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YOUR FREE LOCAL NEWS MAGAZINE

ISSUE 18 FEBRUARY 2018 FREE

Valley Life At the heart of the Cheddar Valley

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Here we go

again

News, views, features and events from around Cheddar, Wedmore and Axbridge


Inside this issue

welcome . . . Petruth Paddocks team win yet another accolade – Page 4

Travel consultants are keepi ng it in the family – Page 7

Bob receives award for 40 years of commitment – Pages 12-13

All the latest news from Cheddar FC’s season – Page 14

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Welcome to the eighteenth issue of Valley Life and we hope you are continuing to enjoy our offering of news, views and features from the Cheddar Valley. It seems that some stories just won’t go away and again we are facing a battle to keep Cheddar Library. It was only seven years ago that campaigners fought to keep the service alive and again it is under threat. The phrase ‘use it or lose it’ has never been so true. The library needs our support both in terms of using its facilities and in making sure Somerset County Council are aware of how precious it is to the community.

This month, we are also honouring retained firefighter Bob Salway who has given 40 years of service to the community. His commitment to making sure that we are all safe should the worse happen is commendable and it was only right that the Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Devon and Somerset was on hand to give Bob a fond send off at his last parade just before Christmas at Cheddar Fire Station. And Bob should be a front-runner when it comes to the annual Cheddar Parish Council community awards later in the year - there can’t be many more deserving cases.

Rob Perkins, Editor

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NEWS

Your chance to help to save Cheddar’s library

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illagers are being urged to have their say to make sure that a library continues in Cheddar. Just seven years after villagers fought a successful campaign to keep the library open, the service is again under threat from cutbacks by Somerset County Council. In 2011, campaigners managed to persuade county councillors that the service was worth keeping because of the number of people who used the library. But now a consultation on the future of how the county council library services could be delivered across Somerset is due to start at the end of this month. A formal decision was taken on January 19 to consult on a set of proposals that seek to put the service on a sustainable footing for the long-term. The decision sets out that a public consultation will start on January 29 and run for 12 weeks (ending April 22) and invites members of the public, businesses and organisations for their views. Somerset County Council currently provides a library service online through LibrariesWest, a mobile library, a home delivery service for customers unable to visit a library for

themselves and through 34 library buildings in major towns and villages. As with many Authorities, Somerset County Council continues to face challenging financial times. Funds from central government reduce year on year whilst demand for services, such as adult and children’s social care, increase and all County Council services are considering efficiency and cost reduction options. In summary, under the proposals, 15 of our 34 library buildings would be seeking community involvement to remain open. Where this is not possible, services would instead be provided either through outreach in

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community venues or through additional mobile library stops. For seven libraries, the County Council is consulting on two alternative options – either to seek community involvement to maintain library buildings or to keep existing library services as they currently are. Cheddar Library is included in this alternative option. There are Somerset library service proposals for 9 areas. Anyone taking part in the consultation will be asked to view the area of the library they visit most often before completing a questionnaire asking for their views on the proposals. The proposals and questionnaire will be available online from January 29 at www. somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation

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NEWS

Petruth Paddocks picks up yet another accolade

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or the fourth time in 18 months Cheddar’s Petruth Paddocks has picked up another award.

recognises that we are making a massive award to the economy of Somerset in general and Cheddar in particular.

The campsite beat the likes of Butlin’s and Glastonbury Abbey to win a prestigious award for leisure and tourism – despite continued threats to their business because of an on-going dispute with Sedgemoor District Council and the Environment Agency.

“We welcomed more than 16,000 visitors last year and this is our fourth award in the last 18 months. People enjoy coming to Petruth Paddocks and we enjoy having them here.

But they have been assured that they can open for business for the 2018 season which has been welcomed not only by the owners Jules Sayer and his family but also by the thousands of campers who have used the site over the past 15 years. Jules said: “The latest award 4

“We will be opening for the 2018 season and look forward to bringing in even more visitors to the Cheddar area as well as adding to the local economy.” Jules and his legal team have just submitted a revised planning application based on their consultant’s exhaustive year-long flood risk assessment

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of the site. In the meantime, the Planning Inspectorate has agreed to postpone the public inquiry subject to a review in April in the hope that all sides can reach agreement Jules added: “Our motivation all along is to see young people running around fields, making new friends – like we used to in the good old days! “We just want to provide employment for all ages but especially young people where they feel valued and part of a great team. “And finally, we want Cheddar to flourish and regain its standing as a top-10 UK holiday destination.”

