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FEB 2018 Issue No. 3

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Welcome to LocalReach! Hello to all of our LocalReach readers – the number of which are growing, I can tell, as I am now receiving much more information from our local charities and groups to be included in the magazine. Thank you very much for the bits you are sending through – who would have thought there was so much going on in and around our villages! LocalReach is a great way to disseminate the information for free, so keep it coming! We are now well into the new year, and I wonder how many of us are sticking to the resolutions we made for 2018. Take a look through the magazine to see which classes and groups you might like to join or support – there are plenty to choose from! Best wishes Catherine Davies Community Editor for LocalReach Editorial deadline for the March issue is 1st February 2018

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Churchill Baby & Toddler Group Monday 5 February: The Baby & Toddler Group meet every Monday (term-time), 9.15am – 11.30am, at Churchill Methodist Hall, Front Street, Churchill BS25 5NG. The group is for children aged 0 – 4 years, and parents, grandparents and carers are all welcome. The first visit is free, and then £2 per family per session. The next dates are 5, 19, 26 February and 5, 12, 19 March.

Green Wedmore Monday 5 February: Taking place on the first Monday of every month at The George in Wedmore, 8pm. Green Wedmore are an umbrella organisation to co-ordinate, explore and encourage sustainable living as it could apply in practical terms to Wedmore and the surrounding villages.

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Tuesday 6 February: A local Mah-Jong group has now been running in Shipham for just under a year. Whether you’re a novice, experienced Mah-Jong player or someone who would like to learn to play, please come along and join our group. We aim to make these enjoyable social evenings playing a game that originated in the Far East. The venue is Wilcox Cider, Broadcroft Farm BS25 1UF and we meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. For further details, please contact Mark at or phone 07815 681580.


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Cheddar Arts @ Kings Theatre Thursday 8 February: Cheddar Arts @ Kings Theatre continues its 2018 cinema season with the film Victoria and Abdul. A biographical comedy drama starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal, the film tells the story of Queen Victoria’s friendship with her Muslim servant. Tickets £5.50, concessions (under 16 / over 60) £4.50. Refreshments available. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are available online at For more details, visit cheddarArts or for queries, email

Young Musician Competition Friday 9 February: The Rotary Club of Mendip is holding the annual Young Musician Competition at the Friends Meeting House, Sidcot starting at 7pm. This is the local round in a national competition and has attracted entries from several local schools, so we are sure there will be a high standard in this year’s concert/competition. Please come to support our students who are performing on a variety of instruments, as well as vocalists. The admission charge is just £4 (including programme), no charge for under 16s. It is always a very enjoyable evening. About 8,000 young musicians took part in this competition across the country last year and we were delighted that the winner of our local competition, who was the talented violinist Cristina Dimitrova won through to the national final. This is one of several competitions supported through our local Rotary Club; others this year include Young Writer, Young Chef and Young Artist. These are all intended to give an extra-curricular challenge to our local students.


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Diamonds a cut above the rest Clevedon Salerooms Jewellery Specialist John Kelly, Fellow of the Gemmological Association has been appraising fine jewellery and silver for more than three decades. With the demand for diamond jewellery at an all time high, fuelled by the expansion of a class of wealthy consumers from the East, now is a very good time to have a rummage in that jewellery box or safe and perhaps consider realising the value of that unworn jewellery. While diamonds are valued on the Four C’s: Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat, it can be argued that there exists a fifth ‘C’ that can dramatically affect value; Cartier, one of the most famous jewellery companies in the world, founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier. This graduated five stone baguette cut diamond ring bears the highly regarded name Cartier and was sold at Clevedon Salerooms for £5,000, comfortably more than double what you would expect for a similar ring without that all-important ‘fifth C.’ If you would like John to have a no-obligation look through the contents of your jewellery box to reveal what treasures may be hidden within, why not come and meet him on Friday 16th February at the Salerooms between 10am – 4pm at the Specialist Jewellery, Silver and Watch Free Valuation Day. No appointment is necessary and there is ample free parking.

