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March 2019

Issue No. 33


Delivered to Wells & ALL villages in BA5


Welcome to LocalReach Community Magazine... Welcome to the February issue of LocalReach Community Magazine for Wells. LocalReach is the ONLY monthly publication that is delivered by ROYAL MAIL to 10,000 homes & businesses to ALL of the postcode area of BA5 and surrounding villages. As a true community magazine, we give 30% of our pages over to the community each month FREE OF CHARGE so they can publicise their events. We help hundreds of local clubs & groups each month who have little income and no budget for marketing. Email us at editor@ For businesses LocalReach is a very cost-effective way to reach your existing customers and new customers alike. You can advertise with us from as little as £3 per week! A massive 95% of our advertisers rebook each month with us which proves LocalReach works! Email us at or call 01749 600388. Calls answered Mon – Fri 8am to 8pm, Sat 8.30am - 6pm, Sun 10 am to 4 pm.

Florence Cox, LocalReach Community Editor. Editorial deadline for the April issue is March 1st

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World Day of Prayer

Karen Melissa Genge at Wells Library

Friday 1st March: Men, women and children of all ages are welcome to join this Day of Prayer, 10.30am. Women of Slovenia, one of the smallest and youngest countries in Europe, have prepared this year’s service and they encourage us to reflect on the barriers they have faced since the end of the Second World War when their country was a part of Yugoslavia. World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. Methodist Church in Southover, Wells BA5 1UG - people will gather to celebrate the service prepared by the women of Slovenia.

Saturday 2nd March: Karen Genge, local author of Red Socks & Pink Knickers : The Third Testament and also the Utopia – Swing Set Series, will be talking and reading extracts from her books. Spaces are limited so reserve your free place now! Ask staff at Wells Library, email: or Tel: 0300 123 2224

Wells City Band Concert Saturday 2nd March: Wells City Band will be holding a concert at the Town Hall at 7.00pm, it is in aid of the Mayor’s two chosen local charities, the St. John Ambulance and The Lawrence Centre.

BEHOLD THE ABS OF MARCH Abdominal muscles need to be exercised appropriately to function fully and protect the spine. Add in dynamic stability of the shoulders and hips/pelvis for a full core work-out to stay safe.

Wells Fountain Poets Monday 4th March: Wells Fountain Poets meet on the first Monday of each month. All welcome, upstairs at The Venue, 42 South Street, Wells BA5 1SL, 7.45pm for 8.00pm. This month the guest will be Clare Blackmore, who  has recently published a book of the complete works of William Catcott, the Baker Bard of Wells. For information ring Ama on 01749 672911 or have a look at  https:// 

West Mendip Walkers Thursday 7th March: West Mendip Walkers moderate circular walk 10miles from Cockercombe Forestry Office. Start 10.00am Park at Forestry Office. Contact Andy Paterson on 01934 741690 or aepat@

Only specific, essential exercises work in a scientific effective way. (Dr Stuart McGill). “Become a Supple Leopard” (Dr Kelly Starrett) and practise the best techniques. Drop into a PilogaFit class to learn the must-do movements and those to avoid ! Get “Fit for Easter” - Start now. Further information John Beasley 01749 672482

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NEW business networking group starting in Glastonbury! Looking for new business and contacts? Wanting to get out of the office? Or just fancy a chat? Following the success of our Wells group we have decided to launch another business networking breakfast that is going to be held at the Bocabar Glastonbury! Each meeting provides plenty of opportunity to meet other local business owners and employees. As well as open networking there’s a 40 seconds introduction round, an informative speaker and three ten-minute 1-2-1 appointments with other attendees. Our events are 50% Business 50% Social – and it works! If you run a local business and would like the chance to be in a room filled with like minded business people, then this could be perfect for you. It’s a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where everyone is welcome to share their business story. Our meeting runs from 8am to 10am. Join us for a delicious breakfast and use the opportunity to get the word out about your business. Meetings are held every fortnight so if you can’t make it to this one there are plenty more to choose from. Please note that the event costs £15 (including VAT) to attend. This is payable in cash on arrival. Meetings will start in March for further details please contact Harvey on 01458 55 55 03 or email

Business networking is THE most cost-effective way to find new customers You’ll get three great opportunities at every 4N meeting to find those new customers, with three 10 min 1-2-1 business appointments. How good is that!

