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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.
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:
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
Devon County Council
Plymouth City Council
Somerset County 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
Have your say – Follow the Link - http://a303ahead.co.uk/
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
Members Briefing from Connecting Devon and Somerset July 30th 2014
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.
*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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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:
- 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.
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.
- 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
|£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
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
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.
About Superfast Britain
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:
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
The Parish Council has received a planning consultation for alterations at the Castlebrook Inn.
Let’s hope it’s open again soon.
The District Council has received an application for Outline Planning Permission for a development of 40 houses on the Main Road north of Castlebrook the details of which can be viewed using the following link :
The application will be discussed at next Parish Council meeting
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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