Flood Action Plan – the Somerset Rivers Authority.


This is an update on the progress being made by the Flood Action Plan, the implementation of which is now overseen by the Somerset Rivers Authority. Some actions are already funded and are being tackled immediately, while others are more long-term or do not yet have funding. It is our intention to provide these update reports every two months through the Somerset Rivers Authority website.


WI Report – April 2015

A “Funny thing happened to me at a Funeral” was the theme for Clive Wakeley an undertaker from Yeovil who, at the outset, stressed he had no wish to offend but sometimes a little laughter at a funeral ceremony helps to deal with grief, and everyone has their own way of dealing with sadness.Clive talked us through many scenarios dealing with various types of coffins, modes of transport and last minute requests. So many stories, but one highlight was the story of a lady who had requested a cardboard coffin. This was in the days when cardboard coffins were very primitive and in this case, Clive asked the daughter of the deceased lady to come in and make sure the coffin he had acquired was suitable. The daughter took one look at  what was very obviously a cardboard box and said “My mother would not be seen dead in that!” Realising what she had said, they managed to stop laughing and in the event,the daughter decorated the cardboard coffin and it was quite presentable, so everyone’s wishes were satisfied. Clive told of a little boy, clutching his mother’s hand, in the waiting room at the crematorium could not take his eyes from Clive in all his regalia, top hat etc and said in a very loud voice “Look Mum there goes the Fat Controller”.Clive has attended funerals on the back of a high powered motorcycle where the deceased was a motorcycle fanatic and one lady requested everyone stop on the way from Bridport to Weymouth at a lay-by to consume an ice-cream from the ice-cream van as this was something she always did when travelling the scenic coastal route. Not only did the family eat ice-cream on the way to the crematorium, they also called in, to the delight of the ice-cream man, on the way back, hearses and funeral cars piling into the car park, much to the amazement of passing motorists.

Angela thanked Clive for his very amusing and comforting talk, many questions were asked, which Clive dealt with very competently.

Many requests for memorabilia from County, National and Wendy who will all compile records of the last 100 years, amusing anecdotes especially welcome.

Angela Castle and Susie Robertson will be going to the Albert Hall for the National Federation Women’s Institute Annual Meeting  Janet and Wendy expressed an interest in going to the cinema at Yeovil to watch the day unfold, live on screen June 4.

Patricia Heap is our new representative on the village hall committee.

The semi finals of the skittles competition will be played April 23 venue Travellers Rest East Pennard, opponents Buckland Dinham W I.

Women Walk the World.  Meet at the Castlebrook car park Tuesday April 28 to walk around the village, returning to the Castlebrook where mine host has kindly donated sandwiches and chips. The charge for this walk is £2.50 - all proceed to ACWW.

September sees us celebrating 100 years of W I the theme will be a Rainbow Party, ideas wanted please, – watch this space.

We will be entering a team at the Group Quiz at Woolavington June 19. Next month Yvonne Whittamore will speak on Fabric Flowers.Ladies Who Lunch will meet at the Castlebrook.

The competition for a decorated egg was won by Corinne, second Janet Davis and Christina third. The Flower of the Month winner Janet Davis with a mixed display of tulips and grape hyacinths.

Wendy Edwards.

Parish and District Council Elections 2015 – Thursday 7th May


On Thursday 7th May, elections will be taking place for the Members of Parliament for the Somerton & Frome constituency. On the same day, elections will be held for the South Somerset District Council and the Parish Council.

Persons Nominated – Somerton and Frome Constituency


Persons nominated for election as



The following persons have been nominated:

SURNAME Other Name(s)           Address                                      Description


ASHTON Frankie            Bettws Northfield Somerton TA11 6SL                       Labour Party

PAGE Stephen                43 Irving Road Keinton Mandeville Somerton           Liberal Democrats

RUDDLE Dean               Freshfields Cartway Lane Somerton Somerset           The Conservative



Persons nominated for election as

Councillor for the            COMPTON DUNDON PARISH COUNCIL

The following persons have been nominated:


SURNAME Other Names                         Address


CHURCHES Diana May   The Nook Ham Lane Compton Dundon Somerton Somerset TA11 6PQ

JONES Greg                     Morland Cottage Peak Lane Compton Dundon Somerton Somerset