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Sunday Breakfast

Winscombe Probus Club

Sunday 11 February: This breakfast takes place on the second Sunday of the month, 9am – 10am at Blackford Village Hall, run by Holy Trinity Church, Blackford.

Monday 12 February & Monday 26 February: Probus Clubs are for retired or semi-retired people who have held a position of responsibility during their professional or business life. The February events will take place at Winscombe Community Centre, 10.15am – 12 midday. On 12 February we have Teresa Hall – ‘Local history of Winscombe and Sandford’, and on 26 February, Andrew Wallis – ‘Unseen’. We meet at 10.15am for tea or coffee with biscuits, and a social chat. If you are interested in joining us, initially as a guest, then please contact our Chairman, Alan, on 01934 782505 for further details. We meet on the second and fourth Monday every month except Bank Holidays. We have a regular programme of presentations and social events throughout the year. For more information about this year’s programme of events, please call our Programme Secretary, David, on 01934 842397.

Beekeeping Thursday 15 February: Wedmore and Cheddar Beekeepers will be holding a seven week beginners’ course in beekeeping, 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Old Schoolroom, Stone Allterton BS26 2NJ. The cost will be £20. If you are interested in joining, then please contact Jonathan Friend on 01934 712971 or email

Mendip Society Programme The Mendip Society is a registered charity - a group of several hundred like-minded people who come together in the interests of conserving and enhancing the Mendip Hills and enjoy their unique character and beauty.

Chinese New Year Eve Celebrations in Westbury sub Mendip ! The Chinese New Year starts on Friday16th February. It is “The Year of the Dog” and is another chance to make or reset your New Year Health & Vitality Resolutions.

Saturday 3 February: Nunney

You are welcome to join the Tai Chi group to start the Chinese New Years Eve Celebrations on Thursday 15th February 12.15 to 1.15pm in Westbury Village Hall

Meet at 1.30pm in the Quarry car park, Nunney (BA11 4NL). Moderate: A 4-5 mile walk which includes the 14th century Nunney Castle. It will be muddy and slippery along the brook but we may see early snowdrops. Contact: Roger 07971 245956

Saturday 10 February: Hinton Blewitt and Coley Meet at 1.30pm at lay-by opposite the Ring O’ Bells, Upper Road, Hinton Blewett, (BS39 5AN), or park considerately nearby. Moderate: A hilly walk of 4.5 miles. Contact: Clive 01275 848053 Cheddars First & Finest DIY store

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Moderate: A walk of 4.5 miles to go along the snowdrop trail. Contact: Gill 01934 742508

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KINDRED Saturday 17 February: Local Wedmore/Cheddar based band KINDRED launched their debut album ‘Our Tomorrow’ at the end of November, and it is proving a great success. They have seen downloads from 14 countries and it is also available in CD and vinyl format. The five-piece band recorded the album in White House studios in Kew Stoke, so it’s a true local project. The songs were written by Ian Scott (known as Scottie) in conjunction with the rest of the band. The band members are Fran Crandon on lead vocals, Helen Sayer on keyboards, Ian Scott on guitar, Ian Anstey on bass, and Clive Millar on drums. They have also been assisted by Josh Munyard on bass. 20% of all sales are being donated to BIBIC children’s charity based in Somerset. The charity helps children suffering from brainrelated disabilities, and their families. The band has been featured on local radio stations including BBC Radio Somerset and Glastonbury FM and has received some fantastic independent music critic reviews. As well as writing and playing their own music they also do a set of covers, and can be seen next at The King William in Glastonbury on Saturday 17 February.

Saturday 24 February: Chew Stoke Meet at 1.30pm in the Herons Green lay-by on the west side of Chew Valley Lake on the B3114 (BS40 6NL). Moderate: A 4 mile walk passing a waterfall.

Tai Chi is a gentle moving meditation, that has been practiced for centuries in China and now world wide, including Westbury every Thursday. The graceful flowing movements promote wellbeing through a holistic approach coordinating mind, body and breath.The increase in Chi flow helps with balance, tranquility and strength and is suitable for all ages and abilities. All welcome to kick start your health and vitality resolutions

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You can support this local band by downloading their album from i-tunes or Spotify or buying a CD or vinyl from their website: www. Every download or sale helps promote the band to a wider audience as well as helping the charity.

