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Office move is a big hit

THE decision by Bartlett, Gooding and Weelen solicitors to relocate to new, purpose-built offices in the centre of Cheddar has been welcomed by staff and clients alike. The move, from Church Street to Bath Street Chambers (next to the Post Office) was completed in August and the new location offers the firm a much more visible presence in the village, along with plenty of parking close by. The offices were, in fact, the former flat for the village postmaster working below. Gareth Reynolds, the BGW director in charge of the Cheddar office, said: “The opportunity arose to move to more modern premises and we are now more visible and there is more footfall in the area.” The office offers plenty of room for Gareth, licensed conveyancers Vicky Hoskins and Natalie Barker, secretaries Sarah Millard and Kelly Charles and secretary/receptionist Katie Ellis. The team has been joined recently by trainee solicitor Joe Barrow. Gareth, a solicitor in Cheddar since

Gareth (back, second right) with some of the team at their new offices in Cheddar

1983, said regular and new clients appreciated the new location as did the team: “There is a very good ambience here. We have received very good feedback from our clients and the team is incredibly happy to be working in a modern environment.” The Cheddar office is one of four operated by BGW with the others in

our services include: Commercial and residential Property Wills and Probate litigation and Personal injury Criminal and family law agricultural, business and Commercial employment shepton mallet: 57 high street, shepton mallet, somerset, ba4 5aQ. tel: 01749 330330

Glastonbury: 11 Chilkwell street, Glastonbury, somerset, ba6 8dl. tel: 01458 832510

Shepton Mallet, Glastonbury and Castle Cary. They were formed almost 20 years ago as a result of a merger between Bartlett and Co (established in Shepton Mallet in 1958), Austin and Bath (established in Glastonbury in the 19th century and owned at the time by Nick Gooding) and Robin Weelen and Co (established in Castle Cary in 1978).

We appreciate that all Mendip Times readers will have eagerly turned to this page to find out which team won the BGW Quiz! Sorry to disappoint, but the date had to be put back by a couple of weeks and it will not take place until after this edition has gone to print. We will let you know next month! This month we are revisiting a familiar theme which is the preparation of Wills. We speak to so many people who tell us that they really must make a Will and will be in touch after they have moved house, retired, completed the charity bungee jump that they are organising etc. etc. …the list is endless. Many people don’t make a Will because they believe that they have many years left before they need to think about it. Hopefully, that will be true and, in most cases it is, but none of us ever really knows how much longer we have. One shocking statistic is that 73% of 16-54 year-olds don’t have a Will. Apparently, the majority of these are men (who on average die younger!). The intestacy rules (which apply if you die without making a Will) may not always achieve the desired result and could fuel dispute or even litigation. Failing to amend a Will which is out of date can be worse than having no Will at all. Wills are relatively inexpensive. If you have not made one or think that you may need to change your Will please contact any of our offices for advice. Castle Cary: old bank house, high street, Castle Cary, somerset, ba7 7aW. tel: 01963 350888

Cheddar: bath street Chambers, bath street, Cheddar, somerset, bs27 3aa. tel: 01934 745400

Website: www.bgw-solicitors.co.uk MENDIP TIMES • NOVEMBER 2017 • PAGE 49

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Issue 6 - Volume 13 - Mendip Times  

Celebrating life on the Mendips and surrounding areas

Issue 6 - Volume 13 - Mendip Times  

Celebrating life on the Mendips and surrounding areas