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Village Hall Quiz Night

Village Hall Quiz Night

with Fish and Chip supper

Friday 14th November

Teams of 4 £10

Fish and chip supper available to order  (in advance) £6 tel 446025.

This will be delivered from Rosie and Tere’s.

Bar available

Quiz starts 7.30pm

Broadband Fast fibre: A community shows the way

Everyone can get involved !

This Broadband network is being built by the community, for the community.

This is a community-wide, co-operative, and collaborative initiative

to do the job once, and do it correctly without costly stop gap solutions –

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Fibre Optic Ducting


“Where will your children, grandchildren and grandparents live?”

How do we build more homes for all our futures? 

South Somerset Together, the Local Strategic Partnership is to have a Housing Assembly on Thursday 23rd October, 16:30 – 19:30 at the District Council Offices in Brympton Way, Yeovil.

The aim is to explore the challenges of where our future generations are going to live in South Somerset. Key speakers will share their views and insights into better ways to house present and future generations including land supply, lifetime homes and community land trusts. There will also be the opportunity to discuss housing gaps and explore solutions.

Chair of the Strategic Partnership, Councillor Cathy Bakewell, said, “This is a real opportunity to see how we might take the housing agenda forward in a positive spirit of co-operation for the benefit of those living in our towns and villages.  Many young people are finding it difficult to afford either to buy or rent in our area and the elderly are finding it equally hard to downsize, due to the shortage of bungalows.  We need to discuss these issues and identify good solutions.”

Representatives from a wide range of organisations, parishes and businesses in the area have already booked to attend this free event.

Capacity is restricted and therefore booking is required. To book your place, please email: chereen.scott@southsomerset.gov.uk                                 or telephone 01935 462377.

Did you know? 

? The average house price in South Somerset = £210,447

? The gross annual income needed for a mortgage = £48,102

? but the average gross salary in South Somerset = £ 19,774

South Somerset Together draws representation from a wide range of public, private, voluntary and community organisations and includes all the main service providers in the district, such as Yarlington Housing Group, Yeovil College, South Somerset District Council, and Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.

The joined-up approach from South Somerset Together aims to tackle some of the most difficult issues creatively, in ways that could not be achieved by individual organisations, so saving time and public money.

Women’s Institute – September 2014

Opening a very poorly attended meeting, 17 of us in all, Kathie congratulated the winners at the recent village flower show.

Among the apologies for absence was Kath Franks who is having a few health problems at the moment, also Verity Linnet who is recovering slowly. We hope to see them back with us very soon.

Our Speaker, Ewa Berkieta, who lives in the village, is an accomplished worker in stained glass. Ewa led us through the history of glass making and explained that in the days when most people could not read, pictures were used to tell stories, particularly bible stories, hence so many stained glass windows in churches. Following the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry V111 stained glass windows fell into a rapid decline and only secular glass remained.

We have to thank the aristocracy for the fine examples of stained glass which we can see today, and there is a wonderful example in St Mary’s Church at Ifley Oxford depicting the nativity.Ervin Bossani a Hungarian artist is responsible for windows in Canterbury Cathedral and one is captivated by the beauty which will continue for many years to come. Ewa makes coloured glass window panels which are leaded in her studio which she has created in her home at Compton Dundon and Ewa extended an invitation to us all the visit and view her work.Ewa then demonstrated how to cut glass, describing the tools of her trade. We were thrilled to be presented with a jam jar which had been squashed in the kiln mounted on a stand, and inscribed with the letters, W I. Ewa explained that this represented the jam to go with Jerusalem which we had sung at the commencement of our meeting.

Sali thanked Ewa.

The correspondence included an invitation from Long Sutton W I for two members to join them in their 90th birthday celebrations.

Skittles: We will play Woolavington at King William Catcott October 17 and there will be a cup round versus Allerton A

on Tuesday October 7 at the Ring of Bells Ashcott at 7.30 p m.

Ladies who Lunch will meet October 17 at the Ring of Bells Ashcott.

Next meeting will be October 15 and will be our 85th birthday party.

Sali, who has some unfortunate health problems thanked members for their continued support, hugs and good wishes and said that this had helped her to continue to come through what is a very difficult time.

The competition for a glass vase was won by Mary Haywood with Sally Walker and Susie Robinson runners up.

The flower of the month was won by Trish Cox with Michaelmas Daisies.

Wendy Edwards.

