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

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It’s been a long time coming, but spring is finally here. And don’t forget the clocks go forward on Sunday 26 March. Roll on those longer, lighter days. It’s also Mothering Sunday on 26 March. If you’re planning on celebrating this special day with a meal out, you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the many lovely restaurants, cafes and pubs right in the heart of the city.

And what of the rest of the month? Once again, it is filled with music, art, nature, fund raising events and educational talks. Whatever your interest, you should find something in the magazine to inspire you. Keep those details coming in, and help me to spread the word for you.

Andrea Cowan, Community Editor for LocalReach, April issue editorial deadline: Wednesday 1st March 2017

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1-31 March. “Traditional Techniques: Tomorrow’s Antiques” - an exhibition will be held at the shop throughout March showcasing an exciting selection of work from several key SGC members. If you’re feeling inspired, there are also a series of workshops taking place during the month.

Saturday 4 March: Jonathan Blackmore's INTRODUCTION TO LINO CUTTING Saturday 11 March: Clare Colby's HAND PAPERMAKING Saturday 18 March: Rachel Reilly MEET THE MAKER Saturday 25 March: JohnCandler INTRODUCTION TO STONE CUTTING Contact Clare, for info and booking forms. Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, 23a, Broad Street, Wells

WELLS NATURAL HISTORY & ARCHAELOGICAL SOCIETY Friday 3 March. The Society will be holding its AGM, followed by a talk from Judeth Saunders on “The Reredos Project St. Cuthbert’s: A Colourful History”. Following the discovery of 420 pieces of broken medieval sculpture in St. Cuthbert’s Church in 1848, a project was launched last summer to investigate the history and composition of the two large reredos from which the sculpture is derived. Volunteers worked alongside experts to produce a photographic catalogue and conservation reports on the exceptional collection. Judeth, the project Co-ordinator, will share some of the project’s findings. 7.30pm at Wells & Mendip Museum.


Friday 3 March. YMCA Mendip’s Sleep Easy will take place at Frome Youth & Community Centre from 8pm - 6am. It is part of a national campaign to help raise awareness of the hundreds of young people who sleep rough every year. Registration costs £10 and participants are being asked to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. If you are interested in taking part in YMCA Mendip’s Sleep Easy event or wish to make a donation to the event, visit or contact Karen Collins on 01749 679553 or



Saturday 4 March. Organised by the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, the morning programme will include a number of speakers talking about current and recent archaeological projects in Somerset. These will include Dr. Richard Brunning on “Beckery Chapel” and Liz Caldwell on Mick Aston’s “Young Archaeologists”. The keynote speaker at the event will be Chris Webster talking about “Taunton Castle”. 10.30am – 4pm at Wells & Mendip Museum. Tickets £15 (includes tea and coffee) and are available on the door or in advance from the Museum. For more information please contact the SANHS office 01823 272429 or

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These were the presenting symptoms of Kim from Wells who made an appointment with Sarah Cox (formerly Kellett) our Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist who has worked in the health industry for more than 15 years. Kim says "I first went to see Sarah after feeling sluggish, run down, tired and constantly bloated, and as I sat in the chair I was hoping there would be some miracle pill to make me shift 10 pounds and to stop feeling so rubbish. A miracle pill there was not, but after an hour with Sarah, it opened my eyes to the world of nutrition and the benefits of eating well and taking the right supplements for your body and the positive effects that this can have. Six months later I haven't looked back, yes I still have the occasional bloating but I'm now really aware of what food and drinks I am putting into my body. I have so much more energy and loving my new healthy lifestyle. Sarah is so knowledgeable and makes you feel completely at ease when discussing personal issues, I can't thank her enough for putting me on the right path." Sarah was able to help Kim by centring on the fact that each person is an individual. “Taking a thorough case history and considering all aspects of a person’s current and past health enables me to look beyond any presenting symptoms or concerns. I aim to unearth the root cause of a client’s health problems and together we devise a nutritional protocol to improve both health and wellbeing. I suggest gradual and realistic changes to my client’s diet and lifestyle, provide meal plans and recipe handouts and high quality supplements are prescribed when required to support changes in diet. Diagnostic testing such as food intolerance, digestive function, hair mineral analysis and hormonal testing is suggested when appropriate as these can be very useful when trying to uncover underlying health issues.” Contact Sarah to see how she can help you on 07788832889, email or visit The Courtyard Natural Therapy Centre was established by Sandra Abrahams 15 years ago in the lovely setting of the cobbled Heritage Courtyard just off Sadler Street in the City of Wells. The idea was to bring together professionally qualified practitioners under one roof to offer the best in complementary health care.

