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DEC 2017 Issue No. 18

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Welcome to this month’s edition of LocalReach. It’s ‘beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ – and it’s a packed month of festivities, starting with the

reindeer parade along Wells High Street. There are carol concerts, seasonal productions and plenty of charity events to visit.

forget to take time out for yourself: there’s nothing quite like a winter walk, so wrap up warm and head for the hills! You’ll find it all in this issue.

With all the artisan markets scheduled throughout the month, including the return of the popular Wells Christmas Market just before Christmas, this could be the year of buying locally-made gifts. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the array of creative talent on display.

Thanks for all your support this year. And, looking ahead to 2018, keep sending me details of your event, fundraiser, club or society. You can do this by email or via twitter and facebook.

If you need to take a step back from all the festive mayhem, there are some great volunteering opportunities to explore. And don’t

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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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naTiviTy, angeL and sTaRs FesTivaL Friday 1 - sunday 3 december: St Cuthbert’s Church in Wells is hosting this renowned festival. Stars are a new addition this year and many will be made by local children. Nativity sets from around the world will be displayed in a church filled with music, and song. There will be festive refreshments, mulled wine, a raffle a musical village and a chance for parents to photograph their children in Nativity outfits in the stable. Wells miniaturists are creating a display of Christmas Nativities and Activities. An amazing host of heavenly angels will oversee the whole event and entrance is FREE. A catalogue tells the stories of the exhibits. Charities that will benefit this year are St Margaret’s Hospice and Christian Aid Refugee Crisis Appeal.

bRoWne’s gaRden CenTRe ChRisTmas aRTisan maRKeT saturday 2 december: Browne’s Garden Centre in Wells once again hold their Christmas Artisan Market with over 20 local artisans of food, craft and gifts. You’ll find honey, homemade ginger bread houses, wooden boxes and gifts, locally grown seasonal produce, cakes, jams and much more. The coffee shop will be open as usual and there is plenty of space for youngster to enjoy the swings and slide. FREE parking. 10am to 3pm

aLFie’s souP & Pud LunCh saturday 2 december: a Guide Dog fundraiser at Wells Methodist Church, Southover, Wells. Taking place between 12 noon and 2pm there will be lots of Guide Dog merchandise for sale, Christmas gift ideas and a grand tombola. Something for all the family and free to enter. Soup & pud will be served from 12.30 – 1.30pm. All proceeds go to Guide Dogs for the Blind. For further information email Helen at

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The WeLLs RoTaRy ReindeeR PaRade sunday 3 december: The fun starts at 10.50 when the event is officially opened by The Mayor of Wells and the President of Wells Rotary in the Market Place. The Wells Reindeer Parade will start at 12 noon. Santa Claus will be on his sleigh drawn by team of six reindeer and accompanied by the Wells City Band and the Town Crier. The parade progresses down the High Street, through Queen Street and back to the Market Place where the wonderful reindeer will be in stalls for families to enjoy at close quarters. There is music by local bands and choirs, rides and plenty of entertainment. There will be stalls selling festive foods, drinks and seasonal goods and gifts. Programmes are £1 each and are for sale in the Information Centre and the Crown Hotel. The programme contains a draw ticket which can be taken to the new Cathedral Shop. Last year’s parade raised over £2,500 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance by programme sales, public donations and generous support from the local business community.



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WesT aFRiCan dRumming sessions monday 4 december: Come along and play and sing some traditional West African rhythms including dun dun parts (bass drums), accompaniment parts for djembes and possibly some solos. The music is full of energy and will be a great start to your week! All levels of player welcome! 7.30pm in North Wooton Village Hall. £10. On Monday 18 December there will be a joint Christmas sharing of drums and songs (with the Monday singing group) at 8pm at North Wootton Village Hall. More details from Eliza 07887 683856

The aRTs soCieTy mendiP Tuesday 5 december: The Society’s talk for December is ‘Gods and Gardens; The wall paintings of Ancient Rome’ by Dr Angela Smith. Dr Smith studied History of Art at Leicester University and was awarded her doctorate at the Warburg Institute, London. She has taught mature students for the Leicester University Life Long Learning project, as well as leading field trips and lecturing undergraduates 11am at Bath and West Bar & Restaurant, B&W Show Ground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN. Details at Guests Welcome. Contact 01934 862435.