KEARTON Tiffany             Keepers Cottage Ham Lane Compton Dundon Somerset TA11 6PQ

KING Stephen                   Linden Lea Hayes Road Compton Dundon Somerton Somerset TA11 6PF

NAPPER Graham William              Trays Farm Compton Dundon Somerton Somerset TA11 6PS

OLIVIER Vicki Nell             Clarendon House Compton Dundon Somerton Somerset TA11 6PY

ROWLAND John Michael     Middle Farm Compton Dundon Somerton Somerset TA11 6PE

THOMAS Hugh Allden       The Beacon Peak Lane Compton Dundon Somerton Somerset TA11 6NZ

WALKER Geoffrey            Shetland Compton Street Compton Dundon Somerset TA11 6PS


International Folk Music Comes To Compton Dundon!

PhotoA few lucky villagers were treated to an evening of international folk music on Monday 23rd March, when Compton Dundon’s folk band joined renowned German duo Sven and Petra Puchelt for an exchange of rounds, rants and reels. Featuring Anthea Bell on keyboard and piano accordion, Alan Riley on recorder and concertina, and Simon Dore on guitar, melodeon and spoons, the village band shared a selection of Northumbrian folk tunes as well as our local anthem, Drink Up Thee Cider, with the visitors. Sven and Petra speak excellent English but translation was needed in this instance!

You can see some video’s of performances on our Facebook Page

In return, Sven (guitar) and Petra (melodeon) performed a selection of traditional and contemporary tunes from the continent, and left copies of their sheet music for the band. Hosts Vicky Holmes and Richard Conway invited Kathy and Andrew Chiffers to share the entertainment – sadly the kitchen at Kerris Cottage could not fit a larger audience – and Andrew provided copious quantities of village cider to fuel the evening.

Plans are afoot to bring Sven and Petra back for village events later in the year so that everyone can have a chance to listen to their wonderful music. If anyone would like to hear more from Sven’s band, Richard and Vicky have copies of his CDs which they are very willing to lend out.

Vicky & Richard
Tel.: 445977

First Meeting of Golf Society

Thanks to everyone attending our first meeting of the Compton Dundon Golf Society yesterday at Farrington Park, for making the event such a success! We even managed to have sunshine just about all day, very Spring-like! The Course was in great condition, with the greens tricky to read and the fairways with some run on the ball, for those who managed to find them! I thought Farrington Park made us very welcome and the meal, with drinks afterwards, was excellent value.

Most importantly, everyone from the village made new friends and had the opportunity to chat during the game and over a drink afterwards.

Golf 1

For the record, we had 14 players and results were as follows :

Best Team score : Karen Cookson, Ian Dillamore and Andrew Curtis

Best Individual Score : Dave Wisniewski

Second Individual score : Nina Dillamore

Attached are a few photos of the teams, ready to Tee off.


Golf 6 Golf 5 Golf 4 Golf 3 Golf 2

Our next Meeting is at Isle of Wedmore Golf Club on Wednesday April 15th, with the first Tee off at 11.00am  The cost will be the same at £40, to include Coffee and bacon rolls, 18 holes of golf, followed by a 2 course meal and prizes afterwards. We hope as many people as possible will be able to come along and support this meeting and again enjoy friendly golf. Please note that we have to advise Wedmore of numbers attending by 8th April, so please confirm your attendance by sending me a cheque, or cash, or transferring money directly to the CDGS Bank account, details available by email.

Please identify your transfer with your Name, and the date of the Match.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone details below . Looking forward to seeing you all on the 15th April!

Ian Dillamore
East Barn,
Compton Street,
Home phone : 01458 448873
Mobile :           07885 653095

Parliamentary Hustings – Hear and Chose your next MP

The General Election is looming,  featuring six Parliamentary hopefuls for the highly marginal Somerton and Frome seat.

General Election 2015 – The Hustings Live – Q&A with the Candidates

Election 2015 – Somerton & Frome Constituency

The Church of Keinton Mandeville with Kingweston are organising

A Hustings Meeting In Keinton Village Hall

On Friday, 1st May 2015,

Starting at 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm.