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Sunday 5 March for 5 weeks. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, there will be a series of special Sunday afternoon sermons, beginning during Cathedral Evensong on Sunday 5 March. Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol, will preach on the pre-Reformation imagination - what was it like to worship, believe and pray before the Reformation? Then, at 4.15pm, David will deliver an address on Martin Luther's achievement as a great reformer. There will be a reading from Luther's translation of the Bible, music of the period, and refreshments too. David is a Reformation scholar, and one of the best speakers in the Church of England. The Bishop of Bath and Wells will be present for the occasion. Free to attend. More details available at uk or call 01749 674483.


6 – 10 March. A series of free training sessions and workshops are being held every day this week at the Mendip Hub in Southover and Somerset Skills & Learning in Portway Avenue. Grow with Digital is a new initiative set up in partnership with Enterprise Mendip and local participating Chambers of Commerce. The aim is to offer free support to local businesses to help them maximise opportunities of the digital age. Topics at the workshops and seminars include networking, digital marketing, energy saving, Ecommerce and much more. For more information and to find out which sessions might best suit your business, visit growwithdigital or contact Kelly Knight on 01749 341345 or kelly.knight@


author and lecturer, is a passionate advocate of 20th century British painting and design. His talk to the MDFAS is on the artist and designer Eric Ravilious. Ravilious was only 39 when he died on active service as a war artist in 1942. He was a brilliant wood engraver and designer, but is best known for his haunting watercolours. James' lecture illuminates the life and work of a playful, enigmatic artist in watercolour, wood, engraving, lithography and ceramics. 11am at Bath and West Bar & Restaurant, B&W Show Ground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN. Details at Guests Welcome. Contact 01934 862435


Tuesday 7 March. At this month's meeting Cheddar artist Katrina Atkinson will tell us about her work and lead a mini collage workshop taster session. Katrina's large collages are made from newspapers and magazines, recycled rubbish, layers of images and words and are truly something to be seen. Visitors are most welcome to attend the evening with a ÂŁ3 charge. We look forward to seeing you there. Please bring a mug for tea or coffee. 7.15pm at Wells and Mendip Museum. Further info or find us on Facebook. 6

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Wednesday 8 March. The talk this month is on “Sacred Geometry” by Tom Bree. A very popular speaker, he explores geometric patterns in art and philosophy. 7.30pm at Wells & Mendip Museum. Non members are also very welcome. For more information about this event or the Society contact chris.f.winter@btinternet


Thursday 9 March: Tom Hart Dyke of Lullingstone Castle in Kent is giving a talk entitled “Guerrillas, Guns & Orchids”. In 2000, Tom,visited Central America in search of rare orchids. He set off into the Darien Gap, an area of extreme wilderness between Panama and Columbia, and was captured by FARC guerrillas. He was held captive for nine brutal months, but somehow survived by extraordinary endurance, incredible ingenuity and a lot of luck. Tom kept himself going by creating a design for a garden containing plants from all over the globe, laid out in the shape of a world map according to their continent of origin. Once safely home, he started putting his design into practice, with a very limited budget, within the wall of his family’s home at Lullingstone Castle in Kent. His talk will encompass both his time in captivity and the making of the World Garden, with a few family anecdotes thrown in! 7.30pm at Wells Town Hall. Everyone is welcome, members £3 and visitors £5. For further details Tel. 01749 673 244


Saturday 11 March. Sustainable Wells Food Group and Somerset Waste Partnership invite you to “Kitchen Confidential”, a three-hour session over a cuppa and cake. Join in a guilt-free discussion about the food we waste, why it happens and the helpful habits which can reduce our food bills as well as the cost to the environment. 10am – 1pm at Seager Hall, Wells United Church, Union Street. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. For full details of the event and online booking, please visit KitchenConfidential 8