Women’s Institute – August 2014

On a visit to Owen Barry, a local family owned leather factory we were introduced to the history of the building, by present co-owner Cindy who is  so enthusiastic about her family’s connections with the factory., Cindy’s family owned the factory many years ago, it changed hands due to changing fortunes but the wheel has turned full circle and once again it is family owned and run.

The products include wonderful sheepskin coats – so much lighter and fashionable than the much desired sheepskin coats remembered by most of our members. So many beautiful colours, other products include handbags and hats, During the tour we were introduced to the skilled workforce and Cindy explained how many of the skills will be lost because young people are not interested in an apprenticeship in cutting, stitching and  preparation of  the skins.

Chief customers for the exotic products are the Japanese and the Americans.  A little retail therapy was available in the well stocked shop and tea, coffee and delicious cakes followed concluding our much enjoyed visit.

Four teams attended another fun quiz evening at Somerton Social Club hosted by Somerton W I. Somerton had the highest and lowest scoring teams. A big thank you to Somerton W I for making us so welcome and ensuring we all had a good time.

On a perfect summer evening Gill Angie and Wendy joined Westonzoyland W I to go to Bristol Harbour side where we embarked on the Matthew of Bristol,which is a replica of the Tudor ship sailed by Venetian merchant John Cabot in 1497 from Bristol t,o Newfoundland in North America.We cruised around the harbour, ate a fish and chip supper and drank a glass of wine. The Skipper, Rick Wakeham lives, with his young family, on a barge moored in the harbour and kept us well informed and entertained with amusing anecdotes. Crewed by volunteers, one of whom gave us a short history of the reconstruction of the Matthew. On leaving the Matthew we had time to explore the “buzzing” waterfront.

At the recent local flower show,the W I shield for a Lemon Meringue Pie was won by one of our newest members, Sally Walker – well done Sally.

We were very disappointed on being told that our visit to Bucklers Mead W I who were to host a 1920′s1930′s party was cancelled due to the fact new gas pipes were to be installed in the hall. We had prepared our costumes to ensure we looked the part.

Skittles: No good news to report Walton W I defeated us by 37 pins, our next match is against Woolavington W I on September 17 at the King William Catcott when we hope to do better.

Ladies who Lunch met at the Natterjack at Evercreech and the next venue is the Knowle Inn August 20.

There was no meeting in August but we will meet again September 10 when the speaker will be Ewa Berkieta on  Stained Glass Window Work, competition a Glass Vase.

Wendy Edwards.

South West Resilience Campaign – overdue investments in the transport network

South West Resilience Campaign


We urgently need your help to persuade the Government to commit vital and long overdue investments in the South West Peninsula’s transport network in this year’s Autumn Statement.

Reliable roads and railways are a vital part of everyday life. They are vital to the economy and our essential services. But in the South West Peninsula, we’ve experienced appalling disruption to our connectivity with the rest of the UK through extreme weather.

At times, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset’s strategic road and rail links with the UK were severed the M5 and A303 flooded, whilst the loss of the sea wall at Dawlish, flooding and landslips along our main rail lines left many passengers delayed at best, and stranded on occasion.

This has exposed the fragility of the South West Peninsula’s strategic transport links brought on by decades of under-investment by successive Governments. The impact on our transport networks has been unlike anything encountered in modern times, but it isn’t a one-off. The Environment Agency and the Met Office warn that extreme weather will affect the South West Peninsula with increasing regularity in the future. These events will pass, but the chaos they leave behind may take months to put right.

We need to prepare now and make sure the South West Peninsula keeps moving in the future so that essential services can function, the economy can grow, people can get on with their lives and visitors can continue to enjoy all that the South West has to offer.

As a result, a partnership of South West local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships, supported by the bodies such as CBI, has come together to campaign to Government to improve our resilience and encourage economic growth.

The campaign is calling on the Government to invest in four key actions:

• Improvements to the A303/ A30/ A358 to create a reliable second strategic road link from London   to the South West Peninsula

• A resilient and reliable railway for the South West Peninsula

• Faster rail journey times and better connections

• Sufficient capacity and quality of our trains to meet demand

We know that many businesses and communities are experiencing problems.

We need your help to put the strongest case to Government in advance of the Autumn Statement this year.

Ministers need to hear from you, your members, employees, friends and colleagues about why the Government should back our campaign.