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Restoring a Rococo Frame

Axbridge Archaeological & Local History Society

Paintings, almost always, have a frame! Ensuring this is in good repair to protect and present the occupying artwork at its best is an essential aspect of our art restoration work. Typically, frame restoration includes the replacement of broken or lost moulded decoration. Accurate moulds can be taken from undamaged areas to reproduce decorations in traditional composition or using synthetic polymers. More significant carved elements may also have been lost or broken and need to be replaced. Loss of surface gesso and abraded gilding are common forms of damage that can be restored and refinished. Surface cleaning may be needed, and care must be taken not to disturb original distressing and toning layers. Our restoration approach aims to bring the frame to a presentable and coherent appearance, consistent with its age and finish. This stunning carved and gilded French Rococo frame was restored for a small seventeenth Flemish panel painting of a town ablaze. The location of the fire and the artist are unknown. The frame’s elaborate moulded composition decorative motifs date from the mid to late eighteenth century. The Rococo was associated with the reign of Louis XV of France when a lighter and more delicate adaptation of the Baroque style came to the fore. Typical examples of decorative forms from the period, such as shell cartouches, C-curve pierced scrolls, and foliate decorations are present in this richly decorative frame. Shell and plant motifs, inspired by nature, also featured prominently in furniture and architecture of the day. Rococo frames are often asymmetrical and can sometimes appear disproportionate in scale to the painting. This frame was in fair condition, overall. However, there were numerous local losses to the composition moulding and several of the larger decorative features. Regions of abrasion to the gesso and gilded finish were also widespread. We recast decorative elements in polymer clay using moulded dental polymer impressions taken from better-preserved areas. Traditional gesso and bole were then applied to the restorations, before gilding and toning the surface finish to integrate with the classic aged appearance of the original oil gilding.

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Wednesday 21 February: Taking place at Cross Memorial Hall (BS26 2EL) at 7.30pm, our talk will be given by Frances Neale. The title is John Bunn of Wedmore, 1798; a voyage through the local and national archives. Non-members are always welcome but a donation of £3 is requested. And do check out our website for details of all the 2018 talks and visits.

The Strawberry Line Society AGM Thursday 22 February: Taking place from 7.30pm at the Recreation Ground, Winscombe. Speaker Jeff Vinter on 'All Change at the End of the Line'. Jeff was so fascinating last year that we have invited him again! With many years’ experience in re-using old railways across the UK, Jeff has written extensively on the subject and acted as consultant for many TV programmes including Julia Bradbury's 'Railway Walks'. All welcome so please put the date in your diary!

Winter Book Sale Saturday 24 February: The popular Winscombe Winter Book Sale is being held from 9am until 12.30pm. The sale will be held in the Winscombe Community Centre, Sandford Road. Entry is FREE. There will be thousands of good quality second-hand books and collectables for sale. Most fiction or non-fiction books are 50p, and most children’s books are 40p. ALL the proceeds will go to support the running of the Community Centre. Light snacks (including bacon baps) and drinks will be available. Why not come and find a bargain or twenty for the price of one new book!

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Saturday 17 March: The spring programme closes with the live event, Where is Mrs Christie?

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The SPACE Mondays: The SPACE is an independent, welcoming, safe and accessible weekly ‘cafe’ style drop-in on Mondays, 4pm to 6pm at the Methodist Hall, Cheddar BS273PL where young people aged 13 to 18 have access to support, advice, information, signposting and volunteering opportunities. The SPACE is supported by qualified youth workers, one-to-one support; signposting to advice, advocacy and other community services; individual counselling provided by qualified youth counsellors, peer-to-peer training and mentoring linking into incentives for volunteering. Come along and drop-in to the SPACE. Contact Heather Colman at or 07725 692452 for more information.