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Sunday 12 March. Women of Wells (WOW) will be organising the third annual event to celebrate International Women’s Day. Under the title of “Be bold for change”, women working and volunteering in many diverse fields will share their experiences and invite participation in activities which impact on women and on which women have an impact. These include local work on international issues, health and wellbeing, education, politics, the environment, community activities. There will be exhibitions, discussions, workshops, talks, music, art, poetry and storytelling– as well as the now famous Chaps’ Caff! It is open to all and will have something for every age and gender. 11.30am – 4pm at Wells Town Hall. Visit our facebook page for news and to join us:


Sunday 12 March. Are you planning on getting married soon? Visit the stunning surroundings of The Bishop’s Palace and enjoy browsing ideas from some of Somerset’s top wedding suppliers. From cakes to favours and musicians to magic, you’re sure to find the inspiration you’re looking for from experienced professionals who can transform your day into your dream wedding. The Bishop’s Palace wedding team will also be on hand to answer any questions about receptions at the Palace. 11am-3pm, The Bishop’s Palace

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Glastonbury and Wells Cats Protection has recently opened a charity shop at 145, High Street, Street. All profits from the shop will be used to help homeless and needy cats in Glastonbury, Wells, Street, Cheddar, Shepton Mallet and surrounding villages. Trade has been brisk and we urgently need more stock. Clothes are all selling well, especially children's items, also bric a brac, books in good condition, children's toys and complete puzzles. Jayne the shop manager will be delighted to receive donations of any of these items. We are also looking for volunteers to help in the shop. Please go along, take a look and see if you could help in this way. It is a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the shop is bright, spacious and warm. A cuppa and a biscuit are also supplied to the workers!


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Tuesday 14 March. “Spring Has Sprung” is the title of our March floral art demonstration by Beverley Crocket. Beverley is a professional florist from Bridgwater and is a regular visitor to Wells. She brings with her a wealth of experience and inspirational ideas. Following the demonstration club members enjoy tea and biscuits and are able to take a close look at the arrangements and have a chat. In addition, our practice classes which are on the fourth Tuesday of each month will be centred on preparations for our forthcoming flower festival to be held in June. 2.15pm, St Thomas Church Hall, Wells. New members and visitors are always welcome to join us.


Wednesday 15 March. Derry Watkins of Special Plants, Bath, will be giving a talk on “Derelict Hill Farm and Garden – in a Year or Two or Twenty” Tickets £5 from 01749 672084 or at the door. Coffee and Raffle. 7.30pm at Henton Village Hall, BA5 1PD

SILENT AUCTION Saturday 18 March. The Methodist Church in Southover in Wells, BA5 1UG, is holding a Silent Auction of goods, talents and promises on Saturday, March 18th from 10am till 3pm in aid of church funds. Come and have fun and spot a bargain! Coffee, tea and light refreshments available at lunchtime.

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Saturday 18 March. Wells is delighted to welcome the fabulous Caerphilly Male Voice Choir for a special charity concert organised by Wells Lions Club. All proceeds will go to support key local charities that devote their time to helping dementia sufferers and The Lawrence Centre, and also the Wells Dementia Action Alliance. Expect classical Welsh choral numbers like Gwahoddiad, Myfanwy and Land Of My Fathers along with popular numbers including She, Delilah, You’ll Never Walk Alone and American Trilogy. A special raffle has also been organised for the night with some very generous donations. The Swan Hotel is donating a night’s stay in its award-winning Cathedral Suite, with champagne on arrival and breakfast, a prize worth £350. Wells MP James Heappey is offering a tour of the House of Commons with tea, whilst famed international cartoonist Mike Payne is donating a signed print from his latest Little Moo creation. Tickets for the concert are priced at £10 or £15 for reserved seating with a complimentary concert programme. They are available from The Swan Hotel, the Tourist Information Centre in Wells & Mendip Museum, or by phoning 01458 210926 or emailing 7.30pm St Cuthberts Church, Wells

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Saturday 18 March: Fabulous vintage clothes, accessories, jewellery, vinyl records, collectables and homewares from some of the best traders in the locale. 9.30am to 4pm. Wells Town Hall. Entry £1, students 50p, under 16s free. first session is free, then £4 per session thereafter.