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With glowing endorsements from Led Zep biographer Dave Lewis – “a refreshing no nonsense approach . . . this band delivers every time.” Think you know tribute bands? Think again. Tickets: Standard £18/ Concession £16

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Cheddar travel agents keeping it in the family

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mother and daughter have joined forces to bring an independent travel consultancy to Cheddar. Clare Denny, right, and Poppy Denny-Higgins are firm believers in offering clients a bespoke travel service based in the village.

fill that void. We are bespoke travel consultants who will be able to satisfy the travel needs of clients no matter how unusual. So, whether it’s an underwater safari, elegant cruise or biking across the United States we’ll be able to fulfil their wishes.

Not Just Travel – Barefoot & Beyond – opened for business at the end of last year in a unit on Queens Row in Cliff Street.

“And if it is something we can’t we are part of a major network of travel consultants and one of them will have the answer.”

Clare, who is an experienced travel consultant, said: “It’s wrong that a place like Cheddar doesn’t have its own travel consultancy and we are here to

Daughter Poppy added: “We are here to guide clients on their next adventure and so if you are going solo or filling the plane, we have more than 400

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suppliers at our fingertips so that we can put the personal back into your journey. “More and more people are now shying away from the traditional week or two-week long holiday and opting for something different. “They want different experiences that the mainstream travel agents just can’t offer and that’s where we come in. We have all the same safeguards as the traditional travel agencies but at much lower cost. So if you are wanting something different just pop into the office and let us see what we can do.”

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Later living Tony Watts OBE looks at the issues as we grow older

Positive news for all living with dementia

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new, weekly “Friendship Café” in Cheddar is one of a host of activities available to improve the lives of those living with dementia and their carers.

available – mostly co-ordinated through the small army of brilliant volunteers working for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Understandably, dementia is the UK’s most feared health condition – explaining why over half of those with early signs delay getting a diagnosis by up to a year. It’s a condition that can be ameliorated and even delayed, but not yet cured, and we all know someone whose life has been changed forever. Around 850,000 in the UK live with different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common, and numbers continue to grow as we age as a society. It also attracts regular headlines, fuelling concerns. But quietly in the background - in village and church halls, libraries and community centres around the country - there’s far more positive news. Recently I spent a hugely enjoyable few hours in Cheddar 8

Library, one of a half dozen or so people playing a highly competitive game of Scrabble, eating some rather delicious toffee cake and chatting – in a very matter of fact way about the condition that was changing their lives… but not stopping it from happening. The “Friendship” group, organised by the local Baptist church, is just one of a host of activities available locally to support those living with the condition as well as their carers. It’s an opportunity to get out and socialise, engage the grey matter and also learn what other forms of support are

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Axbridge, for instance, has a fortnightly “Singing for the Brain” session – an approach proven to have hugely beneficial effects. A similar one is run on alternate Thursdays in Wells. “Music in Mind” is another relaxed and friendly group held fortnightly in Wedmore. Once someone has a diagnosis of dementia, call the local Alzheimer’s Society team and they’ll spring into action, making a home visit to provide information and advice, design a practical and emotional support programme around an individual’s needs and signpost them towards all the other forms of assistance available. If you, or someone you know is living with dementia or is a carer, call 01458 251 541, and their website is www.dementiasomerset.org, while www. alzheimers.org.uk is stacked with fact sheets.

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Later Life financial advice from Congresbury-based Centurion

ave Robinson, Anne Hills and Sean McCabe of Centurion Chartered Financial Planners are accredited by the Society of Later Life Advisers and specialise in advising people as they age. We will be writing a series of short articles over the coming months, highlighting some of the financial issues people face through retirement and into later life. We are constrained on space but we will do our best! As well as planning for lifetime concerns, we will also consider looking after your loved ones after your death. One key point straightaway is what happens if you lose the capacity to deal with your own affairs?  If you haven’t appointed an Attorney to act on your behalf, financial planning has to stop until the Court appoints someone to act on your behalf. Disruption is inevitable, costs are likely to increase. We recommend you take legal advice and arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney.  In future months, we will help you consider these questions:Are you maximising your income?  Are there State