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1st Cheddar Guides Peace Poster Presentation Cheddar Vale Lions Club was delighted to sponsor 1st Cheddar Guides for the Lions International Peace Poster Contest 2017-18. The Guides’ winner of this year’s contest ‘The Future of Peace’ was Willow Norman. Willow was presented with a certificate and prize by Lion President Marion Adcock at the Guides meeting on Monday 4th December. Runners-up, Gerogia Hemmings and Daisy Thompson, also received prizes from Cheddar Vale Lions. The Club wish to thank the 1st Cheddar Guides for their participation and Guide Leader Bev Davies (MJF) for her on-going support of Lions projects. Willow’s poster has been sent to the District Governor to be judged in the District level of the contest.

Willow’s winning poster

L-R: Daisy Thompson, Gracie Adams, Marion Adcock, Willow Norman

Churchill and Langford Minibus Society The Department of Transport has provided a Community Minibus for all the residents of Banwell, Burrington, Churchill, Shipham, Sandford and Winscombe Parishes. We have two minibuses, a 10 seat and a 12 seat vehicle, both have tail lifts and are adapted to allow us to carry both able bodied and disabled passengers (including those in a wheelchair). To use the minibus you just need to become a lifetime member of the C&L Minibus Society (membership is free) and make a donation towards the running costs of the trip. Each month there are both scheduled and unscheduled trips. Scheduled trips go to Weston, Worle, Clevedon, Nailsea, Wells, Wrington, Yatton and Winscombe. The scheduled trips are advertised in Winscombe library and on the notice at Browns corner in the village. Unscheduled trips go to a variety of destinations within a 60 mile radius of Churchill, providing transport for theatre, cinema, lunches, social outings and many other events. We also help non-ambulatory (wheelchair/ disabled) members get to healthcare and other appointments. In addition we also support The Good Companion Scheme (combating social isolation), Pre-School, Primary School, WI, Churchill Music, Cricket Club, Stroke Association, Wrington Youth week and Rainbows amongst others with their transport needs. For more information about using the minibus, contact Laura on 01934 863679. If you would like to be a volunteer driver or help in other ways, please contact the Malcolm on 01934 852314. 16

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Cheddar Valley Voices Mondays: A friendly, inclusive group of singers, singing a range of styles. There are four groups in the family: Senior Lads (aged 12+) - meet Mondays, 6pm - 6.45pm at Kings of Wessex Academy; Adults - meet Mondays, 7pm - 8pm at Kings of Wessex Academy; Juniors (8-12yrs) meet Tuesdays, 4.15pm - 5pm at Fairlands Middle School; Senior Girls (12+) meet Tuesdays, 5pm - 5.45pm at Fairlands Middle School. For more information, email Kate Lynch at

Axbridge Rascals Mondays: 9.30am – 11.30am at Axbridge Methodist Church, West Street, for children up to 4 years.

Cheddar Food Bank Mondays and Saturdays: Food allocation 10.30 am – 12.30pm from Oasis Hall behind the Community Church Office, Tweentown, Cheddar (entrance behind Hansford's Deli). Food bank donations and storage is at Container 2, Wessex Business Centre, or Cheddar Sainsbury’s, Axbridge Coop or Lunns Garage. We are always looking for donations and volunteers who can help join our rota. If you can help, please contact Vouchers to access support are available from all local schools, churches, medical centres, village and carers agents, plus many other agencies and voluntary groups. You can contact us on 07922 309369 / 07922 308154 or email

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Tai Chi for Health Programme (Arthritis and Falls Prevention) Tuesdays: Held during term-time in Hannah More Cottage, Cheddar, the beginners’ class is from 1pmwith a class diverse knowledge & profound understanding 2pm and the intermediate is from 2pm – 3pm. The cost is £5 a session or six sessions for £24. The of joinery & cabinet making.... class is accessible to all and no previous experience is necessary - come and join in and hopefully you will enjoy Tai Chi as much as the existing members. For further information, please contact Debbie on 07799 623032 or via email:

Axbridge District Trefoil Guild Tuesdays: Axbridge District Trefoil Guild meet each month on the second Tuesday, at 2pm. Meetings are usually held in the Catholic Church Rooms in Cheddar, but occasionally in the summer outdoor activities or visits are arranged. Any visitors will be very welcome, or contact Secretary Eileen Petty on 01934 741255 for more information.