Saturday 18 March and Saturday 25 March. To support its Reformation series of seminars the Cathedral will be offering special “Reformation Tours” on Saturday 18 and 25 March. Tours will take place from 11.30am-1.00pm and again from 2.00-3.30pm. Led by Cathedral Librarian, Kevin Spears, and Archivist, Anne Crawford, the tours will give a unique insight into this landmark event in our history and will include a look at Reformation books and documents in our own Cathedral archives. £10 per tour but spaces are limited so please book your place via the Cathedral’s website at No under 16’s and limited access due to stairs.


Sunday 19 March. Are you a keen gardener or horticultural enthusiast? If so, you’ll want to join us for this perfect opportunity to find rare and unusual plants from a selection of top nurseries from all over the South West. The range is chosen so that we can offer the widest possible variety of plants to our visitors, including perennials, shrubs and trees, alpines, bulbs and exotic plants. All of the nursery owners are experts in the plants that they grow and are happy to offer the advice that you need to select and grow the right plants for your garden. 10am-4pm at The Bishop’s Palace. £5 tickets for the fair include entrance to the grounds.


Sunday 19 March. Join in the monthly quiz night to raise funds for the Gorgons Carnival Club. There are teams of four, at £2 per person, with a prize for the winning team, along with a raffle. 7.30pm Britannia Inn, Bath Road, Wells. For anyone interested in joining the club, meetings are held alternative Sundays at the Britannia Inn Wells. Check out or on twitter, @GorgonsCC. 


Tuesday 21 March. Looking, smelling or sounding like another organism or other natural object, is a form of deception practised by a variety of animals, to gain some advantage or protection. In this Somerset Wildlife Trust talk, John Bebbington will explain how for many animals, including insects and spiders, a key problem is how to eat without being eaten. 7pm at Wells & Mendip Museum. For more information please contact Amanda Millar on email SWT members £2.50, non-members £3.00


Tuesday 21 March. In another SWT event, Chris Stevens will give a talk on the wonders of dry stone walling and share his experience and expertise. Chris is a past Chair of the South West branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association. He has carried out historical research on local Mendip walls and has had considerable practical experience of working on them. 7.30pm. Cheddar Catholic Church Hall, Tweentown, Cheddar, BS27 3HU (Off Upper North St by church). £2.50. For more information please contact Ged Keele on email gerard.keele@ or phone 01278 769010

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BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 14 Thursday 23 March. This is the fourteenth in the bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach. Organist and Master of the Choristers, Matthew Owens, will be featuring the Neumeister Chorale Preludes, alongside the ‘free’ organ works and today’s recital will include Fantasia in G major, BWV 571; Pedalexercitium in G minor, BWV 598;Toccata and Fugue in D minor and BWV 565. From 1.05 – 1.45pm. Free admission. Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music. Photo Credit: Gary Ullah


Saturday 25 March. This special event consists of a day of talks on gardens such as Otterhead and Honiton. 10am at Wells & Mendip Museum. Tickets £10, including lunch.


Saturday 25 March. Messier Night: Discover French astronomer, Charles Messier’s deep-sky wonders in a moonless sky. Including an introductory talk. 6pm until late. Charterhouse Observatory, The Charterhouse Centre, Charterhouse-on-Mendip BS40 7XR. For further information visit


Sunday 26 March. Wells Health Centre is holding a free and fun-filled, family-orientated, information-packed Health and Wellbeing Event at Wells Town Hall. Come along and enjoy a tasty hot mug of soup and a chance to win your own brand new slow cooker, or take part in some fun activities and games with ZING, or try out some fitness equipment! Watch some entertaining chefs at work and join in the cooking with FUN KITCHEN – you’ll get to eat and enjoy the delicious results for free! Be inspired to get more out of life by improving your own health & wellbeing; a small change really can make a big difference! Dr Campbell Murdoch, from Wells Health Centre, will also be delivering two talks: one focuses on Managing Diabetes, and the other addresses How to Achieve Your Own Health and Wellbeing. Booking is required for the talks.