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Fundraiser for Weston Hospicecare

Wells Floral Art

Saturday 9th March: A brand new 10-mile fundraising walk for men will take place in the Weston area in aid of Weston Hospicecare on Saturday 9th March 2019. In what will be an entertaining occasion, groups of friends, dads and lads, sports teams or individuals are encouraged to come together to support the hospice by taking part in the walk before watching England’s penultimate Six Nations fixture against Italy. The event will be part of a packed 2019 schedule designed to celebrate the hospice’s 30th anniversary. The hospice has to raise £4.2million each year with only 20% of that funding coming from the NHS. This means the charity must raise in excess of £3.3million every year through kind-hearted donations, retail business activity and fundraising events.

Tuesday 12th March: A presentation by Tina Parkes titled ‘Botanical sources of inspiration in spring’ on Tuesday 12 March and the practice class is on 26 March; both at St Thomas Church Hall from 2.00pm. Contact Janet Avery on 01934 712809 for more information.

The Cricket Society – West of England Branch Monday 11th March: Mike Brearley, former England captain and President of MCC. All meetings (talks) are held at 2.00pm at Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA (phone 01225 460456). Admission £2 (to include tea and biscuits). Non-members welcome.

Wells Circle Dance Tuesday 12th March: Wells Circle Dance starts at an new earlier time of 7:00pm8:45pm. Methodist Church Hall Southover.  No experience or partner needed. Traditional and choreographed circle dances to a wide range of music.  £4 a session. Contact Rowena on 01749 679300 or

Axbridge District Trefoil Guild Tuesday 12th March: The March meeting is to be an outing to Bristol Blue Glass. Numbers are limited and places are quickly being taken up. For information or to see if there are places available contact Eileen 741255 or Margaret 732080 as soon as possible.

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Henton and District WI

West Mendip Walkers

Wednesday 13th March: A Trip up the Panama Canal with Mike Bolton at 7.30pm in Henton Village Hall. A warm welcome awaits you at our friendly meetings.

Thursday 14th March: West Mendip Walkers easy circular walk 7miles from RSPB Swell Wood Reserve. Start 12.30pm. Park in RSPB car park or in lay-by on A378. Contact Cheryl Evans on 07818 462949 or

Delivering Hope: A talk by Joanna TomKargbo Wednesday 13th January: Joanna Tom-Kargbo, a health worker from Sierra Leone, will be delivering a talk on Wednesday 13th March 4.00-6.00pm at St Thomas’s Church, Wells, BA2 2XG. Organised by Wells Christian Aid in preparation for Christian Aid week 2019 when Sierra Leone is the focus country and where ten women die daily in childbirth. Contact Rowena on 01849 679300 or revrowenafrancis@

Action on Hearing Loss Wednesday 13th March: 5 minute free hearing assessment at Wells Library 9.30am-12.00pm

Somerset Wildlife Trust Saturday 16th March: Pond Creation and Restoration Workshop, 10.00am – 3.30pm. Location TBC. For more information, email Lila.morris@somersetwildlife. org

Author Talk: The great Ming Code Saturday 16th March: In the 14th Century, the Emperor of China conceived the law book, the Great Ming Code. In this illustrated talk, Somerset writer Dr. Justin Newland will discuss how the rule of law reached into every aspect of people’s lives. He is the author of The Old Dragon’s Head, a thriller set during the Ming Dynasty in the shadows of the Great Wall. The talk starts at 11.00am – 12.30pm at Wells Library. The event is free but please register with Library Reception, email, or telephone 0300-123-2224.

