.

nordiC Walking Class Wednesdays: Nordic walking is a full-body exercise that is easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. If you can walk, you can Nordic walk! Based on the natural movement patterns of walking, it used specially designed poles to help propel you forwards as you walk. Book in advance with Emma Ruffle, on 07718 376168. Meet at the Winscombe Cricket Club car park on Wednesdays at 10.30am. Session is one HOUR.

Table Tennis Club Wednesdays: Seniors and juniors welcome, both league and casual play available. Practice/casual play on Wednesday evenings (during season) at Winscombe Community Centre. For details, please contact Richard on 07899 753063.

somerseT singers Wednesdays: This group meet at Sidcot Quaker Hall every Wednesday. Contact Paul Ashmore on 843388 for more information.

axbridge arChaeologiCal and loCal hisTory soCieTy Wednesdays: AALHS is a friendly society who welcomes new members. We hold a series of talks throughout the winter months, given by experts in their field, and have walks and visits during the summer to places of interest. Winter meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at Cross Memorial Hall. As a member you will receive a free monthly newsletter and periodic Journal and have access to to the extensive Society library. Non-members are always welcome to our meetings, although we do ask for a small donation of £3. If you’re interested in archaeology or just want to know more about the history of your local area, then please come along to one of our meetings and join us. See for details. 18

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The benefiTs of loCal independenT denTal Care are more affordable Than you mighT Think Across the country many dental practices are now owned and operated by corporate groups. This can leave some patients feeling that they don’t receive the same personal service they used to enjoy. At Priory Dental in wells, we pride ourselves on being able to provide a personal and responsive service. Being a small independently owned practice gives us the ability to really get to know our patients. This means we know what you want and need from us, and you can be confident we can find the right solutions for you. The cost of this personal service is less than you might expect. PrioryPlan is only £8.49 per month. Unlike many plans, there is no joining fee and when you join in advance your initial dental examination is included. PrioryPlan allows you to be seen every six months for a comprehensive dental examination including a dental scaling and any x-rays that may be clinically required.

Any additional treatment is then offered based on our highly competitive fees. Another option is our more advanced plan known as PrioryPlan Complete. This includes the cost of most routine dental treatments and includes cover for dental emergencies at home or abroad. It starts from only £18 per month with the monthly fee dependent on your current state of dental health. Alternatively you may opt to pay as you go with a private dental examination from only £29. Please see our website at for further details of both membership schemes and our current private fees. Whichever option you choose, you can be sure you will receive the same high standard of care. If you would like more information please do not hesitate to get in touch, either via the website, by telephone or in person. We look forward to hearing from you. Dr Ryan K Hughes BDS(Bris), MBChB(Bris), BSc(Bris), MFDS(Edin), FFDRCS(Ire).

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aCTive living Wednesdays: Welcome to ‘Axbridge Active Living’ which opened its doors for the first time in 2013! If you are over 55 and fancy meeting up with friends, and making new ones, please come along for afternoon tea and cake and enjoy the activities on offer. Run by volunteers, the group meets fortnightly. We provide a range of activities and interesting speakers. There is a small charge for refreshments. Contact Vicky Brice for more information: 07884 264033

CiTizens adviCe bureau serviCe Wednesdays: This service takes place in Winscombe, 9.30am to 12.30pm, in the Link Room, next to the Parish Office. This is an appointments only service, for free, independent, and confidential advice on a range of issues. Bookings can be made through the Parish Office on 01934 844257 or email This service is available for a trial period, so be sure not to miss this opportunity. For more information about CAB services, visit

WinsCombe ladies’ running group Wednesdays and fridays: We are a mixed ability group and everyone is welcome, subject to physical activity readiness, although great for beginners! We run all year round in all weathers, road and off road, and at all speeds. It’s a safe and sociable way to run, £4 per session, pay as you go, and no joining fee! Meet Emma outside The Woodborough pub, Wednesdays, 6pm, or Madi in Winscombe Community Centre Annexe on Fridays, 9.30am.