Wednesday 29 March. A series of pieces performed by members of the Wells Cathedral School String Ensemble. 1pm at the Bishop’s Palace. This event is included with a ticket into the Palace and Grounds.

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Friday 31 March. The Mendip Society’s AGM will take place at 7pm, followed by a talk on the work at Gully Cave, Ebbor Gorge, by Professor Danielle Schreve. Danielle, a professor at Royal Holloway University of London, has been leading a team excavating a previously unexplored cave in Ebbor Gorge. The Mendip Society has supported the excavation work, along with the Mendip Hills AONB, whose funding ensures that all the discoveries and finds are identified, recorded and documented. Danielle will bring guests up to date with summer 2016’s results and explain their great importance to the world of science. 7pm, Wells & Mendip Museum. Non members are welcome to the AGM and to see Professor Schreve’s presentation. There will be a retiring collection. For more information ring 01275 874284

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Thank you to all of those who supported the January SOUP at the Seager Hall. It saw a full house, enabling the four charities to share the maximum £700 contribution – £350 taken on the door and £350 kindly donated by Old Mill Accountants, RMW Knight Chartered Surveyors and Studley Jewellers. Having pitched to the audience, the charity that received the most votes, and £350, was the YMCA which has recently opened an eight bed hostel for the homeless in Chamberlain Street. Wells Air Cadets, Strawberry Line East and City of Wells Dementia Action Alliance shared the remaining £350 between them, so everyone was a winner on the day. As well as listening to the good work that the charities are doing for Wells, the assembled company enjoyed live music from Cathy Judge and John Francis. Paddy O’Hagan, master of ceremonies at Wells SOUP, said: “We are also most grateful to the Swan Hotel for cooking the soup, Waitrose for the fresh bread, Morrisons for the drinks and Micky’s Flowers of Wells for the floral decorations on the tables.” SOUP is organised by Wells Independents and the next one will take place on 13 May.

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Following the arson attack on the new play area last year, just one week after it opened, repairs are under way. The cost of the replacement play structure has been covered by insurance, but community fund-raising efforts, along with some additional funding, has enabled additional enhancements to the play area to be made. These include: •Resurfacing the whole of the play area •Introducing additional seating and another picnic table •Installing a new infra-red CCTV camera to monitor the play area 24/7 Cllr John North, Chair of the Wells Recreation Ground Trust, said: “Last year’s arson attack was devastating for everyone who had worked so hard to make the play area such a success, but the local community pulled together and showed incredible community spirit and generosity, raising around £10,000.”

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the campaign to make Wells a Dementia Friendly City has received warm praise. They were welcomed to a special event in The Bishop’s Palace chapel by Arnold Wills, chairman of the Wells Dementia Action Alliance. The alliance was formed in June 2015 in order to run the campaign to increase understanding of this cruel and incurable disease as well as support those living with dementia. A successful grant application for £5,000 was made to the Aviva insurance company and further fundraising initiatives followed. All the money raised goes to support local mental health charities, people living with dementia and their carers. “This evening is our way of recognising just what we together have achieved,” said Arnold, “but the work goes on.” Guest of honour was the MP for the Wells constituency, James Heappey, and framed certificates were presented by Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Also present was Wells Mayor Alison Gibson who thanked everyone in the Dementia Action Alliance for what they do. A reception followed in the bishop’s palace with all the costs of the evening funded by local businesses: Pilgrim Financial Planning, Chubb Bulleid, The Laundry, Probusiness, Harris & Harris, Waitrose and Gould & Swayne.

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Rod Major is available and very happy to answer all your questions at Wells Market every Wednesday Come and say hello!

FREE £50 JOHN LEWIS VOUCHER with every ‘FROM50’ plan (£25 voucher for all other plans) *All statistics according to the 2015 Sunlife Cost of Dying Report. £11k by 2020 figure derived from the 92% rise in the cost of a funeral since 2004.

