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Summer Barbecue and Musical Celebration

An invitation from the Dundon Cider Cooperative, to a
Summer Barbecue and Musical Celebration
Saturday 9th August 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Meadway Hall
We’re going to repeat the happy event we held last year, when we followed the Village Show with a ‘get together’ to share the cider we made in October, cook our own barbecued snacks and join in with Simon Dore and his musical friends.
Please bring your own food to barbecue. We’ll set up some barbecues, in advance. We’ll make a summer cider punch and of course, there’ll be lots of your Cooperative’s cider to drink. We made more than 100 gallons last year and it’s good!
Please invite whoever you think might enjoy the evening and/or may be interested in joining our Cooperative.
There’s also an invitation to join with Simon and friends to help make music.

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Village Show

Saturday 9th August – 2.30pm at the Meadway Hall

Closing date for entry forms together with entry fee is Thursday 7th August, (except creative writing which is 7th July). Entries are still only 25p with 10p for the children’s section.
Entries should be at the Meadway Hall on the morning of the Show between 8.00am and 10.30am. Doors open at 2.30 for viewing and there will be tea; coffee; amazing cakes and a raffle. Prize giving will be at 4.00pm.
Don’t forget…… in the Photography Category one section is ‘Our Village ‘ and in Floral Art we have Commonwealth Games—and there are the old favourites like the ugliest vegetable and heaviest marrow and longest runner bean. There are more schedules at the Post Office if you have mislaid yours.

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.

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Help us spot the wasted spaces where you live

A30/A303 Honiton to Broadway (Ilminster) Going West

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

The A303, linking the Westcountry with London via Basingstoke in Hampshire, has long been the subject of transport campaigns to upgrade the route. Congestion along many single carriageway sections, delays caused by slow traffic and queues for attractions such as Stonehenge mean that it is an unreliable and often impractical alternative to the longer M4 /M5 route.

Construction of the A303 began in 1933; now over 80 years on, the traffic demand frequently outstrips capacity in places. As a result, after vigorous campaigning by businesses and the three local authorities of Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire, a review of the A303 route was announced by Government in 2013. Undertaken by the Highways Agency (HA), this study considers the entire length (from Stonehenge to Honiton) of the road – over 90 miles – and will publish its findings in Autumn 2014.

Running in parallel with the HA study, Devon County Council supported by Somerset County Council is undertaking a separate but contributory piece of work on the stretch of the route running through Devon and Somerset from Honiton, near Exeter to Broadway near Ilminster. This stretch of road runs through the Blackdown Hills, an area recognised for its outstanding natural beauty and environmental significance.

The authorities are keen to understand the extent of the problems faced by business, commuters and other road users and what improvements, if any, could be made.  The information will contribute to the overall business case. It will bring together different options and ideas for deliverable and affordable improvements that are both sensitive to the landscape and appropriate for the flow of traffic.

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FixMyStreet – an online site to share local problems and report them to the local authority


  What is FixMyStreet? FixMyStreet is an online site, accessible through a computer or smartphone to help people to share, view, or discuss local problems they have found, and report them to their local authority by simply locating them on a map. This avoids confusion in description about the location and photos may be added that save many words. The site automatically advises the correct local authority and maintains a record for future reference that may be accessed by others. Updates can be added to keep all concerned advised as to the progress towards resolution of the problem. Reports can be searched by area and postcode so interested parties, groups and  parish and town councils can keep track and monitor progress. Software is available for local authorities to fully integrate their service support.   What sort of problems should I report with FixMyStreet? FixMyStreet is primarily for reporting things which are broken or dirty or damaged or dumped, and need fixing, cleaning or clearing, such as:

  • Potholes
  • Dangerous Uncut Verges and Hedges
  • Blocked  Gullies and Culverts – Flood Risk
  • Dangerous or Impassable Pavements
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Dog Fouling
  • Flyposting or graffiti
  • Flytipping or litter
  • Streetcleaning, such as broken glass in a cycle lane or pavement
  • Unlit lampposts

  How do I use the site? After entering a postcode or location, you are presented with a map of that area. You can view problems already reported in that area, or report ones of your own simply by clicking on the map at the location of the problem. How are the problems solved? They are reported to the relevant council by email. The council can then resolve the problem the way they normally would. Alternatively, you can discuss the problem on the website with others, and then together lobby the council to fix it, or fix it directly yourselves. Is it free? The site is free to use, yes. FixMyStreet is run by a registered charity, though, so if you want to make a contribution, please do.   Can I use FixMyStreet on my mobile? The FixMyStreet website will already work on your mobile phone, adapting to the size of your screen automatically. Using an app has some advantages, though — for example, you can create a report even when you have no network connection.

Practical Questions

I’m from a council, where do you send the reports? You can either leave a test report or contact us to find out where reports go at the moment. Also contact us to update the address or addresses we use. I’m from a council, can we have FixMyStreet on our website? Yes you can! We offer branded, hosted versions of FixMyStreet for local council websites. Full details.   Do you remove silly or illegal content? FixMyStreet is not responsible for the content and accuracy of material submitted by its users. We reserve the right to edit or remove any problems or updates which we consider to be inappropriate upon being informed by a user of the site.

Compton Dundon’s own Hovercraft manufacturer Exporter to the World

To Vortex Services – many thanks to Keith and Josh for your generous contribution to the auction of promises. Compton Dundon’s own Hovercraft manufacturer Exporter to the World
This is the smallest of a range of models

Address Vortex Services (Hovercraft) Ltd
Unit 1 Park Farm Hayes Road
Compton Dundon Somerton Somerset TA11 6PF UK
Phone 0779 3807073
Owner Keith Smallwood
E-mail information@vortex.org.uk


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