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Sleep Easy

West Mendip Walkers

Saturday 16th March: Sleep rough so others don’t have to. YMCA Mendip & South Somerset is calling on its community to come together for one night as part of the national YMCA Sleep Easy Week. Challenge yourself, your family, friends or work colleagues to sleep rough for one night and raise money to help change the lives of vulnerable young people. All the money raised goes directly to local YMCA Mendip & South Somerset projects. YMCA Mendip & South Somerset’s Sleep Easy event will take place at Frome Youth & Community Centre on Saturday 16th March, from 7.00pm until 7.00am the following day. Registration costs £10 per participant (exceptions apply) and participants are then being asked to gain sponsorship and help raise as much money as possible. If you are interested in taking part or wish to make a donation, you can find out more by visiting or by contacting their Fundraising Department on 01749 679553 or

Thursday 21st March: West Mendip Walkers moderate circular walk 11.4miles from Brassknocker. Start 10.00am. Park in car park. Contact David Lindop on 07771 708490 or

St Margaret’s Hospice Fashion Show

Saturday 23rd March: St Margaret’s Hospice is putting on a fashion show using only donated garments and accessories. There will be five scenes featuring #Up to the minute #Vintage #Young at Heart #Upcycled and the grand finale. The models are all volunteers and include male as well as female. On the night we will have a raffle and an auction with unique one off items.  You will be able to purchase the clothes plus many more and there will be stalls selling new goods. Refreshments will be served and a bar available. Please come along and enjoy a great evening whilst raising money for this local worthy cause. 7.30pm  £5, Henton and District Gardening Club tickets available from the St Margaret’s shop in Wells Wednesday 20th March: “Gardens of Stourhead”  and from fundraising on 01935 709485. illustrated talk by Alan Power, Garden and Estate Manager. Henton Village Hall (B3139) 7.30pm  Visitors most welcome - £3 includes refreshments

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Give your old computer a much needed boost! An old saying regarding IT provision went something like this, “Reliable, Fast, Cheap - choose two”. The point of course being that you’d have to spend a lot of dosh to make your system fast and reliable. With the advent of Solid State Disks (SSD) I think this saying is now truly outdated. If your Windows laptop is a few years old, or even new from a budget range, you’ll probably find that the hard drive inside is mechanical. The hard drive is the component in your computer that stores data even when your computer is switched off. For many years mechanical hard drives were widely used in both Apple and PC computers. In most circumstances, the hard drive was the bottleneck; hard drives struggled to keep up with the numerous demands your computer puts on them. More acutely, mechanical hard drives are prone to failure. Some years ago the new SSD technology emerged. SSDs have a much faster read write speed than mechanical disks. Unlike mechanical disks, SSDs have no moving parts and are less prone to failure. Unfortunately, as with all new technology, SSDs came at a high price and only big businesses fitted them in their server computers. Nowadays, SSDs are affordable for most of us. A 120 Gigabyte SSD will set you back less than £50. Once the SSD is fitted in your machine it will feel much faster than when new. Start up times will dramatically speed up, your computer will be quieter and so much quicker in every way. Some of the high end SSDs, only 20% or so more expensive come with a 10 year manufacturers warranty! This will give you how much more reliable than a mechanical disk your new SSD backup - backups are always a good idea; the possibility of significantly reduced when you upgrade your computer with way to inject a new lease of life in nearly all older computers.

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WHAT’S ON Private Tutoring for Primary Children

Buddhist Meditation Group

Hi, I’m Charlotte. As an experienced teacher, I offer specialised tutoring to primary-aged children so they can reach their full potential.

Thursday 28th March: Taking place in Wells Town Hall with former Buddhist monk and experienced meditation teacher, Sam May. Classes are selfcontained and include guided meditation, instruction and discussion, covering all aspects of Buddhist meditation, philosophy and psychology, with particular focus on experiencing the essence of the practice in our daily lives. Beginners welcome. Suggested donation: £5 (non-profit). Enquiries: 07733 154419.

Tutoring can benefit many children (and busy parents!) for many reasons. Maybe they need expert help with spelling, or a bit more time to really understand multiplication which is holding them back. They could be preparing for exams and need to practice with test-style questions without the stress. Perhaps they’re excelling in a subject and want to explore it in more depth. Or, homework has become a real chore that always ends in tears and ruins the weekends! What with constant curriculum changes, it’s easy to see why it’s hard for parents to keep up so that they can provide the right support. That’s where I can help. By knowing exactly what to teach and how to suit different learners and their interests, children go on to succeed, feel confident and enjoy their learning. And if their natural curiosity for learning can be nurtured early on then they’re on the right path for future success. I’m currently offering FREE consultations so head over to to find out more. I look forward to hearing from you! Charlotte Andrews