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WeLLs Wi Tuesday 5 december: Our December meeting will be a craft evening lead by Jenny Hodgson, one of our members. We will be making Christmas wreaths. A base of Dogwood or Willow will be provided but please bring greenery, ribbon etc to decorate and scissors or secateurs. Wells & Mendip Museum. 7.30pm. Our first meeting of 2018 will be on Tuesday 9 January. Follow us on Facebook @wellssomersetwi; Twitter @Wells_WI; email

WeLLs FoLK danCe CLub Wednesday 6 & 13 december: Dinder Village Hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. We have a mixed programme of English, squares and contra dances; contra dance is similar to barn dance but with more energy and more moves - and is a lot more fun! We then break for Christmas and re-start on 3rd January 2018. All dances are taught with a walk through before the music starts. You do not need to bring a partner. The annual membership fee is £7.00; the weekly fee is £3.50 for members and £4 for visitors, which includes light refreshment. New members - first evening is free! For further information visit or 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.

if you would like to donate your Winter Fuel Payment and help older people in somerset stay warm, active and better connected through the winter period, please contact somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949 or visit: if you run a local community project and would like to find out more about grant funding, please call somerset Community Foundation on: 01749 344949 or visit:

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Wednesday 6 – saturday 9 december: Wells Cathedral School Senior School present Disney’s Beauty and The Beast at Strode Theatre. Based on the smash hit 1991 Disney movie and dating back to a late18th-century classic French fairy tale, the school’s senior pupils will perform the musical Beauty and the Beast. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Please contact the box office on 01458 442846, Monday - Saturday 10am - 2pm or book online Tickets only £10 for under 16 year olds!

Thursday 7 december: Late night shopping in the heart of the Mendips. Join us at Priddy Village Hall for mulled wine, mince pies and a chance to find unique gifts including local craft and produce, toys, decorations and much much more. From 6-9pm. Entrance £1 under 16s free. Raising funds for Priddy Preschool

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mayoR’s ChaRiTy ChRisTmas FaiR saturday 9 december: A magical Christmas fair in aid of the Mayors charities, Heads Up and the Air Training Corps Wells. Come and join us for an array of festive stalls, fun and Father Christmas. 10am-4pm in Wells Town Hall.

Friday 8 december: City of Wells Lions has organised a night of music at St Thomas’s Church in Wells. Come along and enjoy the sound of the British-American supergroup, the Travelling Wilburys, and their rock icon members including: Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. Tickets are available from and profits go towards supporting Mendip YMCA. Doors open 7.30pm

ChuRChes TogeTheR in The WeLLs aRea saturday 9 december: Churches Together in the Wells Area (CTWA) will be in the Market Place sharing chocolates and the Christmas Message from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Wells City Band will also be there playing favourite carols so we hope you will come and say hello.

handeL’s messiah saturday 9 december: The soaring sounds of the Hallelujah chorus will be ringing out in Wells Cathedral. Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society will once again perform Handel’s ever popular choral work, Messiah, accompanied by Music For Awhile Orchestra on period instruments. The concert has become a hugely popular fixture in the pre-Christmas celebrations of the city and surrounding communities, and is an unmissable seasonal and musical experience. The choir is conducted by Matthew Owens, and the soloists will be Amy Carson (soprano), Louise Innes (mezzo soprano), Paul Phoenix (tenor) and Craig Bissex (bass). 7pm. Tickets from the Cathedral box office on 01749 672 773. More information at:

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saturday 9 december: The Chorus of Disapproval Christmas concert takes place at St Thomas’s Church, Wells at 7.30pm. Wells largest community choir will be performing a wide selection of Christmas songs and carols, along with a variety of other acts including popular local band Twisted Vinyl and the Huish Episcopi Academy jazz band. A highly entertaining evening is guaranteed! Refreshments will include mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets are £7 and £5 (concessions) available on the door. For further details contact Andrew at or on 01749 673375.

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ChRisTmas aT The PaLaCe 9 – 23 december: The Bishop’s Palace will be getting into the Christmas spirit by hosting “Christmas at the Palace”. Decking its halls with Christmas finery, each of the medieval rooms will be decorated with a different Christmassy theme, exploring styles through the ages and bringing the outside in, with seasonal foliage and greenery from the Palace Gardens. Visitors will be greeted by roaring fires, a multitude of twinkling trees and a range of family friendly activities celebrating all the fun of the festive season. The buildings and Gardens will be illuminated with colourful lighting, and a Family Christmas Star Trail will lead visitors through the Palace & Gardens, following the stars, to end at our stunning nativity scene. Inside the Palace, discover the “Vintage Family Come & Play” room, where a variety of games and toys, representing Christmas presents from the last 100 years await you, and the East Gallery will be the location for an exhibition called “Christmas Past/Christmas Present” with memories of years gone by. each weekend, (9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 23rd dec) there will be a whole host of additional events taking place: Father Christmas will be holding court in the Undercroft – there is no additional charge for this, but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance; there will be Christmas music in the Chapel from a range of different local musicians and Scrooge will be reading from A Christmas Carol. Mulled wine, mince pies and children’s drinks will be on sale and there will be special Family Christmas Craft sessions at intervals throughout the weekends. 10am-4pm.