If you are willing to write to the Government directly (and copy us in) that will have a powerful effect on Ministers. The more of us who let Ministers know we need them to act now the stronger our voice in Whitehall becomes. Copying us in helps us to keep track of how the campaign is progressing and encourage others to get involved.

Below you will find addresses for Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport, and George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Secretary of State will determine his department’s transport priorities for the future, the Chancellor will decide how much money those priorities will get, so it’s important that both hear your views.

If you would prefer just to let us know about the problems you experience – and the benefits that improved connectivity could bring, we would also be very grateful.

These comments can be used as part of the overall campaign business case. This can be done either by emailing us at


or alternatively by filling the form on our website


On behalf of the partnership for South West Resilience, we would like to thank you in advance for your help and support.

More information is available on our website:


Yours sincerely

Peter Doyle Liz Waugh

Head of External Affairs Coast Communications

Devon County Council

On behalf of:

The Peninsula Rail Task Force

Devon and Somerset Local Transport Board

Cornwall Council

Devon County Council

Plymouth City Council

Somerset County Council

Torbay Council

Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership

Devon and Cornwall Business Council


Letters of support should be addressed to:

Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Rt Hon George Osborne MP,


Secretary of State for Transport, Chancellor of the Exchequer,

Department for Transport, HM Treasury,

Great Minster House, 1 Horse Guards Road,

76 Marsham Street, London,

London, SW1A 2HQ


patrick.mcloughlin@dft.gsi.gov.uk private.office@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk

Copied to

Cc: info@resiliencesouthwest.co.uk


See also

A30/A303 Honiton to Broadway (Ilminster) Going West

Have your say – Follow the Link - http://a303ahead.co.uk/

Broadband in Compton Dundon – New Map of Superfast Progress

Connecting Devon and Somerset have issued an updated Website with new mapping.

This appears to show the following for the ‘Superfast Service’ in the parish:

That for those with ’44′  at the front of  their telephone number  is “Coming Soon”

shown brown on the map – see also http://comptondundon.com/?p=3470

That for those with ’27′  at the front of  their telephone number  is “Under Evaluation”

shown blue on the map. This is  a serious concern that the  surveying is not programmed to  start in Dundon for  another year (Oct 2015 – March 2016) indicating  the improbability of meeting the promise of a universal minimum 2Mb/s broadband service in 2016.

Our parishioners in Littleton shown grey on the map will no doubt be disappointed to learn that despite over £50M of public money being proposed to be spent and with a BT duct containing fibre networks passing within yards of their doors on the B3151 they appear to be “Out of the Programme” for Connecting Devon and Somerset

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see http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/where-when/

Members Briefing from    Connecting Devon and Somerset                           July 30th 2014

Progress update: 

Latest announcement: CDS launched its new website on Wednesday 30th July. The programme has reached a point in the roll out where it is able to share more detailed and wider ranging information than we have been able to until now. The new website is easier to navigate with more features including a zoomable base map that will make it far simpler for residents and businesses to find detailed information that is relevant to them. The CDS website address remains the same www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk.

Key features:

  • The map and website are now compatible with the majority of tablets and smartphones and both are faster loading across all platforms.
  • There is now only one map, which displays all current roll out information to 7 digit postcode level. It combines the 3 maps on the previous website and displays more detailed information.
  • The new map includes the locations of the ‘final 10%’ – premises that will not be able to access superfast broadband by the end of 2016*- to 7 digit postcode level.
  • The new map includes estimated survey dates for all areas under evaluation to 7 digit postcode level.
  • Using 7 digit postcode level information means that the information we supply is more detailed than the earlier map’s ‘exchange level’ data, where an exchange was marked as live as soon as the first cabinet was enabled. This led to some understandable confusion when not all cabinets at the same exchange were enabled at the same time.

*CDS has submitted a full funding application to BDUK’s Superfast Extension Programme (SEP). Should this be successful then the CDS partners aim to reach 95% of premises by the end of 2017.

Please advise your businesses and residents that improvements to their broadband speeds will not happen automatically. When an area becomes ready for service, businesses and residents will need to purchase a superfast broadband package from their internet service provider. In many areas that are live, the service is being offered by a range of different providers, so please encourage constituents to shop around and get the best deal.


Please also continue to support the programme by encouraging constituents in areas that are live to take up a superfast broadband service and drive take-up across the programme area.


We are also keen to develop case studies of businesses, home workers and families who are taking up the new service.  If you hear of anyone in your constituency who would make a good case study and would be willing to take part, please put them in touch with Sofie Francis (see below).