Benefits, such as Attendance Allowance or Pension Credit, that you are entitled to but that you are not claiming? Are you drawing down on your pension benefits in the best way and taking full advantage of ‘pension freedoms’? Are you taking the ‘right’ amount of risk with your investments?  What return do you need? How risky are your investments?  How would they react in a market downturn? What are the effects of Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax on your savings and investments? How would you want to be

cared for, if the need arises? Would you prefer to receive care in your own home or a residential setting?  Do you know what the state will subsidise? How will you fund the costs, if you need to? Are you in your forever home, or will you downsize in the future?  Would adaptations make it possible for you to live there for the rest of your life?  What is Equity Release?   Who would you like to benefit from any inheritance you might leave? • Next month we will explore drawing up a budget and maintaining liquidity with your savings and investments.

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FEATURE

Bob’s commitment to the

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s a teenager, Cheddar’s Bob Salway always knew he wanted to be a fireman – now more than 45 years later he has retired from the service he has loved. While still at school Bob undertake work at Cheddar Fire Station as part of his Duke of Edinbugh award scheme and from that time on he was hooked. But he had to wait another five years before joining as a retained fire fighter in the village fire station that has become a second home for the 59-year-old. Bob said: “The sheer excitement was what first attracted me to the job but over the years it has been the camaraderie with my fellow fire fighters and just the enjoyment of serving a community which has been the most rewarding.” But his career didn’t get off to the most auspicious starts with Bob finding it difficult at first to handle the fire tender. He said: “I have to admit that there were a couple of incidents at the start of my career but after 40 years I think I’ve got to grips with all the machinery.” Bob’s career began in 1977 and he can instantly recall his very first “shout” as a retained fire fighter in Cheddar. He added: “You never forget

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your first shout and mine was on New Year’s Eve and it was a car fire on the top of the Mendips. “I can still remember my excitement on the way to the incident and that adrenalin rush never really leaves you because you never really know what’s going to confront you.” And Bob admits that he and his fellow firefighters have had to deal with some tragic incidents over the years but the training as well as post incident counselling helps him to deal with these tragedies. While a retained fireman, Bob has also had a successful career as an engineer for Westland Helicopters in Weston before retiring and working locally at

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Yeo Valley and now at Sainsbury’s. He said: “You couldn’t be a retained fireman without the co-operation of your employer because when you are booked on to work you need to be able to leave at a moment’s notice.” But it is not only the employer who needs to be understanding, Bob admits he couldn’t have lasted so long in the force without the support of his wife Nadine and his two children Matthew and Kate. He added: “You really do need your family to be fully behind you because they really do sacrifice a lot. I remember days when I’d promised to take the kids to the beach but that had to be postponed because I’d get

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e community a real credit

a call. Without the commitment of the whole family I certainly wouldn’t have been able to put in 40 years – they deserve a lot of the credit.” Just before Christmas Bob took charge of his final parade at Cheddar Fire Station and was given a special send off by fellow firefighters as well two guests of honour. Devon and Somerset’s Assistant Chief Officer Peter Bond and group manager Marc House were on hand to give Bob a special certificate to mark his 40 years’ commitment to the community. Assistant Chief Officer Bond said: “Bob’s commitment to the service is a credit to him and his family. He has been a faith-

ful and loyal servant over 40 years and it’s a milestone which has not gone unnoticed. “We are very proud of his achievement and while we wish him a long and happy retirement, I know that Bob will not be a complete stranger to Cheddar Fire and Rescue as he has indicated he wants to continue as a co-responder.” After the presentation, Bob said he would encourage anyone to join as a retained firefighter, but warned potential recruits that it doesn’t come without its challenges. He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the service and met some great people and if you’re committed and want to serve your community this

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is the place to be. There is a great training programme and you will be well supported by Devon Fire and Rescue.” Bob will now be taking an extended holiday to visit his daughter Kate who works in the wine industry in Australia. He said: “I think I need to give my wife a good holiday for all the support she has shown me so we’ll be going out to visit Kate in South Australia and raising a glass or two of wine to retirement. “But when I return I’ll be jumping right back into it again as I’ve agreed to carry on as a first responder, so they won’t be seeing the back of me just yet.”