West Mendip Walkers Thursday 28th March: West Mendip Walkers moderate circular walk 6miles from Bruton. Start 12.30pm. Park at On The Brook, Coombe Farm. Contact Ken Masters Tel: 01749 670349 or 07784 941439 or Would you like to contribute editorial to LocalReach each month? We are always looking for good local community content that our readers would enjoy. Email us at



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Heads Up Charity Event Saturday 30th March: Enosis Events have organised a 1920’s Prohibition Party at Wells Town Hall on Saturday 30th March from 7.00pm until 11.30pm. The evening will include live music, casino tables, vintage cocktails, food platters, a best dressed competition & surprises. Proceeds from the event will go towards Heads Up Mental Health charity. Tickets cost £35pp or £30pp for a table of 10. Please contact sarah@ or phone 07941 506800 for tickets.

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Saturday 30th March: Much missed last year but back for the sixth instalment. 200 singers and a packed house at St Mary’s Wedmore. Tickets go on sale in early March at Wedmore Village Store - they sell out fast. Each choir gets 10 minutes of glory but then have to face the famous “Clapometer” activated completely arbitrarily by your frenzied applause.  This year’s singers include: Wedmore 1st School Academy  Singers and Ukulele Band, Blackford Singers, Hugh Sexey’s Singers, Glastonbury Male Voice Choir, Cheddar 1st  School Choir, Axbridge Singers, The Bluebelles, Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society, Tally-Ho!, Street Men and Cheddar Valley Adult Voices. For information contact David Hopkins 01934 710149 or  dahopkins@aol. com

Elijah’s Fiery Chariot Comes to Town Saturday 30th March: There will be magnificent tempest and earthquake, spiritual battle and the voice of God at Wells Cathedral on 30th March, when Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society presents Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The Oratorio Society will be joined by soloists and orchestra for this,  one of the most important choral works of the nineteenth century in the great tradition of Bach and Handel. Last performed by the Society in Wells in 2006, the audience can once again experience the power, excitement and tension of this epic  musical drama telling the story of the prophet Elijah.  Tickets can be bought online at: Some available  from Wells Cathedral Shop:  Monday to Saturday 10.00am -  5.00pm;  Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm. Call  01749 672773 or email  shop@

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Funeral Services… We at Wells funeral services offer affordable funerals to the population of Mendip and beyond. Since setting up the business in September 2016 we pride ourselves on delivering funerals that people want, establishing our client’s needs, wants and budget is of paramount importance to us as a business. We like to get to know our families and so for us that means a trip to Wells market and to be visible to one and all on a Wednesday from January to November you will find one of or often both of us on our market stall. Reaching out to help with advice and we like to talk about anything and everything, it’s more getting to know you, why sit in an office waiting for the phone to ring, when after all people like to see who they are dealing with and get some good old fashion banter! When selecting a funeral director try to use an independent like me and look at their reviews, either on their own website or on Google reviews. You’re only as good as the last funeral delivered, remember my colleagues have 50 and 25 years’ experience each! Funeral Planning and plans… Funeral plans can be paid for in full, or spread over 1 to 10 years, so a £3,000 funeral with a £250 deposit spread over 10 years costs just £32.08 a month. Working for the coroner… We have been working for the coroner since we started and when there is a sudden death, we get a call from police control and we have to be at the location within one hour, we are just there to take the person into the care of the coroner. We are on call for these 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year; I have a very loyal and professional team here in Wells.

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Mouse Race Charity Night

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Saturday 30th March: The Mouse Race charity night is being organised for the World Challenge at Wells Blue School at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. 8 races, 8 runners and 8 winners! Cash bar and snacks available. £5 entry fee, for tickets or more info please contact Donna on 07814 43393 or Nikki on 07811 434219.

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Vineyard Tots Mondays: At The Vineyard Centre, Unit 2 Keward Mill Trading Estate, Jocelyn Drive BA5 1DA 10am 11.30am during term-time.

Tai Chi For Health Mondays: Tai Chi involves gentle flowing movements to improve strength, posture and balance. It has become an increasing popular form of exercise. Free taster session in Wells Library 11.30-12.15am.

Messy Church Club Tuesdays: This club takes place after school, 3.30pm - 5pm at The Vineyard Centre, Unit 2 Keward Mill Trading Estate, Jocelyn Drive BA5 1DA.

