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Lit Fest launch in style
(l:r) Sue Rye, from the festival’s education group, John Cryer, past chairman, Louise Lappin-Cook, from Plays in the Playground, and Richard Manning, chairman
THE 25th anniversary of the Wells Festival of Literature was launched in style in a marquee in the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace. The marquee was the main venue for the eight-day festival which featured The festival launch in the speakers ranging Chubb Bulleid marquee from politician Nick Clegg to chef Rowley Leigh. And the festival launched a new event for lesser-known local writers and performers: Write Up, Speak Up!
Road safety concerns raised at meeting
WELLS MP James Heappey has continued his support for Meare and Westhay residents in their ongoing campaign for better road safety in their villages by organising and chairing a public meeting at Meare Primary School. It follows concerns raised by an application – since withdrawn – by South West Wood Products to change its environmental permit. The company specialises in the shredding of redundant pallets and other waste wood into wood fibre. Nearly 150 residents attended; also in attendance were representatives from the council, Natural England, the RSPB and local businesses.The MP said: “This was a great chance for people to understand more about this issue, but also for the Environment Agency and Somerset County Council to hear just how strong the opinions are of residents of the village.” He added: “Many constituents have contacted me about this important issue and their anger is very clear. Much of the meeting was dominated by concern over the licensing and planning processes connected to South West Wood Products (SWWP), but also real concerns were raised about other aspects of road safety in the village. “I will continue to work with the Environment Agency and the County Council to ensure residents’ voices are heard in these processes. I will also work with SWWP in the hope we can find a solution which works for them as a business and works for residents.”
Memorial to Acker
Pictured (l to r back row) George Tyler, who made the bench, Publow parish council chairwoman Janette Stephenson and Pensford, Publow and Stantons Community Trust member Sue Osborne, front row Cllr Tim Warren and Pensford, Publow and Stantons Community Trust member Andrew Hillman.
A BENCH in memory of one of Somerset's favourite musicians, Acker Bilk, has been unveiled in his home village, Pensford. It stands in pride of place by Pensford lock-up and sports a plaque showing a bowler hat and clarinet. In a moving ceremony, the seat was unveiled by local ward councillor, Paul May, and B&NES leader Cllr Tim Warren, after which composer and musician Jolyon Laycock of Woollard played Acker's Stranger on the Shore. After the ceremony everyone retired to the Rising Sun where they could stop and share their memories of the great musician, who sadly died in November 2014. The granite bench was designed and made by local craftsman and stone mason, George Tyler, and was funded through donations from Pensford, Publow and the Stantons Community Trust, Publow and Pensford Parish Council, the Pensford Music Festival, Pensford Miners Welfare and also John Tyler. George said: “I feel privileged to have been commissioned for this special piece of work. It was a great honour.”
Members of Pensford Music Festival committee (l to r back row) Alan Ford, Simon King, Mike Daniels and Dave Parnell, front row Jane Clouting, Paul Hunt and Guilly Jones.
MENDIP TIMES • NOVEMBER 2017 • PAGE 69
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