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WinsCombe and disTriCT bridge Club Thursdays and fridays: We are always pleased to see bridge players, whether members or visitors, and try to ensure a varied programme to suit all standards. Winscombe Bridge Club is affiliated to Somerset Contract Bridge Association and hence to the English Bridge Union. Our premises are at the Winscombe Community Centre where there is ample free parking. Free refreshments are available at all our sessions.

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Thursdays: This service will be available, to run alongside the Thursday market, from outside the Winscombe Community Centre. Come along between 10am and midday.

Thursdays: Social Bridge, 1.30pm. Just turn up (Winscombe Community Centre) and we’ll provide a partner if you don’t have one! Club membership is inexpensive and you qualify to enter the club competitions and become eligible to represent the club at County events. Again, please come along to enjoy the bridge in a friendly atmosphere with players of all abilities and if you want to know more contact us at

maTuriTy gang! Thursdays: Why not join the Maturity Gang, who meet at Wedmore Village Hall, 11.30am – 12.30pm.

moor harmony singers Thursdays: This Community Choir meet at Hannah More Cottage, Lower North Street, Cheddar on Thursday evenings. Contact Issy Emeney on 741551 for more details.

Cheddar sTage soCieTy Thursdays: This group meet every Thursday at the Methodist Church, 7.30pm - 9.30pm.

yoga + Thursdays: Yoga+ also takes place in Wedmore, at 10.15am in the Scout Hut. Call Mrs Shane Allen on 01275 790175 prior to your attendance.

ToTs and Tinies fridays: Call Sarah on 01278 713578 to find out more about this group which meets at Wedmore First School, 9.15am – 10.15am.

WinsCombe and disTriCT bridge Club fridays: Duplicate Bridge, 7pm, Winscombe Community Centre. Boards are computer dealt with print-outs available at end of session. Electronic table-top scoring with results are shown on screen at end of session. Results emailed to participants on conclusion of the final board. The club has twelve major championships each year with trophies presented at the Christmas party.

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arT group fridays: The Wedmore Art Group meets 2pm – 3.30pm at the Masonic Hall. Contact Jim Collett on 01934 712663 for more information.

Coffee and fun, rolled inTo one! fridays: (During term time.) Want to make new friends or catch up with old ones? This group for under 5s runs at All Saints Church Room, Sandford. Come and join us for stories, singing, toys and fun, with good coffee and tea for the grown-ups! Pop in or stay all morning.

Cheddar r u CrafTi Club (sCrapbooking, Cardmaking eTC.) saturdays: The last Saturday of every month, 10am – 4pm, this club takes place at Cheddar Chocolate Co, Unit 2 Winchester Farm. It is only £4 per person to cover refreshments and light lunch. Spaces are limited. Call 07708 625214 for more information.

healTh Walks saturdays: Supported by the Patient Participation Group in Cheddar, this 45 minute walk takes in various routes around the area each week. Meet at Union Street, Cheddar, BS27 3NB for a 10.30am start.

Teenage hangouT sundays: This club for school years 7-9 takes place at St. James Church Hall, Sandford, during term time, 6pm – 8pm. It’s 50p per session, with the first session free! For more information, contact Lydia on 01934 844766 or email

messy ChurCh sundays: This session with messy activities and worship is for the whole family, and takes place at St. James Church Hall, Sandford on Sunday mornings, 10am – 1pm. Everyone is welcome, and it’s a suggested donation of £2.50 to include lunch. For more information, call Helen on 07879 995275.