Wednesdays: Wells Folk Dance Club meets every Wednesday from 7.30 to 9.30 in Dinder Village Hall, near Wells. All welcome, whether single or a couple. Mostly English traditional and recent dances. Website

Wednesdays: Members of Wells Methodist Church approached the Wells Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) offering their hall as a venue for a Memory café if we’d like to set one up. They also offered volunteers to serve refreshments each time as well. A memory café provides advice, information and companionship for carers of people with memory problems. Carers will be able to decide whether they want talks from experts on aspects of their caring role or on dementia or on totally unrelated topics. The person they look after will have the opportunity to join in appropriate activities then after a break for refreshments everyone can join in singing familiar songs if they so wish. Anyone wanting more information or who would like to volunteer on a regular basis or just once or twice a year should contact Claire Chettoe on clairechettoe@gmail. com or 01749 676248.

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Why not try our fave desert this month, great for any special occasion! Ingredients 11.5g sachet Hartley’s Raspberry Sugar Free Jelly crystals 100g fresh or defrosted frozen raspberries, plus extra to decorate 12g sachet powdered gelatine 175g pot Müllerlight Cherry yogurt Method Put the jelly crystals in a measuring jug. Add 150ml boiling water & 100ml cold water, stir until dissolved. Allow to cool. Divide the raspberries between 4, individual heartshaped or round ramekins. Divide the jelly mixture over the top, just covering the raspberries. Cover with cling film and freeze for 15-20 minutes, or until just starting to set. Meanwhile, put 100ml boiling water in a measuring jug. Add the gelatine, stir until dissolved and leave to cool. Whisk in the yogurt and divide the mixture between the ramekins on top of the original jelly layer. Chill for 6-8 hours, or until set. When ready, dip the ramekins into warm water for a few sec’s, then turn out onto plates to serve. Enjoy with extra raspberries!

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Foodbank Wednesdays & Saturdays: The foodbank at The Vineyard Centre is open on these days, 10.30am 12.30pm. If you want to donate, there are donation points in Morrisons and Waitrose in Wells or please contact us. If you are in need, obtain a voucher from CAB, the Job Centre, doctor or social worker.

Social Dancing Thursdays & Sundays: Fun social dancing in sets of four couples. Come on your own or as a couple. No booking required. Workout for body and brain. Mainly danced to recorded music, sometimes musicians. Always a Caller. Plenty of refreshments. Takes place at Dinder Village Hall BA5 3PF. Thursdays, 8pm – 10pm, £3. Sundays (only the first Sunday of each month), 11am – 5pm, £6, bring & share lunch. Free taster sessions. For more information email or call 01458 210051.

Shared Reading Group Fridays: Our Shared Reading group is a place to relax, make new friends and share stories with others every week. You can just drop in, sit down and enjoy listening to a great story or poem — there’s no pressure to talk or read. Fridays, 11am – 12.30pm


at Wells Library. Interested? Contact Emma Crago at / 07970 247410.

Morning Service Sundays: Wells Vineyard Church has a morning service at 10.30am – 12.00pm on Sundays every week. We have activities for children and welcome families and all ages for contemporary worship. For further details, look on our website www. or our Facebook page.

Fund for local grassroots groups and businesses launches in Somerset If you are a grassroots community group, grants are now available up to the value of £1,500 from the newly launched Somerset Fund. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), who manages the fund, is encouraging applications from smaller groups that run on less than £50,000 per year. The grants will be ‘unrestricted’, which means they can be used to pay for ongoing running costs, and the deadline to apply is Friday 22 February, 2019. If you run a business and would like to increase the impact of your charitable giving by up to 80% the Somerset Fund may also be of interest to you.