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audiTions FoR aLL budding aCToRs sunday 10 december: Are you a budding actor? Are you a Romeo? Or a Juliet? Always wanted to perform? Fancy giving it a go? We’re looking for actors aged 14 and over to audition for our community Shakespeare project. If you would like to have a go at a leading role, or would rather just be part of the crowd, please get in touch. Email us your photo and tell us why you would like to be involved. Performances will be on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July 2018 during the very first Wells Theatre Festival. The festival is the brainchild of performing arts teacher and theatre specialist Rosalind Johnson. “Our aim is to bring together all the talent that abounds in the Wells and the local area combined with national and international performers in a unique theatre festival which will complement the other wonderful festivals already in place.” To find out more about Wells Theatre Festival you can visit the new website:

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LighT uP a LiFe seRviCe monday 11 december: At this time of year many people’s thoughts will be turning towards the past and memories of someone special. Over the years St Margaret’s Hospice has devoted itself to helping people honour the memories of departed friends and family with a series of uplifting services of remembrance. St Margaret’s is holding their annual Light up a Life service at St Cuthbert’s church. Please come and join us for the service at 6pm which will be a mixture of carols and readings with refreshments served afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there.

mid-someRseT amaTeuR Radio CLub geTs FesTive monday 11 december: this month’s meeting of the Mid-Somerset Amateur Radio Club (Mid-SARC) will include a Christmas buffet and a showing of an excerpt from a TX Factor episode (TX Factor is a series of high definition TV shows covering all aspects of the hobby of amateur radio). 7.45pm at the 1st Shepton Scout Hall Old Wells Road BA4 5XN. See and www. Visitors welcome.

WooKey ChoiRWoRKs in ConCeRT The snoWman monday 11 & Tuesday 12 december: Cedars Hall will be screening Raymond Brigg’s enchanting Oscar-nominated Christmas film with Howard Blake’s score played live by Wells Cathedral School’s star musicians 4.15pm. Tickets: £8. £5 for 12s and under. Box office: 01749 834483 16

Tuesday 12 december: Wookey Choirworks will be performing at Wookey Church along with Wookey School Singing Club and Street Men. It will be a festive night of carols and Christmas songs. 7pm. Free entry (donation to charity).

WeLLs CiTy band saturday 16 december: Wells City Band’s annual Christmas concert is taking place in Wells Town Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 and available from Jane Hill on tel: 01749 675668

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ChRisTmas maRKeT in The PaRK saturday 16 december: Collett Park Café, in Shepton Mallet, will be holding its Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto. All Day BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Stalls, Face Painting and much more at our Stocking Filler Market!! From 10am – 4pm

sing FoR someRseT Rings in The ChRisTmas season saturday 16 december: Somerset Community Foundation is once again inviting members of the public to join them for their annual Sing for Somerset carol service in the magnificent Wells Cathedral. Sing for Somerset features a festive mix of traditional and contemporary music conducted by Laurence Blyth, featuring the Mid-Somerset Orchestra, Somerset Voices choir and organist Matthew Redman. Carol sheets will be provided for all to join in the festivities. Doors open at 6.15pm for a 7pm start. Admission is free. The retiring collection will benefit the work of Somerset Community Foundation. For more information, email: or call 01749 344949.

CaRoLs and ChRisTmas musiC by CandLeLighT Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 december: Carols and Christmas Music by Candlelight with Wells Cathedral Choir, Jeremy Cole [organ] and Matthew Owens [conductor] 7.00pm in Wells Cathedral. Tickets £15.00 - £30.00 - available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office Tel: 01749 672773 and at the door.

WeLLs ChRisTmas maRKeT ReTuRns Wednesday 20 – saturday 23 december: Following the overwhelming success of last year’s pilot market, Mendip District Council in partnership with Wells Town Council, is pleased to announce that a Christmas market will return to Wells this year. Situated in The Market there will be more than 100 traders offering a range of gifts and produce ideal for that special Christmas present. A range of food and drink will also be on offer, including mulled cider and wine, cheese rounds, organic beef, spicy sausages, variety of breads, cakes, Christmas puddings, festive pies and pasties, as well as Indian and Thai food. And if that wasn’t enough to get you in the Christmas mood, there will also be music and carols. FREE parking in Mendip’s car parks in Wells for the duration of the market (time limits will still apply). 9am to 4pm each day.