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sos! save our signposTs The Wedmore Parish Council have accepted a proposition to proceed with the painting and renovating the fingerposts of the parish. These beautiful cast iron fingerposts are a valuable asset to our villages in Somerset, to our heritage and enjoyed by parishioners and visitors alike. There is always a risk that their removal could occur if neglect continues. The Wedmore Parish Council invite donations/ sponsorships from parishioners to fund this worthwhile local project, average cost is £300 – £500 per fingerpost. We would also welcome any size of donation for this very worthwhile project. There are 15 signposts to renovate in total!

sexy’s school (renovated)

heath house (unrenovated)

completed. Somerset Forge have made a superb job of this restoration and it is much admired. We are finding the cost of full renovation is more than previously thought, with average price for a four blade Fingerpost to be circa £ 650. There is some good news concerning replacing missing blades. Somerset Forge have sourced a foundry that can produce exact As may have already been observed the fingerposts at replicas - they cost £ 200.00 per blade. Donations Lascot Hill, Plud Street, Sexeys School & Blackford. have been offered to help with the renovation of the Please donate by cheque to the Wedmore Parish following Fingerposts; Snipefield Lane, Top Junction/ Council to enable this project to proceed. A monthly Sand, Heath House Cross Roads, Stoughton Cross, progress report will be published in the Wedmore News. Dungeon/Cheddar Road. We are pleased to report that following the restoration of the Fingerposts at Lascot Hill and Plud Street, the Fingerpost at Sexey's School, Blackford is now

We thank parishioners for donations already made and also of course for your support in future. Wedmore Parish Council.

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blood donor sessions These take place regularly at Church House, Church Street, Cheddar. If you are interested in giving blood or can encourage anyone you know to give blood it would be appreciated. Appointments are essential. To book an appointment call 08457 711 711 or visit

dungeons and dragons This group meets regularly in an Axbridge location, weekend evenings. For more information, email

Cheddar library We have wifi! So why not become a member – the staff will issue you with a membership number and PIN – and away you go! The Library is a hub for a number of community groups, using the upstairs meeting / reading space. There is also a children’s section at the rear. It is situated in Union Street by the Market Cross. Opening hours: Monday 10am - 5pm; Tuesday Closed; Wednesday 10am - 5pm; Thursday Closed; Friday 10am - 5pm; Saturday 10am - 1pm. Tel: 01934 742769.


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Cheddar sCouTs, Cubs and beavers If you are interested in helping to run Scouts, Cubs or Beavers in Cheddar we are always looking for volunteers, either to act as assistants or to become fully warranted leaders. It’s great fun and you will meet lots of interesting new people. For more information, contact: scouts: Doug De Ivey 744224

Cheddar in bloom Cheddar in Bloom is always looking for volunteers to help maintain the planters that are located around the village. It would mean keeping an eye on them and watering/ dead heading as required. If you wanted to get involved and do some more adventurous planting, that would be wonderful. We have some volunteers and are looking for more so that the tasks do not get too onerous. If you can help and would like to see Cheddar in bloom, please call 01934 744095.

rainbows: Karen Percival 01749 870067 brownies: Vicki Sweet 01278 445054 guides: Sue Wild 01749 870239 rangers: Jenny Hill 742480 axbridge district Trefoil guild: Betty Morgan 712366.

priCkles hedgehog resCue Based at 7 Copper Close, Cheddar, this rescue centre cares for injured, poorly and orphaned hedgehogs. When they are well they are released back to the wild. If you have any spare time to support the work we do, please contact us: 07806 744772.

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laurel and Wylde At Laurel and Wylde, we are really trying to make a change to the world of Estate Agency, generally we (Estate Agents) have such a bad rep, and I totally understand why, it’s a shame really, because most of the bad press is justified! However, with a little bit of client care, honesty, enthusiasm and proactivity, we believe that this can be changed, from our point of view, anyway, for good! One thing that amazes me is that other agents USP’s seem to be how long they have been around, how many offices they have, where their offices are and what newspapers they advertise in, all of these points couldn’t be further away from what makes a good estate agent, and how well they will perform selling your house, now I don’t want to give away all of our secrets, but we don’t advertise in any newspapers, we only have one office, we have only been around less than two years, and we have sold houses in Cheddar, Draycott, Mark, Bath, Bristol, Weston, Bridgwater, Radstock, Wells, Burnham and Highbridge!