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Tuesdays: Moor Voices are a super community choir based in Cheddar, and would love to welcome new 07583 476335 members. We meet at Hannah More Cottage on Tuesday evenings. We sing a mixture of material, but with an emphasis on folk, and all our songs are arranged in harmony especially for the choir by our leader Issy Emeney, a well-known and very experienced folk musician, arranger and choir leader. There is no need to read music, and the group welcomes all ages and levels ofBuscott experience - no need to worry if you've never Buscott Woodworking, Farm, Station TA7 It9QP sung in a choir before! Do come and give Road, us a tryAshcott, at a freeSomerset taster session. could be the start of something very special in your life! For more information, email or call 01934 741551. 18


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Weston & Mendip Advanced Motorists Covering Wedmore, Cheddar and Winscombe as well as the wider area, we offer not just training to become Advanced Motorists but also both practical and classroom help to all motorists in our area to help them become more confident and get more fun from their driving. On the practical side we offer public drives where our experts sit alongside you and offer hints and tips to help you get more from your driving. We have recently introduced a fuel economy course where in an hour, with just a few minor changes in driving techniques, we will almost certainly be able to help you improve your miles per gallon. We can also offer a range of courses on specific driving subjects such as motorways, rural roads, etc. Except for the Advanced qualification, all of these practical drives and classes are free of charge! Just call 07020 934714 or email for more information.


Cheddar Youth Trust

Axbridge Royal British Legion

Thanks to the Bath Arms, Cheddar Youth Trust (CYT) enjoyed a successful festive fundraising night when trustees staffed a pig roast stall outside the pub, raising £530. “We would like to thank Jacqui Lewis for her generosity, help and cooperation in enabling us to raise this amount,” said CYT chairman Clive Panchaud who is pictured presenting Jacqui with flowers.

Tuesdays: Axbridge Royal British Legion meets every month, except January, on the first Tuesday of the month. The meetings are held at 11am in The Lamb, Axbridge. Visitors are always welcome whether male or female, young or slightly older. More information can be obtained from Secretary Brian Winder on 01278 785696.

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Brownies Tuesdays: Sandford Brownies meet at All Saints Church at 6.30pm.

Bible Study Group Tuesdays: This group meets from 7.45pm at All Saints Church, Sandford. Call 01934 263696 for more information.

Axbridge Mothers' Union Wednesdays: Axbridge Branch of Mothers' Union meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings are generally held in the Church Rooms of St. John the Baptist, Axbridge and start at 2.30pm. Branch Leader Janet Angle can be contacted on 01934 733695, and would be happy to answer any queries. Visitors are always very welcome.

Rotary Club Wednesdays: Following the announcement of the Burrington Inn sale, the Wrington Vale Rotary Club undertook a search of potential meeting venues for our regular weekly meetings held every Wednesday evening, 7.15pm, and it was eventually decided the Barley Wood House at Wrington should become our new home. The Club has an excellent programme of speakers lined up for the meetings, plus several community projects being either undertaken or under consideration for future participation be they of local, national or international importance. Visitors are always welcome to the meetings. To learn more, please visit or call Bob Shaw on 01934 842551.

Chinese New Year in Wedmore! Wednesdays: The Chinese New Year starts on Friday 16th February. It is ‘The Year of the Dog’ and is another chance to make or reset your New Year Health & Vitality Resolutions. Try Tai Chi - a gentle moving meditation, that has been practiced for centuries in China and now world-wide. The graceful flowing movements promote wellbeing through a holistic approach coordinating mind, body and breath.The increase in Chi flow helps with balance, tranquillity and strength and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Classes are every Wednesday in Wedmore Village Hall, 12.15pm to 1.15pm. Drop in - pay as you go, £5. For more information, contact John Beasley on 01749 672482

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Round Oak Badminton Club Wednesdays: Social badminton group playing in Cheddar Village Hall on Wednesday evenings, 8pm – 10pm. New members welcome. Contact Ros King at or call 07974 759322 for more information.