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COLUMN

MONEY MATTERS

with Mark Meldon Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust celebrates its 150th anniversary in March and it is amazing that such a venerable pooled investment is still providing excellent returns for investors, especially over the long term.

Weather hits the Christmas cheer at Bowdens Park

In 1868 there were 50,000 horses on the streets of London, creating a 900-ton pollution problem every day. The telephone, car, wireless communication. The opening of the London Underground, in 1863, had been greatly heralded, until it was realised that steam locomotives running in tunnels are a bad idea because there was a real danger of choking to death between stations. In 1869, Cheddar railway station was opened only to be closed to passengers in 1963 just 94 years later. It wasn’t until 1937 that Cheddar reservoir was first filled, and Cheddar Man was first excavated in 1903. Foreign & Colonial has survived wars, economic booms and busts, multiple governments and Budgets, but still offers savers of modest means a great way of obtaining exposure to diverse financial assets for a cost of just 0.79% per annum. F&C now has over £3.5bn in funds under management which is a huge amount. These ancient investment trusts, like F&C, are great ways to save and there are lots of them – see www.theaic.co.uk for more about their fascinating history. Who says newest is best?

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he weather has been so atrocious that Cheddar have played just one Toolstation Western League game at their Bowdens Park home since the first Saturday in December, writes Alan Cooper. And such has been the disruption, including four consecutive festive-tide postponements that the Cheesemen have since played just three games, losing two away games (to Welton Rovers 2-3, and Roman Glass St George 2-4) and drawing at home to Radstock Town in a thrilling 3-3 draw,. That game saw Cheddar claw back a point in the final two minutes, thanks to a stunning Craig Mawford goal, above.

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Cheddar are now in seventh position and in some cases having five games in hand on their opponents and the forthcoming month is likely to be an extremely testing time with at least seven games, three of which are midweek affairs. Off the field, the club have announced special plans for their 125th anniversary weekend which they are to hold from May 18-20, including a Sportsman’s Evening with the former Arsenal star Ray Parlour. Forthcoming fixtures Ashton & Backwell (H) - Feb 3 Bishop Sutton (A) - Feb 6 Chip’ham Park (H) - Feb 10 Portishead Tn (A) - Feb 17 Sherborne Tn (H) - Feb 20 Keynsham Tn (A) - Feb 24 Devizes Tn (A) - Feb 27

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Back Issues Doctor of Chiropractic Matt Sutton helps to keep you on the move

Controlling your health

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his is the first instalment of many on chiropractic, and how to take control of your health through natural scientific methods

your body is controlled by your brain and your spinal cord (your nervous system).

Each month I will be helping readers of Valley Life improve their health, by navigating the pitfalls of adopting a healthier lifestyle.

The spine protects your nervous system and provides physical support to your body to make sure you can move and stay upright. Think of the spine as the chassis on a car, everything is connected to it and relies on it doing its job.

This month many of you may be starting some new year’s resolutions, or even continuing some from previous years.

Now wire your electrics through it (your nervous system) and you start to see the importance of a healthy spine.

I would like to share with you some simple ideas that will help maintain these resolutions, along with a new approach to your health and wellbeing. If you’ve ever read any health news, it can be quite confusing. It can often be a mass of contradicting information that changes from one month to the next. This makes keeping true to your goals very difficult and overly complex. The key with most successful long term change is to keep it simple and easy to implement.

With this in mind here are four pillars of health: • A proper functioning nervous system (a healthy spine) • Physical expression (exercise and movement) • Proper fuel (good nutritious food) • Relaxation time (mindfulness training or ‘you time’) Now some of this may seem very familiar, but one part may not, a properly functioning nervous system. What this means is simple; everything that happens in

The spine is the gateway for how well the nervous system in your body works. This may seem like a new idea, and in some ways it is, however even Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) and Socrates had it right back in 469 BC when they said: “If you would seek health, look first to the spine.” So if you’re looking to make 2018 the year you take control of your health and make lasting changes in your life; look first to your spine and health will follow.

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Healthy Eating Nutritional therapist Linda Thomas with some food advice

Why veg is still the best

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e are often told to eat more vegetables but why is that?