Our real claim to fame is that we have agreed sales on 24 houses that other agents couldn’t sell, generally all within a couple of weeks, and our current average selling fee is 98.8% of asking price, which we believe is phenomenal! Nowadays the art of selling houses, we believe, is in the marketing, online, the bigger and better your listing, online, and the more places you have that listing, the more people will want to click on it, the more viewings you will get, the quicker we will sell it and the better price you will sell it for! This is working so well for us, and is probably why we have been able to sell so many houses the other agents have failed to, within a short space of time. If you are thinking of selling, or even just want an up to date market appraisal, why not give us a call and we can show you in more detail how we are doing what we are doing, so well. nick puddy – managing director laurel & Wylde see our back page advert

Cheddar Walks We all know that Cheddar is world-famous for its cheese and stunning gorge, but many visitors and often those of us who live here, are unaware of the rich diversity of landscape and walking country we have right on our doorsteps! Through the Walkers are Welcome scheme, Cheddar Walking promotes Cheddar as a walker-friendly destination offering a number of walking routes of varying grades, starting from the village centre. Walkers are Welcome is a non-profit making Community Interest Company - a nationwide initiative, launched in 2007 to encourage towns and villages to be ‘welcoming to walkers’. For all enquiries about walking in Cheddar, please email We welcome feedback on the walks, so if you have done any of them, please drop us an email to tell us how it went and any good or bad points you found.


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The absenCe of shepherds One of the most satisfying projects of the year has been this delightful little oil on panel by Cardiff born artist Charles Jones (1836–1902). Particularly admired for his meticulous portrayals of sheep, the painter became known fondly as “Sheep” Jones. Previously lost in a dark grey fog of over a century of fire soot and discoloured varnish, the most precisely rendered sheep emerged into brilliant daylight after cleaning. The similarity between Jones’ small flock and that of another mid-Victorian painting is compelling. In 1852, as the aging Duke of Wellington was voicing his concerns about the poor state of the English coastal defence against a possible French invasion, William Holman Hunt (1827–1910) settled down for a long summer diligently painting “Lost Sheep,” as it

was first entitled. Nestled above Covehurst Bay, on the sea cliffs near Hastings, the artist strove to represent the scene in accord with Ruskin’s exhortation to “go to Nature in all singleness of heart.” The painting, later exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1953 as “Our English Coasts,” drew critical acclaim and is now considered a quintessential Pre-Raphaelite landscape. As in the “The Hireling Shepherd,” these sheep are in trouble. In a beautiful, but perilous, location they seem oblivious to danger. Grazing unwisely on the promontory, some ensnared in dense thickets while others flop haplessly. A social allegory of wilful moral decline is emphasised in third re-titling of the painting as “Strayed Sheep” in 1855, for the Exposition Universelle. Moreover, here he evokes a Biblical message: “All we like sheep have gone astray” (Isiah 53:6). Jones’ sheep also stand uncomfortably near the precipice, though appearing more alert than Hunt’s insensible flock. Perhaps the most striking parallel is not the evident peril in the pictures, but the unease generated by what is absent. Not even a distracted hireling tends these sheep.

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Here is just a selection of properties that have been SOLD by Laurel & Wylde, where other agents failed!

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“Laurel & Wylde were recommended to me by my solicitor and I’m so pleased they were. They were a lovely team, so professional, very helpful and always there for me anytime I needed them for anything. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell their property” Mrs Linda Vale “I instructed the team at Laurel & Wylde to sell my house in Burnham. They did a great job. My house was under offer in just under two weeks and I handed the keys to the new owners after only eight weeks. Genuinely nice people who aren’t your typical Estate Agents. They also found me my new home which I absolutely love. 5* service, highly recommend and wouldn’t dream of selling my house with anyone else” Emma Luckwell caLL uS nOw fOr a frEE, nO ObLigatiOn MarkEt appraiSaL

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