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Wedmore Tennis Club

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This is a thriving, friendly, local tennis club and always welcomes new members, both adults and juniors. We have a full programme of social, league and club activities, and an extensive coaching programme for adults and juniors, from beginner to performance level. If you are interested in joining our Tennis Club, please contact our Membership Secretary, Liz Randall: And if you would like to have some coaching, please contact our full-time Club Coach, Craig Phillips: 07546230727 An example of our adult coaching offer is our popular 'Rusty Rackets' session, suitable for complete beginners and rusty returners, which runs on Wednesday mornings from 10am - 11am. For those who fancy some keep-fit fun, there's a 'Pay and Play' Cardio Tennis session for adults on Saturday afternoons from 1.30pm - 2.30pm for members and non-members. For juniors, Craig runs both group and individual coaching sessions from tots to teens throughout the week. We hope to see you on court!

Wednesdays: If you are a pensioner and live alone then you are eligible to join our club for a freshly cooked meal and friendly company at the Community Centre on Sandford Road. We meet every Wednesday except during August and on the run-up to Christmas. The cost is only £4 per meal and for 50p more we'll even collect you and deliver you home afterwards! There may be a waiting list for places, so call Mo Matthews on 01934 843729 to book a place or to receive further details. Mo would also be glad to hear from volunteers who would be interested in joining a team once a month to help prepare the food; it's fun and the teams are greatly appreciated.

Axbridge Connected To keep in touch with discussions in and around Axbridge, join the group ‘Axbridge Connected’ on Facebook. It’s a public group, dedicated to keeping Axbridge folk up-to-date on events, to invite them to join in activities, to offer or to ask for help or advice - in short, the stuff you might chat about in The Square with folk you know - or even think you know- and who would be interested in what you have to say!

Cheddar Vale Lions Club The Dedication Service and lighting of the Tree of Light at Cheddar Garden Centre organised by Cheddar Vale Lions Club, was held on 7th December when the lights were officially switched on and the Service was led on by Lois Emms, Methodist Lay Preacher. Carols were played by the Cheddar Valley Music Club. To date, sponsorship of the lights has raised £600 (Gift Aid to be added). The Lions Club would like to thank the Manager for allowing the use of the premises and all staff at the garden centre for their help. We thank all the businesses who took posters and sponsorship forms prior to the event as well as the local media. Finally, our thanks must go to all those who sponsored the lights and helped raise this money, all of which will go back into the local community early in 2018. We hope that providing the Tree of Light has given you some comfort at this time of year and that it will continue for many years to come.

Round Oak Badminton Club Wednesdays: Social badminton group playing in Cheddar Village Hall on Wednesday evenings, 8pm – 10pm. New members welcome. Contact Ros King at or call 07974 759322 for more information.

Bellringing Practice Thursdays: This weekly practice takes place at St. James’s Church, Winscombe, 7.30pm.

Maturity Gang Thursdays: We are a dance group for the over 50s who want to keep fit. No special expertise required. Wedmore Village Hall, 10.30am to 12 midday. For more details, contact Pat on 01934 713430.

Cheddar Karate Thursdays: This Karate club promotes self-defence and anti-bullying confidence, for all ages. Pay as you go, the sessions take place at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Cheddar on a Thursday, 7.15pm – 8.30pm. For club information, please contact Anne Smith on 07843 946949.

Blackford & Wedmore Toddlers Thursdays: This group runs during term-time, Thursdays, 9.30am – 11.30am. The venue is Blackford Village Hall, and it’s £2 for one child and £1 for siblings. It is a very friendly group, with lots of lovely toys to suit babies and toddlers up to age 4. There is fruit and a snack for children, and lots of tea/coffee and occasionally cake for mums and dads! Contact Abi on 07753 941341 for more information.

Choir Practice Thursdays: Practice takes place weekly at St. James’s Church, Winscombe, 7.30pm.