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Do you or a relative need help at home? “Oh I’m not sure I can’t remember” is one of the things we hear almost daily at Hazel Home Care. More and more people are struggling with memory problems than ever before and it’s not just in the elderly. We have clients that are in their 50’s and 60’s that are needing support at home because they might forget appointments or sometimes even forget to make a meal and eat it. They might be physically able and present themselves to the world as perfectly capable, but behind closed doors they could be forgetting to wash themselves or drink enough or keep up with the day to day running of the house. Memory issues or Dementia/Alzheimer’s can be silent conditions that leave people often feeling confused and alone. Its very hard to recognise in yourself and often it gets hidden from family members as clients don’t want to be seen as “losing it” or “going crazy”. We all do it from time to time did I leave the oven on? or what have I come in here for? phrases which I say myself often! But it gets difficult if a person or family member lives alone, and these things can become a safety concern, putting things in the microwave and getting distracted or leaving toast in the toaster for too long, forgetting to feed the cat or feeding him twice! We have a great deal of experience with clients that are struggling with their memory. At Hazel Home care we respect our Client’s independence and help them to keep their dignity when it comes to remembering things. We will not ask you why you can’t remember that conversation we just had and we won’t get annoyed that you have told us that story before. We won’t embarrass you by pointing out that you can’t remember things. We listen, we care and we try to find ways that will help you stay at home and manage tasks with a little help from us, and give peace of mind to those that worry about you.

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Dangerous Corner by J.B. Priestley March 21st to 23rd 7.30pm Strode Theatre, Street Award winning Street Theatre’s 2004 production of J.B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ was the most popular drama ever presented on the Strode stage. We are now delighted to present ‘Dangerous Corner’, the first of Priestley’s suspense dramas to explore the concept of a time shift, which has resulted in the play’s continuing success on stage. It’s 1932 and a group of friends are spending the evening at the well-to-do Caplans’ house. An unexpected and devastating twist in their conversation leads to the incredible truth about a murdered man, ultimately showing them up for the rotters that they are! Directed by Peter Wintle Produced by Charlotte Clarke and Sean Carr This is an amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. Book online: Box office: 01458 442846 Tickets £14.00 (£13.00 concessions)

Bring Cheer and Volunteer in the New Year! Somerset Sight was established in 1919 to support service personnel returning from World War 1 with eye injuries. Our services for people with sight loss continue to be in great demand 100 years later. We match local volunteers with sight impaired people for friendship and company and often help with reading and correspondence. However brave and independent one is substantial sight loss increases feelings of loneliness and isolation, even the simplest things such as reading the post, making a cup of tea or going for a walk are made extremely difficult. If you have a little time to spare to visit someone please contact me, visits can be flexible around your own life, we particularly need volunteers in the Bridgwater, Burnham on Sea, North Petherton and Highbridge areas. You need no particular skills other than a desire to help and an enjoyment of one on one company, many of our 200 volunteer visitors find that visiting very much enhances the quality of their own lives too. As the local Co-ordinator I would match you to a local person and introduce you to them. We then arrange the visits to take place on a fortnightly basis, visits can be easily organised to fit around your own life commitments. Please get in touch with Claire on 01643 842972 or email on We will support you well and reimburse all your reasonable expenses.

Your Spare Room could change someone’s life How do you use your spare Bedroom? A place to store the laundry or an under-used exercise bike? Why not give that room an amazing purpose? A home for a Somerset child. The number of children in care in our county has reached over 500. Could you help them enjoy a brighter future? Brandon and Josh 15 and 13, have been fostered for over seven years now and they can’t thank their foster carers enough: “When we first came to Dave and Paula’s house we were really scared, our lives were all over the place. They gave us love, stability and made us feel safe. They treat us just like their own children. We are in a much better place now and looking forward to the future – Dave and Paula say we can stay as long as we like.” We are a ‘not for profit’ service. We channel our energies into a competitive fee for you, great training and support from our team, plus extra rewards and discounts when you foster with us. For more information call 0800 587 9900, visit www. or come to an information evening: events. 20