David MacGeoch, Rural Dean, will chair the meeting

Take this opportunity to put your questions to the Parliamentary Candidates

who are standing in this Constituency for the General Election.

All Candidates for Somerton & Frome Constituency have been invited.

We have confirmation from five Candidates to attend:

Theo Simon, Green Party; David Oakensen, Labour Party; David Rendel, Liberal Party; Alan Dimmick, UKIP Party; Ian Angell, Independent.

David Warburton of the Conservative Party is unable to come but it is hoped

that a representative from the Conservative Party will attend.

Please can questions be submitted beforehand either to

Chris or Emma Stevens (01458) 223344 – or on arrival at the meeting

About Alan Dimmick -Standing in Somerton and Frome for UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Find out more at https://yournextmp.com/person/6469

About David Oakensen - Standing in Somerton and Frome for Labour Party

Find out more at https://yournextmp.com/person/2949

About David Rendel - Standing in Somerton and Frome for Liberal Democrats

Find out more at https://yournextmp.com/person/4849

About David Warburton - Standing in Somerton and Frome for Conservative Party

About Ian Angell - Standing in Somerton and Frome for Independent

About Theo Simon - Standing in Somerton and Frome for Green Party

Find out more at https://yournextmp.com/person/4990



Rate the Policies and find out which Party you should be voting for here



Manifestoes for parties represented

in the Somerton and Frome constituency MP elections












The Castlebrook Inn is OPEN

We can now confirm we are officially open to the general public!IMG_2096

So what are you waiting for? Come and check out our new look!!

Opening times:

Monday – Thursday 12pm-11.30pm

Friday & Saturday


Food served all day


Sunday Lunch

Sunday evening

Hopefully see you all soon!

Parish Council Election – 7th May 2015

What is a Parish Council?

A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish.  It is the level government closest to the community, with the district authority (South Somerset District Council) above it in the hierarchy.

As it is the authority closest to the people, parish councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas.  For this reason they are a vital part of any community.

Why become a Parish Councillor?

If you’ve never been to a parish council meeting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that parish councillors are a group of (probably older) people who meet now and then in a draughty village hall.  If, however, you live in a community where something ‘big’ has happened, you’ll know that when people in the community need support and guidance, it is sometimes the parish council that is turned to.

By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support; a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.  Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community.  Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions.  But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the district council, health authorities, police etc).

In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful.  The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?

The parish council meets once a month, to which members of the public are also invited.  Meetings may last two or three hours, depending on the agenda set for the meeting to discuss.  In addition to the regular meetings, councillors may be required to attend other meetings representing the council. ? for example acting as a representative on an outside body, community activities or helping develop a new project for the community.  Such meetings won’t happen every day, so it’s not going to take over your life.

How long does a parish councillor serve for?

Once elected, parish councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years.  If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election.

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?

To stand for election on a parish council, you must:

  • be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;
  • be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or;
  • be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;
  • be a least 18 years old.

You don’t have to be connected to a political party.

If you do become a parish councillor you will have to sign up to the Code of Conduct.

What powers do parish councils have?

They have a wide range of powers which essentially related to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more.  The council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept.  The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax.  The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the district council, which collects the tax for the parish council.

Parish Duties

Compton Dundon has 7 Councillors who stand for election every four years.  The duties and functions of a parish council are many and varied.
The Council meets monthly and considers planning applications and any other matters referred to it by local residents. All meetings are open to the public and there is a forum before the start of the meeting at which members of the public can raise concerns and ask questions.  There is also an annual meeting which all parishioners are invited to attend.  All meetings are advertised on the council notice boards.  Residents can bring to the attention of the parish council anything that concerns them, either directly or through the clerk.  If matters raised are not the responsibility of the council, the clerk can bring them to the attention of the proper authority.

Don’t take our word for it!

The best way to find out what it’s like to be a parish councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now.  Come along to a parish council meeting, or speak to one of our councillors and find out what they think of the job.

Nomination forms are available from the Parish Clerk (Stanislaw Berkieta comptondundonclerk@gmail.com) and must be submitted to the District Council by 4.00pm on the 9th April 2015.