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It’s great to be celebrating our 20th anniversary this year as a company and we would like to say a very big thank you to all our customers from Frome & Wells for their fantastic support. The shop is best known for offering an extensive range of mobility and independent living products for continence management, to arthritic and joint supports, distress alert systems, Cosyfeet wide fitting shoes, wheel chair hire, and much much more. Wellbeing is also important to our customers, so we have introduced a range of natural immune boosting products to help keep colds at bay; a range of organic shower gels and a natural skincare section with 47 different products. In many ways, the shop is similar to the day we opened, but things are always changing so it’s important to keep up with the times. In addition customers can now view and purchase over 700 products on our website, as well as access to a wealth of useful information. We pride ourselves on offering a great value service with free product samples, free viewing of our products in your own home and free delivery. There is no obligation as long as our customers are happy, then so are we!” in-fact most of our business comes from recommendations. Although the original Care Centre shop was opened in 1996, the family business goes back to 1988 when the company started providing domiciliary care services looking after people in their own homes. The shop was a natural extension to this and has given Oakville a personal insight into their customers’ needs to live independently. With the addition of our Wells shop we can now provide our services across Mendip and beyond. “We are passionate about helping people remain as independent as they can whilst in their own home,” added Robbie”. We also provide our services within care homes, sheltered accommodation and day centres, and will provide a mini pop up shop for an afternoon or morning if requested for those less mobile. Isolation is becoming widespread and we endeavour to provide services to help reduce this!

OAKVILLE CARE CENTRE Established in 1996

Mendip’s leading stockist of independence & well-being products Most complete range of continence products in Mendip

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HERITAGE COURTYARD ARTISTS’ STUDIOS AND GALLERY We are a unique facility in the heart of Wells, for artists and art lovers alike, incorporating a light and spacious contemporary art gallery, an educational space and ten artists' studios. Since opening in 2015, we have gained a reputation for our extensive range of high quality work and innovative, contemporary exhibitions of both local and national artists. We also offer regular workshops and classes in drawing and painting for all levels. The gallery is open and welcoming to visitors during exhibitions, and artists are very happy to show you their working studios should you wish to drop in. We will be delighted to assist and provide information about all the artists and craftspeople showing. Coming up in March: 4th – 25th March HANGING BY A THREAD A mixed media and textile exhibition. Five fine artists respond to the title in this thought provoking exhibition. Starting from a point of suspended animation; a delicate position where loss and gain hold equal sway. Become a Friend of Heritage Courtyard Studios and enjoy a great line up of talks, demos, excursions, and socials exclusive to Friends. Visit our website at www. or call Heather Wallaceon 07974 255 016 for more information


Friday 31 March. Each year, BBC Stargazing Live hosted by Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain aims to highlight the wonderful science of astronomy to the general public. To coincide with this year’s TV programme, Wells & Mendip Astronomers are hosting an event organised by Space Detectives at Hugh Sexey's School in Blackford which we hope will be equally inspiring. There is a full evening of activities from 7.30-10pm, including: Space Odyssey Indoor Planetarium; Space Detectives Full Event Workshop for all the family and Virtual Reality Station; Wells and Mendip Astronomers' Event Display; Pete Richardson Astrophotography; Crewkerne and District Astronomical Society Displays and "Ask an Astronomer"; Manned telescopes for public viewing; PTA Supported refreshments; Sowy Astronomers Displays. For further information visit 20

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Complete funerals from only £1,954 Rod Major is available and very happy to answer all of your questions at Wells Market every Wednesday from 11 Jan 2017. Come & say hello!


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Time to enjoy older age at an affordable cost

Abbeyfield House

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Each house has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere where residents enjoy their own private accommodation but also enjoy companionship and support when they need it. Now available: A private one bed flat with separate sitting room overlooking Wells Cathedral. A single ground floor garden room with kitchenette and shower room. • dedicated Housekeepers • home-prepared meals twice a day in our dining room • large well-stocked garden • 24 hour support when you need it • companionship and social activities • fully inclusive fees from £260 per week Call Isobel Panton on 01749 679049 or email for further information 24

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Wells March 2017 LocalReach Issue No 9  
Wells March 2017 LocalReach Issue No 9