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Elbowing pain away We rely on our arms and hands for a massive range of everyday tasks and movement. Often it’s only when a problem occurs – especially around the elbow - that we really notice how hard they normally work. The elbow is an essential lever joint. When it is painful or stiff, it makes using arms and hands problematic – and greatly impacts our life and ability to do so many things. Activities such as opening jars, carrying or holding, gripping a kettle and even having a cup of tea can become bothersome and painful. Problems with the elbow are often associated with repetitive strain injuries. We’re familiar with this term around sustained use of a computer – and perhaps a mobile phone too. But it can also be caused by turning the elbow in a twisting motion or by the effort of using it for prolonged control. This includes carrying a bag or briefcase and, of course, playing tennis or golf, hence the terms tennis elbow and golf elbow. These conditions create areas of tension in the forearms and the inner and outer aspects of the elbow. How can elbow strain be relieved? Massage and acupuncture can help, also wearing a support band that holds the area tight, especially whilst doing activities that may aggravate it. When these treatments cannot help, doctors often use steroid injections or even surgery to cut the tendon and reattach it slightly closer to the forearm. However, a more modern and very effective treatment for elbow strain is Shockwave therapy. This treatment is sometimes available at larger hospitals and is proven to have great success in treating elbow conditions - often in only 3-6 sessions. The Somerset Health Practice, conveniently located at the Glastonbury doctors’ surgery, now offers privately this state of the art Shockwave therapy, which pulses non-invasive waves at the affected area. At the clinic, patients are invited to have a free assessment and are offered the reassurance of personal attention and continuity of care by Matthew Jackson, an expert musculo-skeletal professional. More information: or call 01458 836152/3 – or 01458 860392 for a free assessment

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Workers for Walkers There are many reasons for walking - it’s sometimes just convenient! Walking with a group like Mendip Ramblers it’s also a sociable activity. But, to be able to walk easily and safely the footpaths need to be “fit for purpose”. That’s where Mendip’s Working Party make such a difference. In 2018 these volunteers were out, rain or shine, for 48 weeks. New or repaired stiles and bridges and gates were installed and paths cleared, helping all who walk on those footpaths for whatever reason.

Wells Refugee Action Group WRAG is still collecting donations of winter clothes and equipment at the Wells Town Hall every Friday morning from 10.00am – 11.45 am. Urgently needed for Northern France: Men’s walking boots/trainers sizes 40-43, Men’s warm jackets and waterproof coats and trousers, thermal leggings, vests, jumpers and hoodies, skinny jeans. In small and medium sizes only please. Clothes need to be clean and with plenty of wear in them. Also, sleeping bags and mats, full -sized blankets, tents and tarpaulins. Deliveries are going to France every 2 weeks from RAFT in Taunton, so please do keep those donations coming in. Email for more information

Somerset Wildlife Trust Welcomes Georgia Stokes as New Chief Executive Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive, Georgia Stokes, following Simon Nash’s decision to leave the Trust after 15 years of dedicated service. Georgia will join Somerset Wildlife Trust on the 8 April 2019 from the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, where she has been Chief Executive Officer for the past four years. She is currently also Chair of the Birmingham and Black Country Local Nature Partnership and Chair of the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area partnership of 50 organisations. Georgia Stokes has 10 years’ experience of leading charities and, prior moving into the Wildlife Trust movement, was Managing Director of Northfield Ecocentre in Birmingham – a community-based charity focused on finding practical solutions to climate change – which has since been rebranded as ecobirmingham. She began her career working as a fundraiser and has also been a campaigner at Oxfam. Graeme Mitchell, Chair of Somerset Wildlife Trust, comments, “Georgia is highly regarded within the Wildlife Trust movement and we are delighted that she will bring her energy and vision to ensure 22

that Somerset continues to support a thriving, strong countryside, and towns that deliver a wide range of benefits for both Somerset’s people and wildlife. Georgia grew up in Somerset and, I know, is very much looking forward to returning to the county to lead the Trust at such a crucial time for the conservation sector as a whole, and when our county’s wildlife and the natural environment need us the most. “Under Simon’s leadership, Somerset Wildlife Trust has become recognised as a strong conservation organisation standing up for our county’s wildlife. Few people have been or will be so influential and popular within the conservation community than Simon. We thank him for what he has done and wish him well in his pastures new.” Georgia Stokes added, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to move back to Somerset to lead the Wildlife Trust. The county’s amazing landscapes inspired in me a lifelong love of nature and a strong desire to protect it. It is a real privilege to be able to work with and lead Somerset Wildlife Trust, which under Simon’s leadership, has achieved fantastic improvements to Somerset’s nature reserves and habitats, and provided great enjoyment and benefit to the people who live and work in the county. I am looking forward to getting to know the county again and to working with the staff, volunteers and partners to continue creating thriving wild spaces for people and for wildlife.”

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