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WeLLs CaThedRaL ChRisTmas CaRoL seRviCes sunday 3 december: Advent Carol Service The beautiful candlelit Advent Procession “Dawning Light” takes place at 5.00pm. The service will include readings, traditional congregational Advent carols and music for Advent, including the first performance of Stuart Beer’s “Eight Magnificat Anitphons”. All welcome! Friday 22 & saturday 23 december: Carol Service. A traditional carol service led by the world famous Wells Cathedral Choir, plus bible readings. It takes place on both nights from 6-7.30pm and are always extremely popular so please do arrive in good time (to be seated by 5.40pm). sunday 24 december: Wells Cathedral Crib Services A very warm welcome is extended to families and especially to children who are invited to dress as a shepherd, or an angel or a King during Wells Cathedral’s popular crib services! Two services are available (2.00pm and 3.15pm), each lasting 30 minutes. Details of all Cathedral services and opening times over the Christmas period can be found on the website at , call 01749 674483, or visit Facebook at

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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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WeLLs meThodisT ChuRCh The congregation comprise a warm, friendly group of people. Our worship style is varied, led by a Circuit Minister or Local Preacher. Weekly activities include: ‘Clickety Click’ knitting group meet on 1st & 3rd monday mornings. 10am-12noon; The ‘Occasional Singers’ meet on 2nd & 4th Tuesday mornings.9.30-10.30am; Bright Hour on Thursdays, a friendly gathering of ladies (but open to men too!). 2.45 – 4.30pm. Bible Groups meet on various days and times at venues around the City. Everyone welcome! December’s Diary includes: Sunday Morning Services begin at 10.30am followed by refreshments. sunday 3 december: Church Lunch. saturday 9 december: Coffee Morning with miscellaneous Stalls. Friday 15 december: Festive Christmas Music with Matthew Owens at the organ followed by refreshments. In aid of the Organ Repair Fund. sunday 17 december: Carol Service. Christmas day, 25 december: 10.30am is a United Service with members of Wells United Church.

ChRisTmas aT sT CuThbeRT’s ChuRCh There are plenty of services over the Christmas period, presided for the first year by Revd Sam Denyer. Christmas eve, 24 december: 10.00am: Christmas Carol Service with readings, prayers and music followed by refreshments. Everyone welcome. 4.00pm: Crib Service. Come with your children to hear, see and take part in re-telling the Christmas story. (If possible, come dressed as shepherds, kings, angels, animals etc). 11.30pm: Midnight Mass. Christmas day, 25 december: 8.00am: Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer) 10.00am: Parish Eucharist for everyone

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every monday: Come and join us on Monday mornings at Wells Town Hall from 10-11.30am. We sing a mix of songs from around the world in simple harmony. All the songs are taught by ear so there is no need to read music. If you enjoy singing and want to make friends, then come and start the week with this friendly choir. Mums with little ones and older children are also welcome. We have a box of toys and sing songs to suit everyone. There will be a joint Christmas event teaming up with the West African Drumming club on 18 December at 8pm in North Wootton Village Hall.

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adults’ events: Shared Reading Group on alternate Fridays 11am – 12.30pm. Come and join our free Shared Reading Group. Listen to some great stories and poems read aloud by a trained facilitator and join in our conversations about them. All reading materials are provided free of charge. Contact for further information. Children’s events: Knitting Classes for Children. This fun class takes place on the 3rd Saturday of the month (Saturday 16 December) and is suitable for ages 8-12 years old. 11am - 1pm. To book your place tel: 0300 123 2224 or email:

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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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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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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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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: 01749 600 858

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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 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: savingsomersetsbats. you can also make a donation by phone on 01823 652 429

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WeLLs souP! eveRyone’s a WinneR Money is tight for charities but four good causes came away with cheques at the last Wells SOUP fundraising event. Wells City Carnival, Wells Macular Group, Wells Home Library Service and Wells Bipolar Support Group took turns to explain what they do to the 70-strong audience who then voted for their winning charity. Wells Bipolar Support Group gained most votes and left with £350, whilst the remaining £350 raised through the lunch event was shared equally between the other three charities. This is a real community event. Simon Lawder, master of ceremonies at the SOUP, thanked Burns the Bread for sponsoring the event and providing the bread rolls. Sante, in Wells High Street, donated the wine and the Wells Blue School catering students made the delicious choice of soups from ingredients given by Waitrose. The next Wells SOUP will take place on Saturday, January 13 at Seager Hall.

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 washing-up, 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

WeLLs Tea ToWeLs If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas stocking filler don’t forget the Wells tea towel, featuring a signed design by the local artist, Chris Lee. They have been produced by Wells Chamber of Commerce and all profits will go back into the city. You’ll find them for sale at Queen Street Deli, Wells Museum and The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen. 26

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someRseT guiLd oF CRaFTsmen Tucked away off Broad Street (32a...behind Pickwicks cafe) is the home and gallery of the Guild, established in 1933 and representing the finest of Somerset crafts. If you are a budding maker you may like to consider joining the Guild. Or if you are simply looking for a special Christmas gift - individual, local and handmade - why not pay them a visit. In person is best but also take a look at their website: Right now there is a focus on glass with a lovely display of work by local makers...and much more besides.

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 trying one of their many exercise and activity sessions which they run all across the county. The sessions are all listed in the new editions of their Ageing Well and Staying Steady booklets which cover Somerset and North Somerset. 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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