For further information please contact Connecting Devon and Somerset: broadband@devon.gov.uk or visit www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk


Where & When Map Considerations

Please note the following in regards to the map data

Timescales and plans may change

The map and related messaging are only a guide. They should not be viewed as a definitive answer to current or future broadband coverage:

  • Survey dates are only estimates. Programme wide factors may stand to impact on survey dates causing shifts (either forwards or backwards) in relation to the programme’s schedule.
  • Survey dates are not necessarily an indication of proximity to upgrade. Surveying in one area could happen far in advance of the area going live.
  • Just because an area is down to be surveyed does not necessarily mean it will be upgraded. The engineering, logistical and technical issues found during surveying will inform which cabinets get enabled off an exchange.
  • We have applied for additional funding from central government and other sources. If successful with our bids, such funding will go towards increasing superfast coverage beyond our current 90% superfast target. As such this may lead to premises, currently listed as out of the programme (grey), being included through programme extensions in the future. Note however that the timescale for any such extension will probably be beyond the end of 2016.

The map provides postcode, not premise level information

Not all premises within a postcode marked as live may be able to access a fibre service. This is because:

  • There may be more than one cabinet serving a postcode. Not all cabinets serving a postcode may be enabled by the programme (either at the same time, or at all by the end of 2016):

- You will need to contact an internet service provider to determine which cabinet you are connected to.

- We list the cabinet/s related to each live, or soon to be live, postcode on our map page.

- For any partially enabled postcode that is marked as live on our map. If we intend to conduct further surveying for the other areas of the postcode that arn’t yet enabled, we will display the related survey window for such work on our map page. However, the results of this additional surveying will ultimatley determine if additional cabinets serving the postcode are upgraded at a later point in the programme.

  • Factors such as copper line distance from the cabinet, or copper line quality, may mean that a fibre service in the form of an uplift in speed or a superfast (24Mbps+) connection is not available at a premise. The only way to determine this is to get an internet service provider to run a check on the line once your cabinet is shown as live on our map.
  • Some premises within a postcode may be connected directly to the exchange rather than a cabinet (so called exchange only lines). For technical reasons exchange only lines will not be able to access the benefits of fibre cabinet upgrades. We are investigating a range of alternative technologies for exchange only lines, including: fibre to the premise, network rearangement and other alternative technologies. However, not all exchange only lines may be upgraded by the end of the programme. We will provide postcode level notice of any exchange only line enablement on our map. You will need to enquire with an internet service provider to see if you are connected to an exchange only line.
  • Some postcodes may be covered by both private (commercial) and public rollouts of fibre – some premises within a postcode being covered commercially by private providers, and other premises covered by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS). Given the fact our map is postcode level only, we have chosen to shown such postcodes as within the CDS programme. However, for such postcodes, any commercially covered premises may be upgraded following a different timescale to those covered by CDS.

Fibre service availability is not the same as infrastructure availability

Connecting Devon and Somerset is tasked with delivering fibre infrastructure capable of delivering superfast (24Mbps+) services to 90% of premises by the end of 2016. It is not tasked with delivering fibre services and is not an internet service provider.

  • We are not able to provide information on internet service provider take up at a cabinet/postcode level. However, we notify all internet service providers far in advance of a cabinet going live, and in general, the main internet service providers usually take up the infrastructure by the time we announce a cabinet.
  • Please bear in mind that internet service providers might not inform you of infrastructure availability when you enquire about coverage. They may simply tell you if they do, or do not provide a fibre service to your premise. This is not to say however that fibre infrastructure capable of an uplift in speed, or a superfast (24Mbps+) service is not available to you:

- If the first provider you check states that a fibre service is not available for a premise, we would advise you to check with a range of other internet service providers.

- If no providers are offering a fibre service and your cabinet is marked as live on our map, it is likely that factors such as copper line distance and line quality mean that a fibre service is not available at your premise.


Somerset County Council
Press Release
£38m funding confirmed for superfast broadband improvements


Connecting Devon and Somerset has confirmed that an additional £38 million will be invested in improving superfast broadband coverage across the region. This funding will be spent on increasing coverage to 95% of homes and businesses by 2017.Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth for Devon County Council, said: “We are delighted to announce that Connecting Devon and Somerset and its partners have raised over £19 million towards better superfast broadband coverage in Devon and Somerset. This means that together with the matched funding from Government we have over £38 million to invest, the largest of any superfast broadband programme in the UK. This enables us to increase coverage to 95% of homes and businesses by 2017. It puts us well on the way to our ultimate ambition of 100% coverage by 2020.“Our next step will be to run an open procurement exercise to find the best partners to deliver this investment. We aim to start this process in September and select one or more partners by next February. By that time, we will also be able to identify the next communities that will benefit from the additional funding.