But how to achieve this? • Add a small salad to your main meal – nothing complicated, a few leaves plus tomato and grated carrot is fine.

For starters, they are high in fibre which contributes to healthy bowel movements and reduction of constipation or diarrhoea, which can be painful or distressing. Or both!

• Have at least three different coloured vegetables with your main meal. • Snack on veggie sticks with dips such as hummus rather than crisps or biscuits.

Fibre also affects the balance of gut bacteria, which research shows is linked to healthy immune systems, positive mood and even better sleep quality. Secondly, vegetables are high in a wide range of vital vitamins and minerals. And the better the soil they are grown in, the more this is improved. Vegetables also contain vital phytonutrients, such as flavonoids, carotenoids and resveratrol which are not found in animal products. These are linked to avoidance of conditions such as Alzheimers, cancer and stroke All healthy diets include high levels of vegetables, even if they exclude some other food groups, (e.g. vegan, paleo or gluten-free diets). High consumption of plant based foods,

• Choose hearty vegetable soups for lunch. including vegetables, beans and nuts, is closely linked to prevention of disease such as heart disease and diabetes. Although the government recommendation is “5 a day”, the more variety we have the better, so aim high and consider building up to eating 5-7 portions of vegetables plus two fruits per day! And, since different vegetables have different nutrients, maybe create a chart and aim for 15-20 types over the whole week. Different colours count as separate choices e.g. red and green peppers.

• Add root vegetables to stews and casseroles. • Roast some veggies when the oven is on – carrots, peppers, onion, sweet potato and beetroot are all very tasty cooked this way. Eat them with dinner or add to leftover rice or pasta for lunch the next day. • Have veg at breakfast. Eggs with some tomato and mushroom or spinach is a great start to the day. • Or try Veggie smoothies. Adding ground flax seed, some almonds or half an avocado will help you feel fuller thanks to the healthy fats they contain.

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Green matters Green-fingered tips from garden designer Robin Pargeter

Winter pruning is a must

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he prospect of pruning seems to intimidate many gardeners, fearing that their attempts to care for their plants will only, in fact, kill them. But now in the depths of winter with many plants still in a state of dormancy, it’s the time to be brave, pick up the secateurs and have a go.  Although not all plants require pruning and will grow successfully anyway, there are many that do benefit from having their growth carefully restricted. Of the plants commonly found in our gardens, apples and pears, roses, and wisteria are the obvious ones for winter pruning, although pretty much any deciduous shrub or tree can be pruned now without any risk of harm. There are a number of reasons for pruning: to stimulate flowering in spring, to inhibit the spread of disease, to limit the size and maintain the desired shape of a plant. The only tools you will need for most pruning are a sharp and clean pair of secateurs but if you’re

dealing with something large, a pruning saw or pair of loppers is best. For dealing with thorny roses, a thick pair of gloves is an essential.

boldness is called for here, as removing merely a few twigs is rarely enough.

Start off by cutting out damaged or diseased stems, and then take out any stems that are rubbing against each other and crowding the plant. It is worth taking a step back and looking at the plant as a whole, before deciding which stems to remove to maintain the shape that you require.

Once the shape is achieved, cut back the remaining longer stems by two thirds. Particularly with wisteria, this reduction in flowering buds means that the plant’s energy will be concentrated in the remaining buds, producing quality over quantity. Make sure to cut above an existing bud as this reduces the chance of the stem dying back.

With shrubs and trees, you are looking to achieve a wine glass shape with the centre of the plant given plenty of light and air. Difficult as it can be to muster the confidence,

Visit the Royal Horticultural Society’s website as a good starting point. Confidence in how to prune, rather than just hack back, is a skill from which every gardener can benefit.