Muddy Tracks Forest School Thursdays and Fridays: Muddy Tracks Forest School is outdoor adventures for 1-5 year olds, with parents or carers. It runs during term time, on Thursday and Friday mornings, 9.30am - 11am. Meet at Moorland Farm Shop in Axbridge. It’s £5 a session, payable by the term. For more information, email jasminpetty@gmail. com 22

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Theale Flower Show

Saturdays: A popular monthly community event at Wedmore St. Mary Church - an essential visit for a taste of village life and great coffee! Every first Saturday of the month at 10am for two hours.

This traditional show will be celebrating its 75th birthday in 2018, and will be held in the hamlet of Theale on the first Saturday of September. It will include a fun dog show, children’s events and games and vintage vehicle display. With music (and hopefully sunshine) to complement homemade tea and cakes, barbeque and bar, there is something for the whole family. Theale Flower Show classes include free entry to the children's classes: arts and crafts; brewing in all its guises; vegetables; fruit and flowers, and is sponsored by local businesses from the surrounding area.

Messy Church Saturdays: Messy Church takes place on the second Saturday of the month from 10.30am at St. James’s Church Hall in Winscombe.

Community Café Saturdays: On the first Saturday of every month from 10.30am, the All Saints Church (Sandford) and Community Café is a great opportunity to meet friends and family.

Step Changes at Axbridge Parish Church Buggy pushers, wheelchair users, and anybody who find steps a problem will be delighted with plans to build an ‘Access for All’ at Axbridge Parish Church. There will be no steps to prevent entry between the Square, or car parks, and the Grade 1 listed building. The route, via St Mary’s Street, Church Lane and a surfaced Public Right of Way will lead to a new level walkway to the main South Porch entrance. An ‘Access for All’ Building Fund has been set up.

Looking to the future, the Flower Show committee would like to invite any interested individuals or organisations to become friends or join the committee and propose new ideas. We are open to suggestions about all aspects of what we currently do, what we might do better and what we don’t currently do, but should! We do try to connect beyond our Parish boundaries, so why not connect with us and bring your ideas, aspirations, interests and business to Theale Flower Show for its 75th anniversary in 2018. For more information, please contact our Chairman Mr Phil Butterworth on 01934 712775 or pb@

Strawberry Line: Volunteers Needed It’s been a tough year on The Strawberry Line. Despite best-laid plans for Bristol Water’s new pipeline, bats, weather, safety regulations etc. have had other ideas. So work can’t be finished on the Shute Shelve tunnel section until Spring 2018 when the bats have finished hibernating, and the old railway cutting up to Fiveways Bridge in Cheddar will remain too soggy for resurfacing work until then. The brighter side long-term is that completion works from Bristol Water should involve much improved surfacing in Cheddar, and improved lighting and surfacing through Shute Shelve. Bloor Homes have confirmed their S106 agreement to widen and improve surfacing and drainage along the whole narrow section alongside Cheddar sports field and beyond Holwell Lane to the wider section halfway to Axbridge. The Council has always taken an active role in managing and maintaining the line, but are constrained by funding. The work of volunteers is essential, such as provided by a great team based in Winscombe, and by the Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group, and by Sustrans Rangers. We need more volunteers involved throughout the line in whatever way suits them best. See www. or call 07974 969557.


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Weare and District Scouts The Scout Group covers the BS26 area. We have Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and are open to boys and girls aged 6 to 14 years. If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Mike Wilkinson, Group Scout Leader on 01934 713356.



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Winscombe Bowls



Have you ever considered playing bowls? Bowls is a great social game for all, regardless of age, gender or physical ability. So whether you are an experienced bowler or have just been thinking of giving it a try – why not come and join us! We have experienced coaches who will help get you started. All you need is some flat soled shoes or trainers – we’ll supply the bowls. You can be sure of a warm welcome at Winscombe. Our members are a friendly bunch and we have a cosy bar with drinks at very good prices, plus a varied social programme of activities running throughout the year. The club is located on Sandford Road (opposite the Community Centre). Please give one of our coaches a call: Paul on 01934 822240, Sheila on 01934 824600, or Robin and Sarah on 01275 874850.

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