“In the meantime, we are focused on raising a further £3 million to bring us up to our original target of £22.75 million of funding. This will then release the equivalent government match funding which is still available. So there is still time to get an even better deal for the region.”

Connecting Devon and Somerset is the largest project of its kind in the UK and has made a significant contribution to the recent national milestone of one million premises connected in the UK. The project has now reached 63 communities across the two counties by connecting 261 cabinets to the fibre network.

Councillor David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “This is a very important announcement for Devon and Somerset. This fantastic news means that that even more homes and businesses will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband. More businesses will be able to access new markets, increase their trading potential and their productivity. More people will be able to use online public services, stay connected with friends and family, and search for employment opportunities. Children and adults will have far greater access to online educational resources.

“There is still a lot of work left to do with many communities yet to be connected. Our energy and focus, boosted by this exciting new investment, remains directed towards connecting the whole of Devon and Somerset as rapidly and efficiently as possible.”

More information is available on Connecting Devon and Somerset’s web site at www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk, where you can search for your postcode to check on superfast broadband in your area.


Notes to Editors

For further information please contact: Richard Brown or Chris Lawrance at JBP on 0117 907 3400 / 07850 713 778 or email richard.brown@jbp.co.uk or chris.lawrance@jbp.co.uk.

The £19 million of local contributions are made up of EU funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership (£4.275m); the Growing Places Fund, also from the LEP (£4.2m); Somerset County Council and Devon County Council (£5.18m); and other district and unitary authorities, and National Parks (£5.512m). The Superfast Britain programme in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport is matching these contributions, bringing the total investment to over £38 million.

Some funding is currently committed in principle, so Connecting Devon and Somerset will be working closely with its partners to confirm this funding over the coming months. The commitment has been fully accepted by government hence its agreeing to match it in its entirety.

The government has allocated a total of £22.75 million to match contributions raised by the region itself, and Connecting Devon and Somerset is working with its partners to raise a further £3 million and release the remaining matched funding available.

About Connecting Devon and Somerset
Councils and other organisations across Devon and Somerset are working together to bring faster broadband to the area and deliver improved broadband for rural Devon and Somerset – the “final third” – rural areas that are unlikely to benefit from commercial investment in broadband.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset project covers Devon County Council, Somerset County Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council, and North Somerset Council areas.

The project has already secured £32 million of funding from the government agency Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and both Somerset and Devon County Councils have put in £10 million each. Further funding from Bath and North East Somerset Council brought the public sector total close to £53 million. With the £41 million additional investment from BT and the latest announcement of £38 million, Connecting Devon and Somerset is now a £132 million project.
For more information, visit www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk

About Superfast Britain
Superfast Britain is a Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio is comprised of three elements:
• £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017
• £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities
• £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services
Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.
For further information, visit https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk






Rural campaigners call on public (that’s you) to identify brownfield sites for new homes

Countryside campaigners are calling on the public to identify disused land across England that could be suitable for new homes.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is launching a new campaign to map brownfield land across the country in a bid to highlight thousands of empty sites in villages, towns and cities that could be suitable for new homes.

The new digital campaign, #WasteOfSpace, launches today and will run for six months. To take part, people are asked to nominate a brownfield site in their local area – for example an empty shop, disused post office, or abandoned factory – by tweeting or emailing photos which will be added to an interactive map online.


To nominate a brownfield site and add it to CPRE’s ‘WasteOfSpace’ map of England, people are asked to send an image of the site (as simple as a quick snap on a smartphone or up loading a picture online) and an address of the site – either a postcode or rough street address.

Send the image by:

emailing wasteofspace@cpre.org.uk
tweeting @CPRE with the campaign hashtag #WasteOfSpace
posting to the Facebook group #WasteOfSpace

Please help us by nominating brownfield sites in your area that could be suitable for housing development in the future and provide the homes both young and older people need.

I am sure many of us can think of long un-utitised sites in nearby towns.

Find out more
Help us spot the wasted spaces where you live