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Events • Clubs • Groups • Music • Fitness

What’s On Thursday, February 1 • West Mendip Walkers, 11-mile circular walk from Holford Bowling Club at 10am. Contact Andrew Smallbone 01761 462370. • Roxy Cinema presents Dunkirk (12A) at 8.30pm. Tickets from Roxy Box Office on 07725 051523. • Cheddar Stage Society at the Methodist Church Hall, Union Street. Anyone over 12 welbome to join for on and off stage roles. 7-9pm email: cheddarstagesociety@gmail.com for details Friday, February 2 • Cheddar Craft and Sewing Group meets at Cheddar Library, 2.30pm. Bring your own craft and chat session. • Age UK EXTEND Movement to Music, Cheddar Village Hall 2-3pm. £3.50 per session, contact 0845 6434702. • Roxy Cinema presents Dunkirk (12A) at 8.30pm. Tickets from Roxy Box Office on 07725 051523. • The Blend meeting for young people aged 12+, The Cafe, Church Street, Cheddar 7.30-10.30pm. Saturday, February 3 • Sweets’ Car Boot Sale, 2-4pm, Blakeway. Sunday, February 4 • St Andrews Church Holy Communion 8am • Cheddar Methodist Church, morning service 10.30am. • Cheddar Junior Parkun a free weekly run for 4-14-year-olds on Kings of Wessex sports field from 9am. Contact nickfaubel@yahoo.com or sorrelvet@gmail.com for details. • Cheddar car boot sale Winchester Farm from 9am. Monday, February 5

• Line dancing for absolute beginners 10.30-11.30am Cheddar Village Hall £2.50. • Cheddar U3A meet and greet, Cheddar Library 10.30am-noon. Tuesday, February 6 • Cheddar Old Time and Modern Sequence Dance Club. Contact Mike Bancroft 01934 741523 for details. • Moor Voices Community Choir meets at Hannah More Cottage, Lower North Street. Contact Issy Emeney on 01934 741551 for details. • Cheddar Country Market, Village Hall 10.30-11.30am. • North Sedgemoor Youth Club meets at the Methodist Village Hall, Cliff Street, Cheddar 7-9pm. All welcome £1 subs per week. Wednesday, February 7 • Cheddar Bridge Club meets at the Catholic Church Hall, North Street at 7pm. Contact Judith.strange@gmail. com for details. • Fitness2Unique, Blackford Village Hall, 9-10am Lisa Richards 07977 415799. Thursday, February 8 • West Mendip Walkers, 6-mile circular walk from Bath Road, East Wells at 12.30pm. Contact Ken Masters 01749 670349. • Draycott Arts Club, Draycott Memorial Hall 10am-1pm and 2-4pm. Boards and papers provided, contact Robin Gray -7968 287961. Friday, February 9 • Age UK EXTEND Movement to Music, Cheddar Village Hall 2-3pm. £3.50 per session, contact 0845 6434702. • Roxy Cinema presents Free Fire (15) at 8.30pm. Tickets from Roxy Box Office on 07725 051523. • The Blend meeting for young

people aged 12+, The Cafe, Church Street, Cheddar 7.30-10.30pm. Saturday, February 10 • Sweets’ Car Boot Sale, 2-4pm, Blakeway. Sunday, February 11 • St Andrews Church Holy Communion 8am • Cheddar Valley Community Church family celebration at Kings of Wessex main hall 10.30am-12 noon. • Cheddar Junior Parkun a free weekly run for 4-14-year-olds on Kings of Wessex sports field from 9am. Contact nickfaubel@yahoo.com or sorrelvet@gmail.com for details. • Cheddar car boot sale Winchester Farm from 9am. Monday, February 12 • Line dancing for absolute beginners 10.30-11.30am Cheddar Village Hall £2.50. • Cheddar U3A meet and greet, Cheddar Library 10.30am-noon. Tuesday, February 13 • Cheddar Old Time and Modern Sequence Dance Club. Contact Mike Bancroft 01934 741523 for details. • Moor Voices Community Choir meets at Hannah More Cottage, Lower North Street. Contact Issy Emeney on 01934 741551 for details. • Cheddar Country Market, Village Hall 10.30-11.30am. • North Sedgemoor Youth Club meets at the Methodist Village Hall, Cliff Street, Cheddar 7-9pm. All welcome £1 subs per week. Wednesday, February 14 • Pilates with Jane at Axbridge Town Hall from 4.30-5.30pm. • Fitness2Unique, Blackford Village Hall, 9-10am Lisa Richards 07977 415799.

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What’s On

Thursday, February 15 • West Mendip Walkers, 10-mile circular walk from Bishops Lidyeard at 10am. Contact Tony Strange 01934 733783. • Roxy Cinema presents Mad to be Normal (15) at 8.30pm. Tickets from Roxy Box Office on 07725 051523. • Cheddar Stage Society at the Methodist Church Hall, Union Street. Anyone over 12 welbome to join for on and off stage roles. 7-9pm email: cheddarstagesociety@gmail.com for details

Friday, February 16 • Roxy Cinema presents Nocturnal Animals (12A) at 8.30pm. Tickets from Roxy Box Office on 07725 051523. • Age UK EXTEND Movement to Music, Cheddar Village Hall 2-3pm. £3.50 per session, contact 0845 6434702. • The Blend meeting for young people aged 12+, The Cafe, Church Street, Cheddar 7.30-10.30pm. Saturday, February 17 • Sweets’ Car Boot Sale, 2-4pm, Blakeway. Sunday, February 18 • St Andrews Church Holy Communion 8am • Cheddar Methodist Church, morning service 10.30am. • Cheddar Junior Parkun a free weekly run for 4-14-year-olds on Kings of Wessex sports field from 9am. Contact nickfaubel@yahoo.com or sorrelvet@gmail.com for details. • Cheddar car boot sale Winchester Farm from 9am. Monday, February 19 • Line dancing for absolute beginners 10.30-11.30am Cheddar Village Hall £2.50.

• Cheddar U3A meet and greet, Cheddar Library 10.30am-noon.

Tuesday, February 20 • Cheddar Old Time and Modern Sequence Dance Club. Contact Mike Bancroft 01934 741523 for details. • Moor Voices Community Choir meets at Hannah More Cottage, Lower North Street. Contact Issy Emeney on 01934 741551 for details. • Cheddar Country Market, Village Hall 10.30-11.30am. • North Sedgemoor Youth Club meets at the Methodist Village Hall, Cliff Street, Cheddar 7-9pm. All welcome £1 subs per week. Wednesday, February 21 • Cheddar Bridge Club meets at the Catholic Church Hall, North Street at 7pm. Contact Judith.strange@gmail. com for details. • Fitness2Unique, Blackford Village Hall, 9-10am Lisa Richards 07977 415799. Thursday, February 22 • West Mendip Walkers, 6.5-mile circular walk from The Swan Inn, Rowberrow at 12.30pm. Contact Carol Jackson on 01934 733568.. • Draycott Arts Club, Draycott Memorial Hall 10am-1pm and 2-4pm. Boards and papers provided, contact Robin Gray -7968 287961. • Roxy Cinema presents Get Out (15) at 8.30pm. Tickets from Roxy Box Office on 07725 051523. Friday, February 23 • Cheddar Craft and Sewing Group meets at Cheddar Library, 2.30pm. Spring crafts – a special family session for children. • Age UK EXTEND Movement to Music, Cheddar Village Hall 2-3pm. £3.50 per session, contact 0845 6434702. • Roxy Cinema presents The Big

Short (15) at 8.30pm. Tickets from Roxy Box Office on 07725 051523. • The Blend meeting for young people aged 12+, The Cafe, Church Street, Cheddar 7.30-10.30pm. Saturday, February 24 • Sweets’ Car Boot Sale, 2-4pm, Blakeway. Sunday, February 25 • St Andrews Church Holy Communion 8am • Cheddar Valley Community Church family celebration at Kings of Wessex main hall 10.30am-12 noon. • Cheddar Junior Parkun a free weekly run for 4-14-year-olds on Kings of Wessex sports field from 9am. Contact nickfaubel@yahoo.com or sorrelvet@gmail.com for details. • Cheddar car boot sale Winchester Farm from 9am. Monday, February 26 • Line dancing for absolute beginners 10.30-11.30am Cheddar Village Hall £2.50. • Cheddar U3A meet and greet, Cheddar Library 10.30am-noon. Tuesday, February 27 • Cheddar Old Time and Modern Sequence Dance Club. Contact Mike Bancroft 01934 741523 for details. • Cheddar Country Market, Village Hall 10.30-11.30am. • North Sedgemoor Youth Club meets at the Methodist Village Hall, Cliff Street, Cheddar 7-9pm. All welcome £1 subs per week. Wednesday, February 28 • Cheddar Bridge Club meets at the Catholic Church Hall, North Street at 7pm. Contact Judith.strange@gmail. com for details. • Fitness2Unique, Blackford Village Hall, 9-10am Lisa Richards 07977 415799.

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